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March 24, 2017

A look at wildflower sightings across the nation. And seven years after the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, how well has the Gulf recovered?

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Bad Days for Bats

The white nose syndrome disease affecting bat populations has put one species of bat at risk of "regional extinction" within the next 20 years.

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Ocean Priorities

Ira talks with Peter Seligmann, chairman of Conservation International, and with Philippe Cousteau Jr. about the connections between ocean policy, the environment, and the economy.

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Chile Peppers

In this segment, live from Tucson, Arizona, we'll take a scientific look at the chile pepper, from the chemistry and biology of a pepper's burn, to the psychology of why some people like it hot. Grab some salsa and listen in!

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Building Social Robots

Sure, robots can weld car parts or stack cartons on an assembly line. But can they develop friendships with people? In this hour, Ira talks with inventors developing robots with personalities. How soon will it be before social, lovable robots enter our homes?

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