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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

William Bryant Logan -part of this weekend’s Rensselaerville Festival of Writers- has written about oak and dirt and now he has a new book, out next month, about the air. It is entitled: Air: The Restless Shaper of the World.

We welcome Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, Stuart Firestein, and speak with him about his book, Ignorance: How It Drives Science.

Story Musgrave

May 10, 2012

Story Musgrave was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.