The Marc Steiner Show

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Dr. Mario Livio: Churchill’s Essay On Alien Life

Mario Livio (Credit: Mario's Website"February 22, 2017 – Segment 1

I hosted a fascinating discussion with internationally known astrophysicist, bestselling author, and popular lecturer Dr. Mario Livio, based on his recent article in Nature magazine, “Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found.”

From The Archives: Mario Livio Asks, ‘Is God a Mathematician?’

cosmos-2December 15, 2014 – Segment 3

From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline as mathematics could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that — mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is a product of human thought that is independent of experience, how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us?

These are the questions posed by Mario Livio, an internationally known astrophysicist who works at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, in his latest book Is God a Mathematician?  He joins Marc in studio to discuss mathematics, the fabric of reality, God, and how it all may be working together.

Technology and the Brain

Text Distracted DrivingAugust 14, 2014 – Segment 4

We bring you a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner ShowTechnology and the Brain. We explore how the technological devices that have become commonplace in our society have altered the way we think, with: Steven Yantis, Chairman of the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department of Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Sergey Golitsynskiy, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Northern Iowa.


Neuroeducation and Arts Integration

brainsAugust 6, 2014 – Segment 3

Dr.  Charles Limb and Dr. Mariale Hardiman are pioneers in the field of neuro-education.  In lay terms, that means applying what we know about the brain to help teachers be more effective.  One important area of their research is arts integration – using the arts to teach traditional academic disciplines.  So today we sat down with them to talk about whether putting more art in the classroom – whether it’s theater in history class, music in math, or poetry in chemistry – can help kids learn.

Dr. Charles Limb is Director of Research for the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Neuro Education Initiative, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Mariale Hardiman is Assistant Dean of Urban School Partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University, a former principal in the Baltimore City Public School System, and author of Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model

Read Deborah Rudacille’s article, This is Your Brain on Art, in Urbanite Magazine.


Mario Livio’s “Brilliant Blunders: Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe”

Mario LivioDecember 13, 2013 – Segment 3

We turn to Cosmic topics, when astrophysicist Mario Livio talks about his new book Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein – Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe.


Bending Time: The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder

Emery JonesOctober 31, 2013 – Segment 3

It’s time for The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder! National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar Dr. Charles Johnson will be talking about the book that he and his daughter Elisheba Johnson co-authored (and he illustrated), the first in a series, titled Bending Time: The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder (Volume 1), about a Black child prodigy and scientific “whiz kid.”


Anniversary of Henrietta Lacks’ Death: Rebecca Skloot on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 5.42.06 PMOctober 4, 2013 – Segment 1

We talk with bestselling author Rebecca Skloot about her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  The book follows the life of an African-American woman whose cells were taken without her consent, and which became the first immortal cell line.

This is a rebroadcast from April 19, 2010.