A.J. Baime on ‘The Arsenal of Democracy’

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June 11, 2014-A.J. Baime on ‘The Arsenal of Democracy’

Chicago author A.J. Baime tells the story of the original Rosie the Riveter aircraft plant built by Ford to build the B-24 Liberator bomber.

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Ending the Gender Bias in Research

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May 29, 2014 - Ending the Gender Bias in Research

After decades of scientists basically using male laboratory animals for medical research, the National Institutes of Health is ending the gender bias practice in research. The shift, as published in the journal Nature, should help minimize side effects and dosage miscalculations not discovered until after products hit the market. 

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Gardening Tips from Eliza Fournier

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May 21, 2014-Gardening Tips from Eliza Fournier

Now that spring-like weather is actually here, what should you do with your tulips and other flowers? Eliza Fournier from the Chicago Botanic Garden joins us to offer spring gardening pointers. Read tips from Chicago Botanic Garden's May gardening checklist.

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Migratory Birds in Flight

Far-Traveling Birds that Visit Chicago

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May 15, 2014-Migratory Birds in Flight

Find out about the far-traveling birds that visit Chicago. We have an expert from the Nature Conservancy talk about the variety of migratory birds taking flight in the city. 

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Exploring Species Extinction

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April 30, 2014 - Exploring Species Extinction

Conservation biologists Curt Meine and Stanley A. Temple discuss species extinction, the importance of biodiversity, and what we can do in Chicago to help out. 

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Meet A Global Shark Tracker

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April 23, 2014 - Meet A Global Shark Tracker

Chris Fischer of OCEARCH is a man who tracks great white sharks, enabling scientists to learn about the mating, migratory patterns of the oceans’ top predator. View a graphic of some of the sharks Fischer tracks.

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El Niño's Impact on Chicago Weather

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April 14, 2014-El Niño's Impact on Chicago Weather

Scientists are forecasting that El Niño – a weather pattern that brings warmer than average temperatures to the U.S. – will likely develop later this year. We discuss what El Niño means for Chicago’s upcoming seasons with Paul Sirvatka, professor of meteorology at the College of DuPage. Read an interview.

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"Your Inner Fish"

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April 9, 2014 - "Your Inner Fish"

Our science guy, Neil Shubin, is back to talk about the new PBS three-part series based on his bestselling book, Your Inner Fish. Watch a preview and read an overview of the series.

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"Marketing on the Moon"

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April 3, 2014 - "Marketing on the Moon"

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon's surface on July 20, 1969, it was one of the biggest news stories of all time about an event that forever changed mankind. But how was our understanding of that event shaped? A new book, Marketing the Moon, tells the behind-the-scenes story of how those missions were marketed to Americans and the world. One of the book's authors Richard Jurek joins us. Read an interview, view a slideshow of images, and watch web extra video of the Apollo 11 mission.

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Bringing Back Monarch Butterflies

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June 5, 2014-Bringing Back Monarch Butterflies

Over the past 10 years, monarch butterfly populations have been declining in North America. Tune in to learn simple ways to promote the creature’s habitat in your backyard.

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Diving for Bones

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May 27, 2014 -  Diving for Bones

A team of cave-diving scientists recently announced the discovery of a near-complete skeleton of a teenage girl in an underwater cave on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Northwestern professor Patricia A. Beddows was a member of the team and joins us to discuss the find. 

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Adler President Michelle Larson Visits

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May 15, 2014-Adler President Michelle Larson Visits

If you've ever dreamed of leaving our planet to visit otherworldly destinations, it just got a bit easier to do. On May 16, Adler Planetarium is set to open its newest space adventure, “Destination Solar System." Adler President Michelle Larson joins us to talk about the new show, more. 

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Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

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May 6, 2014 - Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

Advancements in robotics technology are changing the fields of medicine, defense, and manufacturing. We talk with Rabiah Mayas about that and more. 

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Climate Change and National Security

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April 29, 2014-Climate Change and National Security

What does climate change and national security have to do with each other?  Everything according to science and military experts. We take a closer look on Tuesday’s Scientific Chicago.

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Heartbleed's Impact

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April 15, 2014 - Heartbleed's Impact

The web bug known as Heartbleed has rocked the Internet world. After its discovery last week, Heartbleed continues to threaten personal information and sensitive data transmitted over the web daily. We chat with Alex Hilton, Founder and CEO of FroogaliT, about how the bug can affect average consumers and what people can do to protect themselves. Read an article and view a graphic.

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ReptileFest

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April 10, 2014 - ReptileFest

ReptileFest returns to the University of Illinois at Chicago this weekend, bringing with it hundreds of species of reptiles and amphibians from all over the world. Chicago Herpetological Society president John Archer and "Frog Lady" Deb Krohn visit our studios to give us a preview of some of the creatures we can expect to see this weekend. View an interactive graphic and behind-the-scenes slideshow of reptiles.

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Energy Tech Startups

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April 7, 2014 - Energy Tech Startups

We sit down with Jason Blumberg, CEO of the Energy Foundry, a venture capital fund established as part of the $3.2 billion smart grid law that aims to invest in technology companies that will transform the energy landscape. Read an interview with Samir Mayekar, Co-Founder and CEO of SiNode Systems.

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