Got Science? Podcast

From the brains of scientists to your ears

Hosts: Colleen MacDonald, Seth D. Michaels, Shreya Durvasula, and Luis Castilla
Photo: Audrey Eyring

Get your science on with the new podcast from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Our hosts take on technology, attacks on science, climate change, and more, as they channel the power of science to make the world a better place.

Episode 22: “I Want You to Act”: Gina McCarthy on Pruitt’s EPA, Flint, and the Path Forward

December 5, 2017

Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy talks about the state of affairs at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Episode 21: Thanks Science!

November 21, 2017

Five esteemed scientists, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, tell us why they are grateful for science.

Episode 20: A Climate Fingerprinter Fights On

November 7, 2017

Dr. Ben Santer, climate scientist and one of the first scientists to identify how humans are influencing the global climate, talks about his work and also how he became the target of vicious attacks by fossil-fuel interests.

Episode 19: A Football Star Stands Up for Science

October 24, 2017

From football to pharmaceuticals, there’s a playbook for sidelining science. Former NFL player Chris Borland joins UCS science and policy analyst Genna Reed to discuss how powerful interests deceive, misinform, and buy influence at the expense of public health and safety.

Episode 18: As Coal Declines, Helping Communities Rise

October 10, 2017

Dr. Jeremy Richardson, senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, discusses his new report on the dwindling role of coal in the U.S. energy sector, talks to a number of innovators in his home state of West Virginia about how they are transitioning away from coal, and relays the experience of environmental justice advocates fighting to improve public health in their communities.

Episode 17: Soil as ShamWow: How Farmers (and Gardeners) Can Benefit from Healthy Soil

September 26, 2017

Dr. Andrea Basche, an agricultural scientist and AAAS Fellow at USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, talks about the power of soil to fight floods and droughts. Tune in to get the dirt on dirt.

Episode 16: Real Talk with Mustafa Ali: Science, Environmental Justice, and Power

September 12, 2017

Mustafa Ali was a chief environmental justice official and founding member of the Office of Environmental Justice at the Environmental Protection Agency. He talks about his experience at the EPA, his decision to resign, and the importance of science in environmental justice.

Episode 15: Sunbeam Us Up: Solarizing Your Roof and the Electricity Grid

August 29, 2017

Senior energy analysts Laura Wisland and John Rogers from the Union of Concerned Scientists discuss all things solar, from getting solar on your roof to connecting that energy to the power grid.

Episode 14: Failing Science: The Trump Administration’s Six-Month Report Card

August 15, 2017

Dr. Gretchen Goldman, research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-author of the new UCS report "Sidelining Science since Day One", talks about the Trump administration's attacks on science, their real-life consequences, and how scientists and the public can fight back.

Episode 13: Living with Rising Seas: Stories from Chronically Flooded Communities

August 1, 2017

UCS scientist and climate advocate Nicole Hernandez Hammer and Pulitzer-prize nominated journalist and UCS fellow Derrick Z. Jackson talk about what they are seeing on the ground in chronically flooded coastal communities.