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July 28, 2006

What happened to Quirks and Quarks?

Why don't you carry Quirks and Quarks any longer? In this science-starved nation of ours we need every little bit of science we can get! Thank you!

Laporte, MN

Dear Leslie, like many of our listeners, you are obviously quite passionate about science programming. And you make an excellent point: scientific literacy is important in a technological society and we need to promote it.

The CBC program Quirks and Quarks was recently removed from our Sunday evening schedule in order to make way for a new program called Word For Word with Melinda Penkava. These decisions are never made lightly, but the simple fact is that there are only 24 hours in a broadcast day. For every program we add to the schedule, we must remove one.

The good news: to make up for the loss of Quirks and Quarks, we've reinstated the second hour of Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. The show now runs from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on (you guessed it) Friday.

Michael Popham
Minnesota Public Radio Member Listener Services