Ira Flatow receiving the National Science Board Public Service Award in 2005
March 9, 1949 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Network||National Public Radio|
|Previous show(s)||Newton's Apple|
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Ira Flatow (/ /; born March 9, 1949) is a radio and television journalist and author who hosts National Public Radio's popular Science Friday.  On TV, he hosted the Emmy Award-winning Newton's Apple, a television science program for children and their families. He hosted the PBS series Big Ideas and has published several books, the most recent titled Present At The Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science And Nature.
Personal life 
In 1969, Flatow began working in radio at WBFO, in Buffalo, New York, first as a reporter and then as news director. During this time, he was working on an engineering degree at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Flatow's first science stories were created in 1970 during the first Earth Day.
National Public Radio 
From 1971 to 1986, he was NPR's science correspondent and reported on topics including the Kennedy Space Center, Three Mile Island, and the South Pole. He currently host of Talk of The Nation: Science Friday, which he anchors each Friday discussing topics in science and technology.
From 1982 through 1987 he hosted the Emmy Award-winning PBS science program Newton's Apple, which originated at KTCA in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1991, he wrote and reported science and technology for CBS News' "CBS This Morning." He has discussed cutting edge science on a number of programs, including the Cablevision program Maximum Science. He hosted of the PBS series Big Ideas produced by WNET. His TV credits include science reporter for CBS This Morning, Westinghouse, and cable's CNBC. He wrote, produced and hosted an hour-long documentary about the history of the transistor called "Transistorized!", which aired on PBS. He has talked about science on a number TV shows including Merv Griffin, Today, Charlie Rose, and Oprah. He has written three books that popularize topics in science and technology: Rainbows, Curveballs, and Other Wonders of the Natural World Explained, They All Laughed... From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives, and Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature.
Flatow is founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative (previously TalkingScience) a non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV, and Internet projects aimed making science user friendly.
In 2009, Flatow had a cameo appearance as himself in The Vengeance Formulation in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. In the episode, Flatow interviews Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) on his research on magnetic monopoles.
Honors and awards 
- National Association of Science Writers member
- AAAS-Westinghouse Science Journalism Awards - Radio (1983)
- AAAS-Westinghouse Science Journalism Awards - Television (1983)
- Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest (2010)
- American Humanist Association's Isaac Asimov Science Award (2012)
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- Flatow, Ira; Coale, Howard (1988). Rainbows, Curveballs, and Other Wonders of the Natural World Explained. New York: William Morrow & Co. ISBN 0-688-06705-0.
- Flatow, Ira (1992). They All Laughed... From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-016445-X.
- Flatow, Ira (2007). Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-073264-6.
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