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June 24, 2022

Although gender-affirming care is safe and effective, there is more to learn about how to best care for trans people over the course of their entire lives. Plus, HIPAA is often cited when it's not applicable. What’s covered and what’s not? And a new book dives into amazing animal sensory abilities.

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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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Sputnik Anniversary

Fifty years ago, a little beeping ball stunned the world. Join Ira Flatow in this hour of Science Friday for a look back at Sputnik and its effect on the way we look at the world.

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