Ira Flatow. Photo courtesy of NPR.

RICHLAND, Wash. – Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday,” will lead a panel discussion on the future of energy at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Chief Joseph Middle School Auditorium in Richland.

The panel, hosted by Northwest Public Radio, will feature experts in the fields of science, technology and energy, including:
  • Donald Wall, Nuclear Radiation Center, Washington State University
  • Michael Kintner-Meyer, Advanced Power and Energy Systems, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Keith Thomsen, Center for Bioproducts & Bioenergy, Washington State University
  • Rachel Shimshak, Renewable Northwest Project
Tickets cost $15 for reserved seats, $10 general admission and free for students with ID. Due to limited seating, tickets must be obtained through
Each week Flatow, an NPR science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist, anchors the live two-hour talk show, bringing listeners a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment.
On television, Flatow has discussed cutting-edge science stories on several programs including the four-part PBS series “Big Ideas.” For six years he was host and writer for the Emmy award-winning “Newton’s Apple” on PBS and science reporter for CBS, Westinghouse and CNBC. During his 35-year career, he has appeared on the “Today Show,” “Charlie Rose,” “Merv Griffin” and “Oprah” TV shows.
Flatow is founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit company dedicated to creating radio, TV and Internet projects that make science user friendly.
“Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” airs 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays on NWPR/NPR News service stations, including 89.7FM in Tri Cities/Walla Walla, 88.5FM in Yakima, 1250AM and 89.9FM in Pullman/Moscow, 91.5FM in Moses Lake, 90.3FM in Wenatchee and 89.9FM in Ellensburg, 89.7FM in Mt Vernon, 104.3FM in Bellingham, and 88.9FM in Centralia/Chehalis and Olympia.
Supporting NWPR in this event are the Richland School District, Richland Public Library Foundation and PNNL.
About NWPR
NWPR is a listener-supported public radio service heard on 18 stations across Washington, Idaho, Oregon and southern British Columbia and online at NWPR is a community service of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.