19-07 Segment 2: Considering the Precarious Future of AI

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Between Alexa, Google and Siri, artificial intelligence is here. But looking forward, AI will only get more and more intelligent. Author and researcher James Rollins discusses why AI has long scared scientists and storytellers, and what the future of our technology could look like if we aren’t careful.

Guest:

  • James Rollins, researcher and author, Crucible 

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19-05 Segment 2: Parenting a Transgender Child

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We talk to the parent and the doctor of a transgender child to discover what science says about gender transitions and how one family navigated the issues associated with having a child you suddenly don’t fully understand.

Guests:

  • Dr. Michele Angello, therapist and gender specialist
  • Alisa Bowman, journalist, author, and mother of a transgender child

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18-50 Segment 1: The Many Planets Outside Our Galaxy and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

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We know about the planets within the Milky Way Galaxy, but what about planets outside of our neighborhood? We talk to Dr. Donald Goldsmith about “exoplanets” and where science stands on the issue of life thriving somewhere else in the universe.

Guest:

  • Dr. Donald Goldsmith, author of Exoplanets: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life

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18-48 Segment 2: Sleeping Soundly: How getting quality sleep can enhance our health

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We all sleep, it’s human evolution. But the amount of sleep we get and the quality of that sleep can vary greatly. We talk to Matthew Walker, a professor at California-Berkeley, who says sleep in the single biggest thing we can do to help our physical and mental health both in the short-term and long-term.

Guest:

  • Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California-Berkeley and author, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams

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17-19 Segment 2: The History of Physics

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The history of physics is a long and extremely interesting one, littered with the names of some of the most famous scientists in the world, like Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, Einstein, Curie, and others. We talk to a science historian about a few of the highlights throughout the long history of physics and astronomy.

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Religion Behind Bars: The role of faith-based prison ministries: Since the beginning of the US prison system, religion has been suggested as a way to help rehabilitate criminals. We talk to Tanya Erzen, a professor of religion, about why that is and what role prison ministries play in the lives on inmates.

The History of Physics: The history of physics is a long and extremely interesting one, littered with the names of some of the most famous scientists in the world, like Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, Einstein, Curie, and others. We talk to a science historian about a few of the highlights throughout the long history of physics and astronomy.

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16-14 Segment 1: Astronomical Wonders: What’s coming up this year?

 

Synopsis: There’s a lot going on in the sky for the remainder of this year and our guests discuss the upcoming astronomical events and how you can watch them with the naked eye or with inexpensive binoculars and telescopes. We also discuss the importance and the fun of stargazing, where the best places are to watch the skies and how urban areas can change their lighting to make more heavenly bodies visible to their residents.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Mario De Leo-Winkler, post-doctoral researcher for NASA-JPL and the University of California-Riverside; Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope magazine.

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