‘Brainwashed’ Examines the Value of Brain Scans

In the new book Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, co-authors Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld examine the science behind some recent brain imaging research. Satel joins host Ira Flatow and other guests for a look at what brain scans can — “and cannot — “tell us about human behavior and how the mind works.

The Secret Life Of the Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert, which spans some 100,000 square miles in southwestern North America, is one of the most diverse desert ecosystems in the world. Host Ira Flatow and guests discuss some lesser known desert creatures, and explore the secret life of that American southwest icon, the saguaro cactus.

Rap Nerdy To Me

MC Frontalot, aka Damian Hess, makes a living rapping about data encryption, rare diseases, video games and the nerd life. He describes Nerdcore, his name for the genre, as “the inversion of the shame of geekery… into pride.” Frontalot joins Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman to chat about the intersection of nerdiness and hip-hop and shares some of his songs.

Rap Nerdy To Me

MC Frontalot, aka Damian Hess, makes a living rapping about data encryption, rare diseases, video games and the nerd life. He describes Nerdcore, his name for the genre, as “the inversion of the shame of geekery… into pride.” Frontalot joins Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman to chat about the intersection of nerdiness and hip-hop and shares some of his songs.

A New View Of Newton in "Isaac’s Eye"

What would Isaac Newton be like if he had been born a few centuries later? A new play “Isaac’s Eye” reimagines Newton and his scientific rival Robert Hooke. Playwright Lucas Hnath and actors Haskell King and Michael Louis Serafin-Wells join Ira Flatow to talk about the play.

Tracking A Space Rock’s Streak Past Earth

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is half the size of a football field, and whizzing towards the Earth at over 17,000 miles per hour. Don’t worry, it won’t hit us. But on Friday, February 15th it makes its closest approach, scraping by the Earth’s surface closer than many satellites. Join Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman for special live coverage of this near encounter, with first-hand reports from astronomers around the world.

Tracking A Space Rock’s Streak Past Earth

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is half the size of a football field, and whizzing towards the Earth at over 17,000 miles per hour. Don’t worry, it won’t hit us. But on Friday, February 15th it makes its closest approach, scraping by the Earth’s surface closer than many satellites. Join Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman for special live coverage of this near encounter, with first-hand reports from astronomers around the world.

Tracking A Space Rock’s Streak Past Earth

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is half the size of a football field, and whizzing towards the Earth at over 17,000 miles per hour. Don’t worry, it won’t hit us. But on Friday, February 15th it makes its closest approach, scraping by the Earth’s surface closer than many satellites. Join Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman for special live coverage of this near encounter, with first-hand reports from astronomers around the world.

Tracking A Space Rock’s Streak Past Earth

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is half the size of a football field, and whizzing towards the Earth at over 17,000 miles per hour. Don’t worry, it won’t hit us. But on Friday, February 15th it makes its closest approach, scraping by the Earth’s surface closer than many satellites. Join Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman for special live coverage of this near encounter, with first-hand reports from astronomers around the world.