15-08 Story 1: Only Children and Their Parents

  Synopsis: Only children have been villified for more than a century as inevitably selfish, spoiled and lonely. Yet research finds that children without siblings are psychologically quite similar to those with brothers and/or sisters. Today the proportion of only children is increasing. Experts refute the myths about only children and discuss how parents can … Continue reading 15-08 Story 1: Only Children and Their Parents

15-08 Story 2: The Sense of Touch

  Synopsis: The sense of touch is often taken lightly, yet it conveys more emotion than any other sense because it literally has a separate emotional wiring system. A neuroscientist explains the sense of touch, how it works, the power it has over everyday decisions, and what can happen when it's not working as it … Continue reading 15-08 Story 2: The Sense of Touch

15-07 Story 1: The Gut Microbiome

  Synopsis: Scientists are learning that the bacteria living inside us, most notably in the intestines, influence our bodies far more than previously suspected. Our microbiome influences many other organs, particularly the liver, brain, and immune system. Different mixes of these bacteria may account for a great deal of the variability among people, particularly in our … Continue reading 15-07 Story 1: The Gut Microbiome

15-07 Story 2: Mindless Eating

  Synopsis: People eat for reasons other than satisfying hunger, and those reasons play a great role in whether we eat too much or not. Experts discuss the role of the environment in our appetites and how we may use it to stay slim. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Brian Wansink, Director, Cornell University Food … Continue reading 15-07 Story 2: Mindless Eating

15-06 Story 1: Gender bias in science

  Synopsis: Few female role models exist at major research universities in scientific fields, subverting efforts to get more women into math and science. Many scientists have dismissed gender bias as a factor. However, new research shows that unintentional bias results in women being subconsciously considered less competent than their male scientific counterparts. Experts explain … Continue reading 15-06 Story 1: Gender bias in science

15-06 Story 2: Eye exams: More than vision

  Synopsis: Eye exams are looking for a lot more than just eye diseases or how well you see. The eye is the window to the rest of our body's health, and many diseases can be spotted there first. An ophthalmologist explains. Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Dr. Christopher Starr, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Weill-Cornell Medical … Continue reading 15-06 Story 2: Eye exams: More than vision

15-05 Story 1: The pitfalls of online dating

  Synopsis: For the first time in history, today more than half of American adults are single. Many are still looking for love--more than 40 million are members of online dating sites, which have their busiest time of the year between now and Valentine's Day. A noted psychologist explains research showing most users have exactly … Continue reading 15-05 Story 1: The pitfalls of online dating

15-05 Story 2: The flu: It’s bad this year

  Synopsis: The 2014-2015 flu season started much earlier than normal and so far has been much more severe than usual. Experts explain how this year's mismatch occurred between the flu vaccine and the predominant strain of flu, and how people can protect themselves in spite of the ineffective vaccine. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. … Continue reading 15-05 Story 2: The flu: It’s bad this year