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Veteran National Public Radio (NPR) science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Talk of the Nation: Science Friday®. He anchors the show each Friday, bringing radio and Internet listeners world wide a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment. Ira is also founder and president of TalkingScience, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV and Internet projects that make science "user friendly."
Mr. Flatow's interest in things scientific began in boyhood--he almost burned down his mother's bathroom trying to recreate a biology class experiment. "I was the proverbial kid who spent hours in the basement experimenting with electronic gizmos, and then entering them in high school science fairs," Flatow says.
Mixing his passion for science with a tendency toward being "a bit of a ham," Ira Flatow describes his work as the challenge "to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table."
Ira Flatow has shared that enthusiasm with public radio listeners for more than 35 years. As a reporter and then News Director at WBFO-FM/Buffalo, New York, he began reporting at the station while studying for his engineering degree at State University of New York in Buffalo. As NPR's science correspondent from 1971 to 1986, he found himself reporting from the Kennedy Space Center, Three Mile Island, Antarctica and the South Pole. In one memorable NPR report, he took former "All Things Considered" host Susan Stamberg into a closet to crunch Wint-O-Green Lifesavers, proving they spark in the dark.
Mr. Flatow's most recent book is entitled They All Laughed...From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions that Have Changed Our Lives (HarperCollins, New York). It followed on the heels of Rainbows, Curve Balls and Other Wonders of the Natural World Explained.
On television, Ira Flatow has discussed the latest cutting edge science stories on a variety of programs, including the new digital Cablevision program Maximum Science. He is also host of the four-part PBS series Big Ideas produced by WNET in New York. His numerous TV credits include six years as host and writer for the Emmy-award-winning Newton's Apple on PBS, science reporter for CBS This Morning, Westinghouse, and cable's CNBC. He wrote, produced and hosted Transistorized!, an hour-long documentary about the history of the transistor, which aired on PBS. He has talked science on many TV talk shows including Merv Griffin, Today, Charlie Rose, and Oprah. He is currently exploring new and better ways of bringing science news to radio, TV and the Internet
On the Internet, Mr. Flatow has hosted numerous science related Web Casts for Discovery Online and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His Science Friday Kids' Connection web pages won the award for one of the top 500 web sites in the country given out by Home PC Magazine. His Podcasts are among the most listened to on the Internet, frequently in the top-ten of all downloads on the iTunes web site.