- New polls indicates a dim view of U.S. scientific achievement
Though American scientists believe their work is the best in the world, the American public at large take a much dimmer view, according to a new survey by the Pew Center and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.9:06 a.m.
Alan Leshner: CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the journal Science.
Claudia Driefus: Writes the "Conversation with. . . ", an interview series with scientists for the New York Times. She's also a professor at Columbia University who teaches scientists how to write for a general audience.
Sylvia Earle: Oceanographer and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. She was the chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1990 - 1992.
- Sotomayor in the spotlight
Midmorning previews the Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, which begin on Monday.9:50 a.m.
David Yalof: Assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, where he specializes in constitutional law. He is the author of "Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees."
- The magic of the circus, from the performer's point of view.
The music and light shows might have changed, but the essence of the circus remains the same. Performers from the Cirque du Soleil talk about their nomadic, intense lives under the big top.10:06 a.m.
James Tanabe: Assistant artistic director of Cirque du Soleil and a Rochester, Minnesota native.
Dasha Vintilova: Cirque du Soleil performer.
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