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Ira Flatow

NPR Science Correspondent

Biography

Award-winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of NPR’s “Science Friday,” a weekly call-in radio program and podcast that connects 2 million weekly listeners with scientists for informative discussions about science, technology, health, space, and the environment. He describes his work as a challenge “to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table.” Read More >

On television, Flatow has discussed cutting-edge science stories on a range of programs, including the four-part PBS series Big Ideas. For six years, Flatow was host and writer for the Emmy Award-winning Newton's Apple on PBS and he has been a science reporter for CBS, Westinghouse, and CNBC. In his 40-year career, he has talked science on The Today Show, Charlie Rose, Merv Griffin, and Oprah.  His is the author of numerous books, the latest of which is Present at the Future.

Ira Flatow has also shared his scientific insights on Maximum Science and in various magazines ranging from Woman's Day to ESPN Magazine to American Lawyer. He has spoken at Rockefeller University, the World Economic Forum, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, Calvin Academy, Cal Tech, MIT, Harvard, National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Author Forum.

On the Internet, Flatow has hosted numerous science-related webcasts for Discovery Online and the American Museum of Natural History. His Science Friday Kids' Connection web pages won the award for one of the top 500 websites in the country from 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.

In 2004, he was resident scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His recent honors include the National Science Board Public Service Award (2005), AAAS Journalism Award (2000), the Carl Sagan Award (1999), and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest (2010). Most recently, Flatow was named the winner of the 2012 Isaac Asimov Science Award. Read Less ^

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Big Idea with Ira Flatow

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