Tech Nation with Moira Gunn
Dr. Moira Gunn is the host of Public Radio's Tech
Nation, where she has conducted over 2,000 interviews with space pioneers
and cyber-novelists, venture capitalists and genetics researchers, teachers
and technophobes. A former NASA scientist and engineer, Dr. Gunn is a
Member of the Board of Directors of the Tech Museum of Innovation and
the Tech Awards' Global Leadership Council, and has served as a member
of the Awards Selection Committee for the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
The first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue
University, she also holds advanced degrees in Computer Science and a
software technical patent. Dr. Gunn is regularly asked to speak on the
Impact of Technology on Society, on the Current and Projected State of
Global Technology Penetration, and on her experience as a Woman in Technology,
Science and Engineering.
Between 2004 and 2012 The Conversations Network published 748 podcast episodes
of Technation. Look for them and more-recent programs on the
Tech Nation website (http://technation.com).
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with David Zimmerman, CEO of Kalexsyn. Zimmerman discusses Kalamazoo, Michigan, a typical Midwest American town - until all the plants closed. The answer was Biotech.
Dr. Moira Gunn interviews Dr. Daniel Wilson, expert in robotics and data mining. He mixes the popular zeitgeist of robots with the amazing new capabilities they are capable of. It's all there in his tongue-in-cheek book, "How To Survive a Robot Uprising."
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with professional cartoonists Pete Friedrich, Keith Knight and Lloyd Dangle. They've collaborated with some two dozen others to create "Roadstrips...A Graphic Journey Across America."
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Jim Frank, Director of Biotechnology and Biodefense Applications at Argonne National Laboratories. He tells us that there's much, much more to biotech than personalized medicine.
The Best of Tech Nation - Three Favorites From the Archives
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Richard Morgan, author of the science fiction / future noir novels featuring the character Takeshi Kovacs. They'll talk about what he sees a society's future social issues.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Candice Millard, former National Geographic writer and editor and author of "River of Doubt." They'll take us down the River of Doubt, the uncharted and dangerous river deep in the Amazon Jungle, first charted by Teddy Roosevelt.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Rick Jones, Vice President for Product Development at BioRexis Pharmaceutical Corporation. He reviews many of the new breakthroughs in treating diabetes.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Mark Cotta Vaz, the author of "Living Dangerously -- The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong." He relates the daring exploits of Cooper, the World War I flying ace, who went on to create "King Kong," the 1933 movie which was so far ahead of its time.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with former NPR tech reporter Daniel Charles about a German scientist, who changed the course of World War I. That would be Fritz Haber, who won a Nobel Prize for technology which launched both modern agriculture and chemical warfare. Charles is the author of "Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare."
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Hilary Koprowski, a Professor of Immunology at Thomas Jefferson University. You may not know his name, but half a century ago, he created the live polio vaccine.