Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He is an author and also lectures regularly at universities, medical schools, and museums. His books include; Soul Made Flesh, a history of the brain, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, At the Water's Edge, a book about major transitions in the history of life, The Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins and Parasite Rex, a book capable of changing how we see the world."
His latest book, Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life, is a biography of the best-studied creature on Earth. While most people may only know E. coli as a lethal germ, we actually carry hundreds of billions of these bacteria in our bodies for our entire lives. Over the past fifty years, E. coli has been poked, probed, and dissected by thousands of biologists who seek answers to the most fundamental questions of biology, a number of whom have won Nobel Prizes for their work.
Bestselling novelist Richard Phillips discussed some of the startling technologies he (may have) glimpsed while working as a physicist at the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. In the first hour, science writer Carl Zimmer provided an update on what could be a global bedbug epidemic. ... More »Host: Ian Punnett
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, David Cay Johnston discussed his book, Free Lunch, which exposes how everyone from golf course developers and sports team owners to Paris Hilton and other super rich are getting richer off of government subsidies.Johnston provided specific examples of wealthy people who have enriched themselves at the expense of taxpayers. He told Ian the new Yankee Stadium will likely end up costing taxpayers about $1.2 billion. Even more disturbing, Johnston said Former New York City Mayor and Yankees fan Rudy Giuliani gave the ball club $25 million to pay for them to lobby for the stadium subsidy.Johnston dismissed the assertion that commercial ballparks are economic boons to the areas which surround them. If it's a sound investment, he asserted, then why do sports team owners need the government to give them money. According to Johnston, the four big U.S. sports are not actually profitable on their own, but end up making about ... More »Host: Ian Punnett