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Ira Flatow & Science Friday

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Ira Flatow interviews penguins in Antarctica for NPR in 1979

Monday on RadioWest, Ira Flatow, host of NPR's Science Friday, will be our guest. Flatow was an influential and pioneering reporter back when NPR was the new kid on the block. He came to radio with a conversational and approachable reporting style that made dense scientific subjects understandable and interesting, even fun. Science Friday is coming to Salt Lake City this week, and that gives us a chance to talk with Flatow about his career, his influences and innovations, and about why he thinks science is sexy. Science Friday correspondent Flora Lichtman will also join us.

UPDATE: Fifty (50) tickets have recently been made available to the live broadcast of Science Friday at the Grand Theatre at Salt Lake City Community College on Friday, April 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check the Grand Theatre's box office for details. [Updated at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18]

Watch Flora Lichtman's video about tying water in knots. Yeah. Water. In knots...


  • Ira Flatow is the host of NPR's Science Friday. He was NPR's first science correspondent and served in the position from 1971 to 1986. He has won numerous awards, including the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science. He's the author of three books, including Present at the Future.
  • Flora Lichtman is a correspondent and the managing video editor at Science Friday. Along with NPR science correspondent Joe Palca, she co-wrote the book Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.