In this final show of the year, Matt Grobis (a regular guest and graduate student in EEB) comes on to talk through the urgent topic of public outreach by scientists. In a media landscape where evidence doesn't always count, how can scientists defend their research to taxpayers and the government? Can we accurately gauge public understanding of science, and whether the public is divided over our research? Finally, we contemplate echo chambers in society and the accusation that the scientific community itself is an echo chamber. On top of that, listen for yogurt science, holiday/science events, and an overview of some of this year's biggest discoveries.
The playlist is on WPRB.com: http://wprb.com/tpm/world/printplaylist.php?show_id=39705