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 26: Why the US Missile Defense System Won't Work

February 6, 2018

Physicist Dr. Laura Grego explains in lay terms just why the US ground-based midcourse missile defense system--the one that is supposed to intercept a North Korean missile--doesn't work.

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Episode 25: Who's Responsible for Climate Damages?

January 24, 2018

Dr. Peter Frumhoff discusses how science is pinpointing companies’ impacts.

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Episode 24: A Retreat from Science at the Department of Interior

January 9, 2018

Sally Jewell, former Secretary at the Department of Interior, talks about the Trump administration’s effort to rollback scientific and conservation safeguards.

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Episode 23: Electric Vehicles Just Won't Stall

December 19, 2017

Straight from the Los Angeles auto show, UCS engineer David Reichmuth talks about the drive to make EVs more accessible, affordable, and ubiquitous.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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