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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"Dollars and Sex" by Marina Adshade

    Like Freakonomics, Dollars and Sex takes economics and converts it into a science by applying the principles of supply and demand, and other market forces, to matters of love, courtship, sex, and marriage.

As she does in her blog, author Marina Adshade explores the marketplace for sex and love using research, economic analysis, and humor to reveal just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power, and economic forces is to the most important choices we make in our lives. Call it "Sexonomics."

Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Vox Pop : Science Forum : 3/21/13

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to answer your science questions. On today's show:

Dr. Barbara Brabetz is associate professor of biochemistry in the department of natural sciences at the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Dr. Nancy Slack is emeritus professor of biology and history of science of the Sage Colleges.

A physicist, Dr. Ken Welles, is retired following a 33 plus year career at the GE Global Research Center.

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The Roundtable
2:38 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Butterflies at miSci and Albany Pine Bush

  miSci in Schenectady, New York has a new exhibit entitled, Butterflies – it’s an indoor butterfly house and will be open through April 7.

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center is releasing a new children’s book entitled Mister Karner Blue Book – about the Karner Blue Butterfly – they will have a release party for the book tomorrow. The book is illustrated by the students of Farnsworth Middle School and written by Natasha Permaul.

Here to tell us more about the butterfly saturation of the region are Mac Sudduth, Ph.D., miSci Executive Director, Jeffrey Folmer, Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Director, and Neil Gifford, Conservation Director for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 31, 2013

"To Sell is Human" by Daniel Pink

According to Daniel Pink, whether we're entrepreneurs persuading funders, employees pitching colleagues, or parents and teachers cajoling kids, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now, as he explains in his new book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

The Book Show #1280 - Caleb Carr

  Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, and The Italian Secretary. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater.

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Science
9:51 am
Thu January 17, 2013

"The Myths of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky

    The new book, The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does, isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements and failures to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 11, 2013

"The Universe Within" by Neil Shubin

In his last book, Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago.

Now, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are in his new book, The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies.

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Science
11:12 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction

How does love begin? How can two strangers come to the conclusion that it would not only be pleasant to share their lives, but that they must share them?

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Science
10:10 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

We spend roughly a third of our lives asleep, but know very little about what happens once we shut our eyes and drift off. David Randall has had trouble sleeping for most of his life. One particularly bad night inspired him to learn everything he could about the process.

Randall was inspired to embark on a quest to understand the science of sleep. He has since been diagnosed with non-REM arousal parasomnia, a disruptive sleep disorder that can cause night terrors and sleepwalking.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Vox Pop : Science Forum : 8/9/12

On this edition of Vox Pop we gather our panel of experts to respond to your science-related questions and comments, for a program we like to call the Science Forum. On today’s show: Barbara Brabetz, Ken Welles, and George Shaw. WAMC’s Patrick Donges hosts.

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