NPR's Science Friday to Set Up Shop at Phoenix Mission
The UA's Science Operations Center, headquarters for the Phoenix Mars Mission, will host the popular radio program.

Jeff Harrison
Sept. 15, 2008

On Friday, KUAZ 89.1FM/1550AM will host "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday" live at The University of Arizona's Phoenix Science Operations Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Host Ira Flatow will take calls from around the world from listeners with questions about the impact of exploration that is currently under way on Mars.

"The Phoenix Mars Mission is making headlines almost daily," said Jack Gibson, director and general manager of Arizona Public Media, which boradcasts the National Public Radio show. "It is an amazing opportunity for national exposure to Tucson and the scientific history that is being made here."

Guests on the program will include Peter Smith, principal investigator of the Phoenix Mars Mission and the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science at the UA.

Anyone can become part of the conversation by calling 800-989-TALK (800-989-8255). People interested in attending the show may do so by renewing their membership, making an additional pledge or becoming a new member – all at the $40 level or more – and Arizona Public Media will reserve two seats to see "Science Friday" live in Tucson.

"Talk of the Nation: Science Friday" reaches more than 3 million listeners a week on more than 200 NPR member stations.

Contact the membership office at 520-621-1600, 800-223-7192 or via e-mail at to request "Science Friday" tickets. Seats will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding for this event comes from Arizona Public Media members and support from the Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science, the UA College of Science, The University of Arizona Foundation, the UA Office of External Relations and the UA Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development.

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"Talk of the Nation: Science Friday"


Phoenix Mission Science Operations Center


Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

To request tickets (requires new or renewed membership or additional pledge of $40):




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