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Science Talk

Summary: Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to

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 The Transit of Venus, Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:20

With a transit of Venus coming up on June 5th or 6th in different parts of the world, Mark Anderson, author of the book The Day The World Discovered the Sun, talks about the great efforts to track the transits of Venus in the 1760s and the science they would produce

 Virus Victors: People Who Control HIV | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:02

Bruce Walker, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, M.I.T. and Harvard, talks about his article in the July issue of Scientific American magazine called "Controlling HIV," about rare individuals who never develop AIDS after being infected by the virus

 The Football Concussion Crisis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:34

NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson joins former NBC anchor Stone Phillips and pathologist Bennet Omalu for a discussion of chronic traumatic encephalopathy among football players. Recorded May 12th at the, site of the new play Headstrong about the brain injury issue

 Killer Chimps and Funny Feet: Report from the AAPA Conference | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:56

Scientific American editor Kate Wong talks about the recent conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Portland, Ore., where subjects included killer chimps, unprecedented fossil sharing among researchers and divergent hominid foot forms

 Getting Guinea Worm Gone: Report from the AHCJ Conference | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:26

Scientific American editor Christine Gorman talks about the recent conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, including Jimmy Carter's efforts against guinea worm and trachoma, and Rosalynn Carter's mental health initiatives

 Food Poisoning's Lasting Legacy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:13

Scientific American Science of Health columnist Maryn McKenna talks about the new understanding that food poisoning can have long-lasting negative health effects

 Fukushima Anniversary: We Listen Back | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:45

Scientific American editor David Biello takes us through newly released audio from the first week of the nuclear meltdown crisis at Fukushima Daiichi

 AAAS Report: Fracking, Whale Rights, Higgs Evidence and Twitter Truthiness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:14

Scientific American editors Mark Fischetti and Michael Moyer discuss some of the sessions they attended at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Subjects covered include fracking, cetacean rights, the Higgs boson and Twitter 's truthiness

 If You're Happy, How You Know It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:15

Social scientist Roly Russell, of the Sandhill Institute in British Columbia, talked with Scientific American 's Mark Fischetti at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science about potentially better measures than GDP of a nation's well-being

 The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:01

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor Fred Guterl about the technological "Entanglement" and the attempts to build the other, hardier Internet

 More with Maryn: McKenna on Antibiotic Resistance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:38

In part 2 of our conversation with journalist and author Maryn McKenna, she talks about antibiotic resistance in agriculture and human health, MRSA, and offers a brief coda on the subject of fecal transplants

 Fecal Transplants: The Straight Poop | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:01

Journalist and author Maryn McKenna talks about fecal transplants, which have proved to be exceptionally effective at restoring a healthy intestinal microbiome and curing C. diff infections, yet remain in regulatory limbo

 State of the Union: Research, Technology and Energy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:18

About six minutes of President Obama's State of the Union address dealt with research, technology and energy

 A Second Science Front: Evolution Champions Rise to Climate Science Defense | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:59

Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, long the nation's leading defender of evolution education, discusses the NCSE's new initiative to help climate science education

 Anna Deavere Smith: Let Me Down Easy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:26

Actor, playwright and journalist Anna Deavere Smith talks about the health care crisis and her play about people dealing with illness, health and the health care system, Let Me Down Easy


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