Big Picture Science – Science’s Alliances

by Gary Niederhoff on December 5, 2011

Mom and apple pie. Computers and silicon. Martians and death rays. Some things just go together naturally. But how about science and politics? Science and religion? Science and fiction? These pairings are often unnatural and contentious … but they don’t have to be.

Discover how science can team up with other endeavors in productive, if surprising, symbiosis.

Meet a particle physicist, turned U.S. Congressman, who calls for more scientists on Capitol Hill. Also, a tour of the Golden Age of Islamic Science.

Plus, scientists named Elmo and Super Grover 2.0 teach small children to conduct experiments with the help of chickens and dancing penguins.

And, it’s not quite science but it’s not entirely fiction either: how sci-fi helps shape our cultural debates about the future.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Science & Politics
Part 2: Science & Kids TV
Part 3: Science & Crime Drama TV
Part 4: Science & Sitcoms
Part 5: Science & Religion
Part 6: Science & Fiction

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