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Ira Flatow        

NPR Science Correspondent

Award-winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of NPR's "Science Friday," a weekly call-in radio program and podcast that connects 2 million weekly listeners with scientists for informative discussions about science, technology, health, space, and the environment. He describes his work as a challenge "to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table."

On television, Flatow has discussed cutting-edge science stories on a range of programs, including the four-part PBS series Big Ideas. For six years, Flatow was host and writer for the Emmy Award-winning Newton's Apple on PBS and he has been a science reporter for CBS, Westinghouse, and CNBC. In his 40-year career, he has talked science on The Today Show, Charlie Rose, Merv Griffin, and Oprah. His is the author of numerous books, the latest of which is Present at the Future.

Ira Flatow has also shared his scientific insights on Maximum Science and in various magazines ranging from Woman's Day to ESPN Magazine to American Lawyer. He has spoken at Rockefeller University, the World Economic Forum, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, Calvin Academy, Cal Tech, MIT, Harvard, National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Author Forum.

Speech Topics

Unusual Patents: Where do Ideas Come From

The History of Inventions

Science and the Media: Getting Past the Gate Keepers

Life as a Science Journalist


Ira Flatow of "Science Friday" discusses show's future after TOTN ...

Segments from Friday's show:When NPR announced that it would close down its daily call-in show “Talk of the Nation” in July, science fans across the country ...

Not-So-Sweet Side Effects of Artificial Sweeteners : NPR

IRA FLATOW, HOST: This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Diet drinks seem like the healthier way to have your soda and keep down those calories.

Michael Pollan: You Are What You Cook : NPR

IRA FLATOW, HOST: This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Five years ago, my next guest offered us this simple advice on what to eat: Eat food, not too much , ...

Promising Results In Early Trial of Novel MS Treatment : NPR

IRA FLATOW, HOST: This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. In the disease multiple sclerosis, the body's own immune cells stage a mutiny. Those cells, white ...

Surf's Up for Pathogenic Viruses and Bacteria, Too : NPR

FLATOW: I'm Ira Flatow, this is SCIENCE FRIDAY, from NPR. I'm Ira Flatow. We're talking this hour about the viruses and bacteria that end up in our coastal ... » Is Alternative Medicine Really 'Medicine'?

IRA FLATOW, HOST: This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Before we begin our program today, I'd like to thank you, our listeners and our public radio ...

Desktop Diaries: Tim White : NPR

IRA FLATOW, HOST: Time for our Video Pick with Flora Lichtman. She's here. Hi, Flora. FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira. FLATOW: Oh, a special one this ... » Bad Diagnosis For New Psychiatry 'Bible'

FLATOW: I'm Ira Flatow. We're talking this hour about the controversy over the DSM-V, the bible of diagnosis, with my guests Gary Greenberg, Thomas Insel and ...

E.O. Wilson's Advice for Future Scientists : NPR

I'm Ira Flatow. In his long career studying ants, nature and ecology, E.O. Wilson has been no stranger to controversy. In the 1970s he was doused with water at a  ...

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