Lara Logan's candid reporting, often from the most dangerous places in the world, has earned her a prominent place among the world's best foreign correspondents. In her current role at 60 Minutes, Logan helps us understand the political and human conflicts around the world, including Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, and Egypt.
As the host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal has captivated news junkies across the country with its lighthearted approach to current events. What makes a joke funny? Why do some jokes “work” and others fall flat? Bringing his quick wit and mastery of humor, he will inform and entertain us as he shares with us the art of tell-ing a joke, providing insightful, colorful commentary on current events or a behind-the-scenes peek at the funniest show on radio.
Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and award-winning author. Her debut novel Still Alice, and the subsequent movie, is about a Harvard professor who suffers from early onset Alzheimer's disease. Subsequent novels dealing with under-standing autism and traumatic brain injury are about people with neurological diseases and conditions that are feared, ignored, or misunderstood. Her novels bring humanity, and hopefully understanding, to the science and statistics be-hind them.
Are star athletes like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? Based on his bestselling book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture de-bate and how the relationship between biological endowments and a competitor’s training environment affects athleticism.