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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.

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Ep. 39: How Climate Change Affects Your Mental Health
Dr. Joel Nigg, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at Oregon Health and Sciences University, discusses his research into the mental health impacts of climate change.
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Ep. 38: The Science of Forest Fires: Culture, Climate, and Combustion
Professor John Bailey, an expert on all things fire, tells us about controlled burning, silviculture and why Smokey Bear had it all wrong.
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Ep. 37: Revolution on the Road: The Shift to EVs and Self-Driving Cars
Vehicles expert Dr. Daniel Sperling walks us through the future of transportation and the multiple revolutions needed to make self-driving cars an affordable, convenient, and efficient reality.
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Ep. 36: Coastal Homes and Properties at Risk: Sea Level Rise, Flooding, and Inundation
Economist and climate change expert Dr. Rachel Cleetus discusses new analysis that pairs NOAA climate change research with Zillow real estate data to show the threat to coastal property.
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Ep. 35: From Ozone Fixer to Presidential Speech Writer
Atmospheric scientist Don Wuebbles discusses ozone recovery, all-nighters at the White House, and communicating climate science.
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Ep. 34: The Federal Scientist Who Blew the Whistle
Joel Clement, a former policy director at the Department of Interior and new senior fellow with the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS, shares his experience of political interference in the Trump administration and the steps he took to fight back.
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Ep. 33: North Korea, Its Neighbors, and the US: A China Expert’s Perspective
Dr. Gregory Kulacki talks about what is motivating North Korean President Kim Jong Un and the possible outcomes of a summit with President Donald Trump.
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Ep. 32: Nuclear Power Reactors: Is Smaller Better?
How much do you know about nuclear power? Dr. Edwin Lyman, internationally recognized expert on nuclear proliferation, walks us through nuclear power, its associated risks, and small modular reactors.
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Ep. 31: Navigating The Climate Change Minefield With Michael Mann
One of the nation’s most respected (and harassed) scientists, Dr. Michael Mann, discusses the climate change tipping point and battling forces of denial.
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Ep. 30: The Evidence Is In: SNAP Works
You may know it as food stamps. Millions of Americans know it as the reason their families won’t go hungry tonight. Food systems and health analyst Sarah Reinhardt knows that it needs to be strengthened, not weakened, in the next Farm Bill.
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Ep. 29: One Scientist's Quest to Improve Science Education in Puerto Rico
Follow the journey of Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina as she grows from neurobiology researcher to organizer and science advocate for Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria.
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Ep. 28: Why the Government Doesn't Research Gun Violence
Charise Johnson, research associate at the Union of Concerned Scientists, talks about why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can’t study gun violence injuries and death, and how this leaves the public in the dark and at risk.
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Ep. 27: How Science Can Make Voting Fair
Dr. Michael Latner, Kendall Voting Rights Fellow with the UCS Center for Science and Democracy, uses science to level the playing field for voters.
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Ep. 26: Why the US Missile Defense System Won't Work
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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Ep. 25: Who's Responsible for Climate Damages?
Dr. Peter Frumhoff discusses how science is pinpointing companies’ impacts
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Ep. 24: A Retreat from Science at the Department of Interior
Sally Jewell, former Secretary at the Department of Interior, talks about the Trump administration’s effort to roll back scientific and conservation safeguards.
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Episode 23: Electric Vehicles Just Won't Stall
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
Gina McCarthy, former administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency talks about the current state of affairs under Scott Pruitt.
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Episode 21: Thanks Science!
Find out why we should be thanking science this week. 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
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
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
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
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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Episode 16: Real Talk with Mustafa Ali: Science, Environmental Justice, and Power
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.
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Episode 15: Sunbeam Us Up: Solarizing Your Roof and the Electricity Grid
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.
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Episode 14: Failing Science: The Trump Administration's Six-Month Report Card
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.
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Episode 13: Living with Rising Seas: Stories from Chronically Flooded Communities
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.
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Episode 12: When Rising Seas Hit Home: What Coastal Communities Can Expect, and When to Expect It
Erika Spanger-Siegfried, senior analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, brings us startling new research on sea level rise and the hard choices ahead for coastal communities. More at: http://www.ucsusa.org/risingseashithome
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Episode 11: How to Stop a Wrecking Ball: A Fourth of July Look at the Trump Administration
Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, is back to give a recap of the recent months of the Trump administration and how he sees things playing out in light of President Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
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Episode 10: Rocket Forensics: Dissecting North Korea's Missile Program Part 2
Part 2 of our interview with Dr. David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Wright continues his discussion of North Korea’s missile program, the accelerating pace of launch tests, and what scientific information he gleans from each of them.
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Episode 9: Rocket Forensics: Dissecting North Korea's Missile Program, Part 1
Dr. David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, discusses North Korea’s missile program, the accelerating pace of launch tests, and what scientific information he gleans from each of them.
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Episode 8: Bridging the Faith-Science Divide
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, discusses her life as an evangelical Christian and climate scientist.
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Episode 7: African Americans Against the Bomb: Connecting Nuclear Weapons and Racial Justice
Dr. Vincent Intondi, director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Community Engagement at Montgomery College, talks about the forgotten history of African Americans against the nuclear bomb. In this interview he connects the fight against nuclear weapons with racial equality.
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Episode 6: The Amazing Renewables Race: Ranking the States on Clean Energy
John Rogers, senior energy analyst with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, talks about some of the surprising findings in a new UCS report on state-level clean energy progress.
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Episode 5: Unpacking the Snowpack: Is the California Drought Really Over?
Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith, senior climate scientist with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, talks about water, snowpack, and the drought in California.
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Episode 4 - Science and Justice are Indivisible: A Conversation with Robert Bullard, March 28, 2017
Dr. Robert Bullard, the father of the environmental justice movement, discusses his past, new fights, and the role of scientists in solving environmental racism.
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Episode 3 - The Ultimate Designated Driver: Pros and Cons of Self-Driving Cars, March 14, 2017
Vehicles analyst Jimmy O'Dea from the Union of Concerned Scientists discusses everything from the practical issues to the philosophical implications of self-driving cars.
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Episode 2 - Federal Science in the Crosshairs, Feb. 28, 2017
Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists discusses the challenges ahead for federal scientists in the Trump administration.
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Episode 1 - The Factless President, Feb. 14, 2017
Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, discusses the role of science in the Trump administration.
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Bonus Episode - The Jet Stream Winter Machine, Feb. 14, 2017
Climate scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel sets us straight on snowy weather and global warming.
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