The Studies Show Podcast
The Studies Show
Episode 19: Science and politics

Episode 19: Science and politics

Everyone loves to repeat the cliché that "science is political". But we can do so much better

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“Science is political”. How could it not be? It’s done by humans, whose political biases will influence not just the topics they choose to study but also how they study them. But does that mean it’s fine for scientists to blatantly bring their politics into their work? Does that mean it’s okay for scientific journals to endorse political candidates?

In this slightly unusual episode of The Studies Show (which doesn’t include very many actual studies), Tom and Stuart discuss the never-ending debate over where politics begins and ends in science, debate whether it’s possible for science to be politics-free, and cover the recent story of the scientific journal editor fired for expressing a (pretty mild, all things considered) political opinion on Twitter.

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A weekly podcast about the latest scientific controversies, with Tom Chivers and Stuart Ritchie
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