Steve Scher explores the probabilities of seemingly improbable events with mathematician David J. Hand. The mathematics professor in London has written, “The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, And Rare Events Happen Every Day.”
Ross Reynolds talks to Pen/American Award winning writer David Stuart MacLean about his new book “The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia."
The book is based on his This American Life story.
Imagine finding yourself on a train platform in India. A train is just pulling away, you have no ticket, and you have no idea who you are. You’d probably pinch yourself and hope you'd woke up. But when MacLean found himself in this situation in 2002, it wasn't a dream.
Steve Scher talks with University of Washington professor Leilani Nishime about her book, "Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture," and about how media portray the demographic.
Steve Scher talks with Megan McArdle about why she thinks it's OK to fail as long as you learn from the experience. She also discusses what she learned about human failure while writing her book, "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success."
Ross Reynolds sits down with actor, stand-up comedian and screenwriter B.J. Novak. The 34-year-old Harvard grad, known for his role in the TV show "The Office," has also appeared in movies like Quentin Tarantino’s "Inglourious Basterds" and most recently, "Saving Mr. Banks." Now Novak has published a volume of short stories, short paragraphs and some jokes in his new book, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories."
Marcie Sillman talks with Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times' "Modern Love" column, about his new book, "Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With The Help Of 50,000 Strangers)," and what he's learned about love from other people's stories.
David Hyde talks with journalist and author Annie Jacobsen's latest book "Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America." The book is the account of more than a dozen German scientists recruited by the U.S. government after WWII.
Why does the U.S. spend much more on health care than other nations, yet lag behind in key measures of wellness? KUOW's Ross Reynolds spoke with author and scholar Lauren Taylor about her research on this perennial question.
“We spend exorbitantly on health care in this country," she said. "We’re up above $8,000 per person per year, whereas the average industrialized country is able to spend less than $4,000 per year on health and attains many better outcomes in terms of maternal mortality, life expectancy and infant mortality."
You don't have to know much about San Francisco to be a fan of Armistead Maupin's long-running series, "Tales of the City." Maupin first created his quirky "family" of friends for the San Francisco Chronicle in the mid-1970s.
The plot of many a dystopian novel or movie is predictable: first technology advances, then humans become dependent on that technology and, finally, that technology turns on us. But what if the brain that makes the smart computer is being made smarter by the computer? Ross Reynolds sits down with Clive Thompson about the new book, "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better."