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Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers Previous Broadcasts

Growing Up Different (Episode #1205)

KQED World: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 -- 3:00 PM

Many children face challenges far beyond the usual stresses and strains of growing up. Alda meets several kids who are growing up different, along with the doctors and researchers who are trying to mitigate the difficulties they face. The program looks at the controversial use of cochlear implants to give some hearing to profoundly deaf kids, the latest in augmentative communication technology to provide speech to children without it, new insights on the fundamental nature of autism and the implications for treating autistic children.

You Can Make It On Your Own (Episode #1309)

KQED World: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

As digital technology gets smaller and less expensive, it is empowering people in unprecedented ways - from villagers in rural India who use computers to monitor the quality of their food and water to children who use PCs to write and play music.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Calls of the Wild (Episode #1308)

KQED World: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Eavesdrop on creatures as diverse as elephants and spiders, warblers and bees, crickets and bats. What are they saying - and why?

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  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

The Wonder Pill (Episode #1307)

KQED World: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

The placebo effect - for years sneered at as a distraction from "real" medical treatment - now turns out to be a true phenomenon and a potential addition to modern medicine.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Growing Up Different (Episode #1205)

KQED World: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

Many children face challenges far beyond the usual stresses and strains of growing up. Alda meets several kids who are growing up different, along with the doctors and researchers who are trying to mitigate the difficulties they face. The program looks at the controversial use of cochlear implants to give some hearing to profoundly deaf kids, the latest in augmentative communication technology to provide speech to children without it, new insights on the fundamental nature of autism and the implications for treating autistic children.

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  • KQED World: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

Deep Crisis (Episode #1306)

KQED World: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

It's no accident that the ocean inhabitants we humans like to eat are the ones with the most uncertain futures. We follow efforts by biologists to figure out what's going on with salmon, once abundant on both East and West coasts of North America and now in catastrophic decline; and with the ocean-ranging giant bluefin tuna, which scientists have recently succeeded in tracking on its epic journeys between Europe and America.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
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