Sigh. It's Science


Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 17:00

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Is the public interested in science? The signs aren't encouraging. The Hubble Telescope teeters on the edge of breakdown, and the public's response is lukewarm. Science coverage in the media continues to shrink like cheap cotton... and science superstars on TV or in the movies are as rare as lanthanum.

As we consider why today's folk give science the big yawn, we'll talk to people whose job it is to bring lab findings to the public. Also, a new study traces to childhood our psychological aversion to science. Plus, Seth re-lives his childhood at the San Francisco Exploratorium.

Guests:

  • Natalie Angier - New York Times reporter and author of The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
  • Charlie Petit - veteran science reporter and Head Tracker of the Knight Science Journalism Tracker
  • Paul Bloom - Psychologist at Yale University
  • Paul Doherty - Senior Scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco