Dick talks with Cathy N. Davidson, who teaches at Duke University, about brain science and attention. She makes a case for distraction as something that is actually good and says the brain is always naturally multitasking.
No sunsets or sun rises. Twenty below zero is the average summer temp. No leaving in the winter, unless it’s an emergency. That’s all in a day’s work for the employees in Antarctica. Jerry Macala did a stint at the South Pole from 2001 to 2002. He says his time there was life changing. Now, he’s trying to save a piece of South Pole history: he’s trying to salvage a giant dome that’s being decommissioned. Dick talks with Jerry about what it’s like to work in Antarctica.
As the final Space Shuttle retires, engineer Vance Gloster remembers the first shuttle landing in 1981. Next to the astronauts, he may have had the best view - from the "radar hill" at Edwards Air Force Base. Vance was there monitoring the tracking system he designed and built. Vance talks with guest host Sean Cole about his part in the first space shuttle landing.
President Obama is on the road, promoting health care reform before Congress goes on August recess. That issue is of utmost importance to Barbara Calder. She's been unable to qualify for health insurance since she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare genetic disease. Now, Barbara is hoping to sell her home in Colorado and move her family abroad.
Scot Brantley knows all about the violence of the game. The fierce former linebacker took a hit his senior year at Florida that bruised his brain and almost ended his career. After eight seasons in the NFL and almost a dozen surgeries, 51-year-old Scot suffered two strokes that he believes are the result of the hits he delivered. Scot talks with Dick Gordon about his story and the changes he hopes to see implemented in football.
On Thursday January 15th, US Airways Flight 1549 crash-landed in the Hudson River. Screenwriter and passenger David Sontag was on board – although he hadn’t planned on being on that particular flight until hours before.