Science & the City: Episodes

An ecologist and soil physics expert who has consulted globally to the U.N. and the World Bank describes how the natural environment in the Middle East has changed since biblical times.
The Columbia University psychiatrist, ethicist, and legal scholar explores behavioral genetics and the causes of crime.
Philosopher and codirector of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, Dennett describes the evolution of human culture, which he says is a "second information highway," swifter and more reliable than genetic transmission.
23:10 mins
The author of American Farmstead Cheese: The Complete Guide to Making and Selling Artisan Cheese talks about the history of cheese making in America and the art and science of making cheese.
The author of the new biography of history's most famous genius discusses his work in advance of his June 12th appearance at the Academy.
Chemist Carl Djerassi, the "father" of the birth control pill, discusses art, science, and his new play, Phallacy, which is about to have its New York premiere.
An exhibit opening May 25 in NYC, Gods, Myths, and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece, showcases a new reconstruction model of the world's first computer, a 2,000+ year-old geared navigation instrument.
Physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, who will speak at the Academy on May 9, 2007, discusses the big questions of existence and his new book, Cosmic Jackpot, Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life.
Hervé This is a physical chemist, popular author, and television personality in France. He is also the only person to hold a Ph.D. in molecular gastronomy, the application of science to culinary art and practice.
The Hayden Planetarium director, Nova ScienceNow host, and eminently entertaining astrophysicist discusses his new book.
On April 18, Harvard Psychology Professor Steven J. Pinker will host a discussion on how the physiology of the brain gives rise to our experience of mind. Pinker explains why he tapped young neuroscience investigators Bruce Lahn and Rebecca Saxe to be the evening's featured speakers.
35:35 mins
Find out where this leading weapons expert, VP for National Security at the Center for American Progress, believes the planet's greatest threats are harbored.
Renowned NYU neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux joins a psychologist, a philosopher, an author, and a psychotherapist to debate and define the meaning of consciousness.
The Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis, chats about malting, fermenting, and imbibing!Sponsor:
Lahn, whose lab in the Human Genetics Department at the University of Chicago researches human brain evolution, explains the genetic link he has discovered between Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals.
A senior fellow at the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems and former Director of the New York City Water and Sewer System discusses some principles of sustainability and presents a regional perspective on biodiversity.
A New York science journalist, who has written the first full history of the shocking mistreatment that black Americans have suffered as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects, will discuss her research at the Academy on February 15.
56:36 mins
Steve Wozniak, cofounder and inventor of Apple computers, describes his childhood, his sources of inspiration, and the offbeat thinking that led to the Apple II computer.
Harvard professor Marc Hauser says a radical rethinking about our ideas on morality is long overdue. In his book Moral Minds, he argues that the human brain evolved an inherent
Genetic mapping pioneer David Botstein, director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, will host an exploration of systems biology at the Academy on January 24.
Please wait...