Oct 22, 2012 — Novelist Jodi Picoult explores life and death, while oncologist David Agus models new health practices, virologist Nathan Wolfe tracks emerging diseases, Dava Sobel reflects on Copernicus, and Charles Shields looks at novelist Kurt Vonnegut.
Sep 7, 2012 — Nobody imagined that the rings around Saturn might be fed by geysers. But some of the water vapor shot out by one of Saturn's moons actually makes it into orbit around the planet.
Feb 1, 2012 — Novelist David Levithan takes a wry look at adultery, while food writer Jessica Harris takes an African journey, astronomer Mike Brown explains the demotion of planet Pluto, novelist Stephen Amidon probes the human heart with his cardiologist brother, Thomas, and veterinarian Nicholas Dodman offers help for aging dogs.
Nov 8, 2011 — In 1543, when Nicolaus Copernicus made the astounding claim that Earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around, his ideas were met with scorn. "It went against everything that your senses tell you. It went against common sense," says author Dava Sobel, who wrote a new book about the astronomer.
Feb 14, 2007 — Ever wonder where the gold in your wedding ring came from? For Valentine's Day, Robert Krulwich tracks the rare element all the way to outer space, where gold is formed in the fiery center of collapsing stars.
Dec 12, 2005 — "Dava Sobel's new collection of essays is delightful and idiosyncratic," says book critic Alan Cheuse in his annual holiday roundup for All Things Considered.
Dec 12, 2005 — Time to read during the holidays, away from school and work, is a gift you give yourself, author and book critic Alan Cheuse says. His suggested list of 2005 holiday gifts includes tales of space, dinosaurs, music and a mystical poet.