David Macauley Author, "The New The Way Things Work" (Houghton Mifflin) Providence, Rhode Island Stuart Lipoff Past President, IEEE's Consumer Electronics Society Vice President of Communications and Information Technology Arthur D. Little Boston, Massachusetts Hopefully, you've convinced yourself that there isn't actually a tiny person inside your radio talking to you right now. But how do the rest of today's wonders of communications work? What makes your cell phone ring, your beeper beep, and your fax fax? In this hour, we'll take a look at the basics of modern communications. Plus, a Halloween callout on the science behind the vampire legend. Paul Barber Author, "Vampires, Burial, and Death" (Yale University Press) Research Associate, Fowler Museum of Cultural History University of California Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
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