Are there universal human ethics? Mark Matousek discusses his research on the subject of ethical wisdom through interviews with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists and philosophers. He describes the five innate moral and ethical categories he finds to be hardwired into humans, and how our emotional impulses effect our ethical behavior.
Presented together for the first time, here are all-time favorite Car Talk calls that run happily off road, veering into the amazing world of science, where Tom and Ray actually wield some authority. MIT may want its diplomas back, but the world's most knowledgeable garage scientists are undeterred in seeking greater knowledge - and laughter.
The vibrant city of Chicago is known as the "windy city", and for good reason: the strong breezes that come off Lake Michigan are part of daily life. The city also has a long history of tornados. In 1967 one with 200 mph winds cut 16 miles through the neighboring community of Oak Lawn and all the way into Lake Michigan. If a tornado smashed into Chicago today, and if the rarest and most destructive type of tornado known as an "F-5" hit the city, the destruction would be horrific.
Sizzling beaches, tropical waters, and a sexy nightlife: everything about Miami is hot, hot, hot! Every year, 10 million visitors flock to this city, home of the largest cruise-ship port in the world, to savor its diverse and star-studded culture. But one day soon, the non-stop party in this paradise may come to an end - because Miami's picturesque setting also makes it a prime target...for killer hurricanes.
Over 150 years ago, a vibrant city was founded on the West Coast. Today, it's a thriving metropolis known for its quality of life. But deep below the picturesque scenery, there is a geological feature that could threaten the entire population - an earthquake fault that runs along the entire city. This is not Los Angeles. This is not San Francisco. This is Seattle - and it could be devastated at any moment.
Three Mississippi State University students get in over their heads as they encounter an F-2 tornado on a storm chasing trip in Tornado Alley.
In October the cyclic winds begin. A high-pressure system parks over the region, causing cold, dense air to spin clockwise, moving toward the southwest and eventually slamming into the mountain ranges of California. There is only a matter of time before a wildfire begins. On Tuesday, October 21, 2003, an arsonist starts a brush fire. In less than four hours, this fire consumes over 600 acres of land. As the wildfires get out of control, firefighters are overwhelmed.
Van Wert, Ohio, November 10, 2002. Ron and Melissa Mengerink spend the day tidying up their home. As Ron vacuums, he's unaware that tornadoes are grinding closer and closer to their area. The tornadoes begin to die off and appear to no longer be a factor, until the third tornado spawns a fourth. The fourth is a monstrous F-4 and heads straight for them.
In June 2002, Richard Van Pham sets sail from Long Beach to Catalina. Along the way, he runs into a storm and is cast adrift. On September 17, 2002, some 200 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, the men on board the USS McClusky receive their first search and rescue mission. They arrive an hour later to find a 24-foot sailboat with a broken mast and hull, covered with birds. Be there as Van Pham's amazing story of survival unfolds.
"Lost at Sea for Four Months!"
This major new Radio 4 series charts the development of Western medicine and healing, from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering organ transplant operations of the 20th century and beyond.
"Stellar history of *Western* medicine"
When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god? Playing God
Listen in as Susan Powter, Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Dobbs, Ralph Nader, Dale Chihuly, Charmian Carr, Deepak Chopra, Mablean Ephriam, Michio Kaku, and John Zogby talk to Tara about the subjects of their books, work, memoirs, and adventures.
All six volumes of The Essential Letters from America, brought together for the first time in this definitive chronological collection of Alistair Cooke's finest broadcasts. Alistair Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents and a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running show in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance.
In this issue, you'll hear how Google and the geeks from Silicon Valley aim to revolutionize the 70-year-old TV industry. You'll learn why your DNA sequence does not determine your entire genetic fate. You'll hear how scientists can now track the precise genetic changes behind an individual case of cancer – and how this could change the way we treat the disease. And you’ll learn what a new wave of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles have to overcome in order to succeed.
Transhumanism is a global intellectual movement supporting the use of science and technology in order to improve human health, well-being, and mental capacities. Many in the Transhumanism movement believe that disability, disease, and even aging are all aspects of the human condition that we shall be able to overcome in the future. Using the very latest technologies, including biotechnology, advocates claim that every ailment and frailty will one day be a thing of the past.
"the worst crap ever"
With pristine beaches and the seductive surf, Hawaii is as close to paradise as America gets. Almost one and a half million people live in Hawaii, and every year, millions of tourists visit the state. The tourists come to enjoy the hundreds of miles of Hawaiian coastline, pristine beaches, and beautiful clear water. But this water is also a curse. Because it could one day bring unthinkable destruction to these shores in the form of a deadly tsunami.
In this interview, Kara Kroeger describes how she traveled to Central America in her late teens, and discovered her life’s passion of herbs, food, and nutrition. As she learned from Central American healers who treated both the psycho-spiritual body and physical body, she became aware of why more people are experiencing food allergies and sensitivities. Kara shares specific information with us, including: what are nutrient-rich foods, how to test for food allergies, the upside and downside of eating meat in our diets, and what gluten is.
Michael Gelb explains what neuroplasticity means, and provides some low cost ways (including optimism!) to improve our brain power and resilience, and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. He describes the benefits of challenging the brain to do something new, and other brain-enhancing activities, including meditation, wine in moderation, and naps!
When he was 14 years old, some friends of his parents gave wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson The Observer's Book of Birds. Flicking through the pages, Chris was captivated by the description of a bird that sang at night. The bird was a nightingale. In this programme, he tries to get a microphone really close to a nightingale to record its remarkable song.
In this issue: "Good Habits, Bad Habits": Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits that can help us form good habits and break bad ones. "Germ Catcher": Machines are being developed for hospitals that can quickly identify virtually any bacterium, virus or fungus. "Summon the Rain": Governments and farmers worldwide spend millions every year trying to control the weather. New science suggests they might be on to something. "Seeds of a Cure": Researchers are running clinical trials with traditional herbal medicines—and generating promising leads.