Ira Flatow hosts Science Friday featuring physicists from the ACP

In conjunction with Aspen Public Radio, physicists from the Aspen Center for Physics will join Ira Flatow for an edition of Science Friday on August 10 to celebrate the Center's 50th anniversary.

Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 122pm mountain time as part of NPR's "Talk of the Nation" programming. According to its website, each week, the program focuses on science topics that are in the news and tries to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Science Friday's host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science and to take questions from listeners during the callin portion of the program.

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 The Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to supporting the Science Friday show, as well as engaging and creating scientific discussion among adolescents and young adults.

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.

He has shared that enthusiasm with public radio listeners for more than 35 years. As a reporter and then News Director at WBFOFM/Buffalo, New York, Flatow 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, Flatow found himself reporting from the Kennedy Space Center, Three Mile Island, Antarctica and the South Pole. In one memorable NPR report, Flatow took former All Things Considered host Susan Stamberg into a closet to crunch Wint-O-Green Lifesavers, proving they spark in the dark.

His most recent book is entitled Present At The Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science And Nature. It follows on the heels of They All Laughed ... From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives.

His hobbies include scuba diving, gardening (especially orchids), tropical fish and electronic gadgets. He loves the theater. A native of New York, Flatow now lives in Connecticut.