Ira Flatow's First Live Appearance in Hawaiʻi for HPR Members, July 2018

Sep 20, 2017

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents "First Take with Science Friday" and welcomes host Ira Flatow to his first live appearances in Hawaiʻi in the summer of 2018. Every week, Science Friday brings today’s most innovative and exciting scientists to your public radio airwaves. "First Take with Science Friday" brings those same stimulating stories to two Hawaiʻi stages. At these science-themed evening conversations, you’ll join host Ira Flatow as he interviews a local scientist—and, true to Science Friday form, you’ll be invited to ask your own questions and join the conversation. The events will be recorded for possible broadcast on future episodes of Science Friday. Join us by pledging now!

"First Take with Science Friday" will be held in

  • Honolulu: Hawaii Theatre Center* - Friday, July 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island: Kahilu Theatre - Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Both evenings are exclusive to HPR members and tickets may be requested at time of donation. Seating is reserved and assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To become or renew as a station member, click here. Or call (808) 955-8821 during business hours.

Pledge amounts of

  • $75 ($6.25 per month) = a single reserved seat.
  • $100 ($8.33 per month) = a VIP ticket, which includes the opportunity to meet Ira Flatow at a pre-show reception, plus preferred seating. Limited quantity. VIP TICKETS IN HONOLULU SOLD OUT.
  • Discounted rates for group packages of two or more general or VIP seats also available online.

"First Take with Science Friday" is recommended for ages 12 and above. Running time is approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

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, the weekly program is distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) to 374 stations across the U.S.

About Ira Flatow

Ira Flatow, host of "Science Friday"

Award-winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday and founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative.

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).

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 co-starred twice on the CBS hit series The Big Bang Theory. Flatow has also hosted numerous science-related web casts and his written 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, and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, among others. In 2004, Ira was resident scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His recent honors include: the Isaac Asimov Award (2012,) the Nierenberg Prize (2010), Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, membership (2008), 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). Read more about Ira Flatow here.

Purchase your ticket(s) to First Take with Science Friday now!

*There is a Hawaii Theatre Restoration Fee charged on all tickets for the July 6, 2018 event. That Fee is included in your pledge amount.

"First Take with Science Friday" is sponsored in part by Chaminade University of Honolulu, Le Jardin Academy and Sacred Hearts Academy. Hospitality sponsors Prince Waikiki and the Hapuna Beach Resort.