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'Physics for Future Presidents' and the Music of Plastic Surgery

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck

Today, a physicist examines the scientific policy of U.S. Presidents. Then, Mary Immel returns to a secret garden of her childhood. Also, plastic surgeon Dr. Haeck talks about the music that he and his patients like to hear during liposuctions and other cosmetic procedures.

At 2:05 p.m. – Physics for Future Presidents

Physicist Richard Muller has written a book called "Physics for Future Presidents." He tells Wisconsin Public Radio's Jim Fleming that the President shouldn't rely on his science advisers to explain what a dirty bomb is or why clean coal is important. Muller says only the President understands the broader context within which scientific policy decision must be made.

At 2:20 p.m. – Childhood Dream Realized

During the Great Depression, Mary Immel lived in a small desert town in northern Arizona. In the center of her town was a railroad station with a restaurant called La Posada. With a penny in hand, five–year–old Mary would walk over to the station on a hot summer afternoon, towards the gumball machine, but get lost in the cool beauty of the building's hacienda and its magnificent green gardens. She returned, years later, to see what had become of the secret garden of her childhood.

At 2:40 p.m. – Your Body is a Wonderland: Seattle Plastic Surgeon Phil Haeck

Dr. Phil Haeck is a Seattle medical doctor who, like the pop singer John Mayer, believes your body is a wonderland. Perhaps that's why Dr. Haeck plays "Your Body is a Wonderland" while he is performing plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Haeck says "It's great to be listening to music, doing what you love most and seeing the amazing anatomy that makes us all human under the skin." Dr. Haeck joins us to talk about the music that he and his patients and staff like to hear during liposuction, breast implant, botox, facelift and other procedures.

At 2:50 p.m. – Orca–FM

Dr. John Ford started the Vancouver Aquarium's ORCA–FM live whale broadcast, and is author of the book "Killer Whales." He can ID individual Orca pods by their calls. He spends nights on the water, with a hydrophone, an underwater mic, dangling off the side of the boat. Nights, because in the day, it's too noisy.

At 2:50 p.m. – Writer's Almanac

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