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December 14, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope is a decade late and billions of dollars over budget. But astronomers are already setting their sights on its successors. Plus, second-grader Nina Del Bosque wants to know about stinging caterpillars and their role in the ecosystem.

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December 7, 2018

Ira and a panel of guests round up their favorite science books from 2018. Plus, with Congress poised to legalize growing hemp, how does a ‘new’ plant become a thriving agricultural product?

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November 30, 2018

A new climate report says our warming world will hit all sectors of the U.S. economy, in both ways big and small. Plus, the first CRISPR-edited babies may be here. Now what?

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November 23, 2018

We present highlights of head-scratching science from this year’s Ig Nobel Awards ceremony. Plus, from our trip to Tampa, a collection of ways for experiencing the past—from laser mapping, to data in caves.

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November 16, 2018

We’re teaming up with Flu Near You to build a real-time map of the rise and fall of flu-like-illness in the U.S. Plus, who deserves the crown for the best echolocation in the animal kingdom?

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November 9, 2018

A look at the history of the daring treatments that revolutionized the way we fix the human heart. Plus, Thai immigrants who moved to the U.S. lost gut microbes and gained new ones. Are there health consequences?

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November 2, 2018

A state-by-state tour of the top science issues, from energy policy, pollution problems, water conservation, to meat labeling, and much more. Plus, physics mysteries from the animal kingdom.

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October 26, 2018

We talk about blood banks, taboos, and other ways that humans have tried to harness the power of blood. Plus, join us with a panel of space experts to discuss the movie ‘First Man.’

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October 19, 2018

In the past 15 years, C-sections have nearly doubled worldwide. We’ll talk about why. Plus, honey bees, bumble bees, ants, and even spiders can live complicated social lives.

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October 12, 2018

How ready is our voting infrastructure for the upcoming midterm elections? Plus, what can squirrel monkeys teach us about the evolution of human language?

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