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 54: It’s Just Code. How Can It Be Biased?

March 12, 2019

Author and professor Dr. Safiya Noble talks about racial bias in search results and discusses her book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.

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Episode 53: The Seeds of Science Advocacy: A Look Back to a Political Awakening of Scientists

February 26, 2019

In a troubled, divisive time, a small group of scientists decided to make their voices heard—and founded the Union of Concerned Scientists in the process. Dr. David Wright, co-director of the UCS Global Security Program, talks about those beginnings and the half-century of science advocacy that grew from them.

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Episode 52: The Ethical Question of Autonomous Vehicles

February 12, 2019

Mobility and equity Kendall Science Fellow, Dr. Richard Ezike walks us through the equity implication of autonomous vehicles (AVs), and the infrastructure overhaul needed to get AVs on the road.

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Episode 51: Two Years of Attacks on Science: Holding the Trump Administration Accountable

January 29, 2019

Dr. Gretchen Goldman takes us through the systematic dismantling of science protections, what it means for public health and safety, and how scientists are standing up for science.

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Episode 50: Measuring Ice Thickness in Antarctica: NASA’s ICESat-2 Mission

January 8, 2019

We go behind the scenes with NASA glaciologists Dr. Kelly Brunt and Dr. Adam Greeley as they prepare for a data-collecting expedition around the South Pole.

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Episode 49: A Scientist Defending Science

January 1, 2019

Molecular biologist, Dr. Maryam Zaringhalam, left the lab to explore the intersection of science and public policy.

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Episode 48: A Dreamer’s Tale: Soil Microbes, Climate Change, and Being an Undocumented Scientist

December 11, 2018

PhD candidate Evelyn Valdez-Ward talks about her family’s story, her research on soil and climate, and her experience mentoring younger students.

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Episode 47: Why California Has the Worst Air Pollution and What Can Be Done

November 27, 2018

Los Angeles native Prof. Edward Avol talks about the impacts of pollution on children—and why it’s so important to “keep on pushing” for strong clean air standards.

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Episode 46: The Broccoli Backstory: Dr. Ricardo Salvador Explains the System Behind the Supermarket

November 13, 2018

Agricultural scientist Dr. Ricardo Salvador tells the story of how our food really gets to the grocery store, and discusses the urgent need for a sustainable and equitable food system.

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Episode 45: Geoengineering: Scarier than a Zombie Apocalypse?

October 30, 2018

Just in time for Halloween, an episode that’ll scare the daylights out of you. Frank Keutsch joins us to explain what geoengineering is, why it isn’t a magic fix for climate change, and why we still need to greatly reduce CO2 emissions.

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