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Science Friday is a weekly discussion of the latest news in science, technology, health, and the environment hosted by Ira Flatow.

Science Friday podcast logo w sunScience Friday is broadcast over public radio stations nationwide as part of NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ programming. Each week, they focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand.

Panels of expert guests join Science Friday’s host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science – and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

Science Friday video – Art Meets Geek in Toni Dove’s Studio

Toni Dove takes a high-tech approach to art—her mixed-media performances star cyborgs and robots and employ mechanical three-dimensional projection screens. Performers animate video puppets through custom-built motion-sensing software (easier seen than said). With some operatic singers thrown in, a visit to Dove’s studio feels like a trip into a futuristic Wonderland.   

Dove has spent the last 20 years figuring out how to tell stories in new ways and through new technology. Defying any particular artistic tradition runs in the family: Her grandfather, Arthur Dove, was among the first abstract painters in America. “Probably in the family DNA was the idea that it’s okay to get off the path with a machete,” she says. Her newest creation, Lucid Possession, premiers at Brooklyn’s Roulette in April.

Science Friday podcast collage of imagesIra Flatow

Veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday. On television, Flatow has discussed cutting-edge science stories on a range of programs, including the four-part PBS series Big Ideas.

For six years Flatow was host and writer for the Emmy award-winning Newton’s Apple on PBS and he has been a science reporter for CBS, Westinghouse, and CNBC. In his 35 year career, Ira has talked science on the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Merv Griffin and Oprah.

Ira is the author of numerous books. His latest is Present at the Future.