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21st Century Science, Part One  (aired 11/17/2005)
In the 21st century, scientific advances may help people live longer lives, be smarter, stronger, and even happier. Most every day we hear about designer babies, miracle cures, you name it — thanks mostly to genetic engineering. But despite the promised benefits, some opponents believe science is going too far and should be strictly regulated. Politics intervene. What are the moral and ethical controversies surrounding genetic science?

What Do We Know About the Bible?  (aired 4/17/2003)
Recently an Israeli antiquities collector revealed the existence of a stone artifact inscribed with the words "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." The discovery set off a storm of controversy among archeologists, historians, and biblical scholars. What is science - once the scourge of religion - now telling us about the people and culture of Biblical times? Can the Bible serve as both a book of religious faith as well as historical facts?

Talking about Evolution with Richard Dawkins  (aired 10/18/2001)
Think Tank discusses Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution with Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s leading scientists, as he compares the theory that humans evolved from more simple organisms with the theory of creationism.

Do We Still Need the SAT?  (aired 3/15/2001)
Think Tank takes a look back at the history of America¹s best known standardized test, the SAT. In 1948, the Educational Testing Service began administering the Scholastic Aptitude Test. It was intended to replace a college admissions procedure that previously relied on a traditional class system determined by wealth and status. Has the SAT accomplished its original goal? Are standardized tests the right way to measure students¹ abilities and achievements? What are the alternatives?

Harvesting Biotechnology  (aired 11/25/1999)
Think Tank inspects genetically modified foods. These foods can be engineered to resist frosts, diseases, insects, and herbicides. Genetically modified crops now cover about a quarter of U.S. cropland. However, acceptance of this relatively new technology is not universal. European critics call GM foods “Frankenstein Foods,” and environmentalists worry that they could upset a delicately balanced ecosystem. Do existing benefits outweigh potential harms?


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