Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents Ira Flatow, host of the hit radio program Science Friday, for his first live appearances in Hawaiʻi. Flatow will conduct on-stage conversations with guests (to be announced) from the local scientific community, all recorded for possible broadcast on future episodes of Science Friday.
The events will be held in Honolulu at the Hawaiʻi Theatre Center on Friday, July 6, 2018, and in Kamuela, Hawaiʻi Island at the Kahilu Theatre, on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Both evenings are exclusive to HPR members and tickets may be acquired at the time of donation to the nonprofit public radio station.
To become or renew as a station member, an online form is available at bit.ly/scifrihi and by donating through the station’s mobile app “hpr.” Individuals may also call HPR during its current fund drive from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.: 808-944-8800, toll-free 888-970-8800. A pledge amount of $75 entitles the member to a single ticket. A single VIP ticket, $100, includes best seating and an opportunity to meet Ira Flatow at a pre-show reception at each of the locations. Members may also enjoy discounted rates for group packages of two or more regular or VIP seats with pledge amounts ranging from $120 to $450.
About Science Friday
Science Friday is a radio program which for the last 25 years has introduced top scientists and entertaining stories about science to public radio listeners. Independently produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the public’s access to science and scientific information, Science Friday is distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) to 374 stations across the U.S. It airs on Hawaiʻi Public Radio's HPR-1 station on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.
About Ira Flatow
Award-winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday. He anchors the show each Friday, bringing radio and internet listeners worldwide a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space, and the environment. Flatow is also founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV, and internet projects that make science “user-friendly.”
Flatow’s interest in things scientific began in boyhood—he almost burned down his mother’s bathroom trying to recreate a biology class experiment. “I was the proverbial kid who spent hours in the basement experimenting with electronic gizmos, and then entering them in high school science fairs,” Flatow says. Mixing his passion for science with a tendency toward being a bit of a ham, Flatow describes his work as the challenge “to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table.”
He has shared that enthusiasm with public radio listeners for more than 35 years. As a reporter and then news director at WBFO-FM/Buffalo, New York, Flatow began reporting at the station while studying for his engineering degree at State University of New York in Buffalo. As NPR’s science correspondent from 1971 to 1986, Flatow found himself reporting from the Kennedy Space Center, Three Mile Island, Antarctica, and the South Pole.
His most recent book is entitled Present At The Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations On Science and Nature (HarperCollins).
On television, Flatow has discussed the latest cutting edge science stories on a variety of programs. He also hosted the four-part PBS series "Big Ideas," produced by WNET in New York. His numerous TV credits include six years as host and writer for the Emmy award-winning "Newton’s Apple" on PBS and science reporter for "CBS This Morning." He has talked science on many TV talk shows and co-starred twice on the CBS hit series "The Big Bang Theory."
On the internet, Flatow has hosted numerous science-related web casts. In print, he has authored articles for various magazines and his commentary has appeared in The Los Angeles Times and Current newspapers. Public speaking and moderating discussions are a regular part of his schedule. He has spoken at Rockefeller University, the World Economic Forum, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, Calvin Academy, Cal Tech, MIT, Harvard, University of Wisconsin, among others. In 2004, Ira was resident scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Some of his recent honors include: the Isaac Asimov Award (2012,) the Nierenberg Prize (2010), National Science Teachers Association Faraday Science Communicator Award (2007), the National Science Board Public Service Award (2005), World Economic Forum Media Fellowship (2005), and the Carl Sagan Award (1999). Flatow is a native of New York, and now lives in Connecticut.