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Cochlear Implants in Adults and Children – Ep. 732

Ruth Litovsky, a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at UW-Madison, discusses the recent advances in cochlear implants and their future possibilities. Litovsky explains that the desired goal has progressed to having hearing impaired adults and children able to hear on an equalized basis with people who have normal acoustic hearing.

Pediatric Cochlear Implants - Ep. 731

Diane Heatley, the Medical Director at the American Family Children's Hospital, discusses the history of cochlear implants in hearing impaired children.

Medical Aspects of Cochlear Implantation - Ep. 733

Samuel Gubbels, an assistant professor in the Division of Otolaryngology at the UW Dept. of Surgery, discusses the medical aspects of cochlear implantation and novel therapies for hearing loss.

Exploring the Impacts of Wildlife Diseases - Ep. 730

F. Joshua Dein, a veterinary medical officer, USGS, National Wildlife Health Center in Madison,explores the current and potential effects of wildlife diseases on the public, the economy and the environment. Learn what steps you can take to increase our knowledge about wildlife diseases, and minimize their impact.

Crystalline Polysaccharides to Biofuels - Ep. 727

Raghu Yennamalli, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, discusses using crystalline polysaccharides to create biofuels.

Why Plants Are Weird - Ep. 726

Christopher Day, a faculty associate in the Laboratory of Genetics at UW-Madison, delves into the differences between plant and animal cells, focusing on chromosome counts, genetics and other cell differences.

Clostridium Difficile Infections - Ep. 725

Nasia Safdar, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison, examines the efficacy of novel interventions to reduce healthcare-associated infection. These interventions include the use of probiotics for reducing colonization by Clostridium difficile and by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

100 Years of Cosmic Ray Discovery - Ep. 724

Mike Duvernois, the Scientist Instrument Project Manager at the WI IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, discusses cosmic rays. Austrian physicist Victor Franz Hess, experimenting with balloons in 1912, found an unexpected increase in atmospheric radiation as his balloon rose. The mysterious radiation particles were named “cosmic rays.” To this day, their origins are still unknown.

The Science and Art of Making Sausage – Ep. 722

Jeff Sindelar, an assistant professor of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, demonstrates and explains the important scientific principles of sausage (bratwurst and summer sausage) manufacturing while intertwining the history and art associated with these products.

How to Be the Next Michael Feldman – Ep. 721

Michael Feldman, the host of “Whad'Ya Know” from Wisconsin Public Radio, talks about what lead him to his weekly radio program. He discusses innovation, risk-taking and his successful twenty-five years with the program.

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