BBC's Americana on Science in the U.S.

By Chris Mooney | April 4, 2011 3:41 pm

Recently, along with Sci Am editor Mariette Dichristina, I appeared on the BBC Radio 4 podcast “Americana” discussing why the country has problems with science, and what we can do about it. It’s a really well produced show, and I encourage you to listen here.

It’s about 30 minutes long. I particularly loved the interviews with a bunch of really advanced Maryland high school science students, who are studying the coolest stuff–and communicate about their research in an absolutely incomprehensible way. They’ve learned jargon by age 18: Go USA!

Again, you can listen to Americana here.

Comments (1)

  1. Lindsay

    They sound like regular teenagers, wanting to sound cool and smart. Nothing makes you feel cooler or smarter than confusing some adult with big words.

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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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