"Last Ape Standing" from science writer Chip Walter

May 24, 2013

Scientists have determined that at least 27 different species of humans have evolved on planet Earth, yet only one still survives. Why are we still here and our 26 predecessors aren’t? In his fascinating new book, Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived, acclaimed science writer Chip Walter attempts to answer that question as he discusses with Thane Maynard in this week’s Field Notes.

Ira Flatow from "Science Friday"

Feb 1, 2013

Ira Flatow is the longtime host of NPR’s Science Friday, which airs at 2:00 every Friday afternoon on WVXU. He takes a few minutes to join our Dean Regas for this edition of Looking Up. He talks about how Science Friday got started, where his love of science came from, and what he hopes listeners take away from each broadcast.

Dr. Ian Tattersall is currently Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He is working on a project to document the major fossils in the human fossil record. He takes a few minutes away from his work to join Thane Maynard to discuss this project as well as his long-standing work on the science of what makes us human.

Alan Alda asks "What is Time?"

Jan 4, 2013

Award-winning actor and director Alan Alda has a passion for science, and more specifically, how to help scientists better communicate with students and the public of all ages. He founded the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University for this reason, and created a yearly contest where scientists are asked to explain a concept so that an 11 year old can understand it. The Flame Challenge is judged by thousands of 11 year olds, and this year’s topic is What is Time? Alan Alda spent a few minutes on the phone with Dean Regas talking about how his love of science began, and his goals for this contest, in this month’s Looking Up.

The Big Bang Theory

Nov 30, 2012

Dean Regas from the Cincinnati Observatory joins Cincinnati Edition as a monthly contributor, and his Looking Up segment makes a big bang this month as he talks with Bill Prady, co-creator of the monster CBS hit The Big Bang Theory. They discuss the science used in the show, the growth of the characters over the years, and the story behind Raj’s inability to speak to women.