Episode 13 – The Who and What of the Why Files


The Why Files

This week we talk to Terry Devitt from WhyFiles.org.

Preview from the Show:
Our primary mission is to look at what is going on in the world every week and find some corner of the scientific enterprise that lends itself to a public conversation about science, and then we drill down into that, to contact the best experts that we can find to try to shed light on those dark corners of science – the places and things that people don’t know about, and to provide more than what you’re going to get in a straight-up treatment of science than one routinely encounters in popular media. I think it’s safe to say that after we complete our formal educations, most people only encounter science through popular media, and so a big part of the Why Files mission is to help people come to grips with science – what it is, why it’s important, why it makes a difference in our lives on a daily basis.

It’s really essential that people in a democracy have some understanding of how we generate knowledge, because it impacts our lives in important ways every day.

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