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Back to Basics: Freedom implies justice; justice requires truth; truth is built on facts. Science and Technology drive society forward and Science for the Rest of Us is here to talk about it. We have conversations with Nerds in the Know and do our best to illuminate the science underlying so much of our lives. Science shouldn’t be the last word in our social and civic discourse – it should be the first. We can all strive to understand the basic science and facts underlying each issue, and then apply our social, ethical and religious values to the debate and plot a course forward -- together. Science For the Rest of Us exists because it's much more fun to learn than it is to fight. After all, where is the time to hate when there is so little time to love?

Back to Basics: Freedom implies justice; justice requires truth; truth is built on facts. Science and Technology drive society forward and Science for the Rest of Us is here to talk about it. We have conversations with Nerds in the Know and do our best to illuminate the science underlying so much of our lives. Science shouldn’t be the last word in our social and civic discourse – it should be the first. We can all strive to understand the basic science and facts underlying each issue, and then apply our social, ethical and religious values to the debate and plot a course forward -- together. Science For the Rest of Us exists because it's much more fun to learn than it is to fight. After all, where is the time to hate when there is so little time to love?

Location:

United States

Description:

Back to Basics: Freedom implies justice; justice requires truth; truth is built on facts. Science and Technology drive society forward and Science for the Rest of Us is here to talk about it. We have conversations with Nerds in the Know and do our best to illuminate the science underlying so much of our lives. Science shouldn’t be the last word in our social and civic discourse – it should be the first. We can all strive to understand the basic science and facts underlying each issue, and then apply our social, ethical and religious values to the debate and plot a course forward -- together. Science For the Rest of Us exists because it's much more fun to learn than it is to fight. After all, where is the time to hate when there is so little time to love?

Language:

English


Episodes

What Do We Know About Hate?

8/7/2020
Dr. Peter Simi from Chapman University describes the research surrounding violent extremism and right wing domestic extremism in particular.

Duration:01:27:42

Good Cop, Bad Cop: Understanding Police Use of Force

6/28/2020
A great conversation with University of Nebraska - Omaha Professor Justin Nix about police use of force, bias in policing, how we compare to other countries and alternative models of law enforcement.

Duration:01:07:53

To Be or Not to Be: Mental Health and Wellbeing

6/5/2020
Guest Host and Lydia Foundation Board Member Ty Walker interviews Dr. Christine Chasek from University of Nebraska - Kearney about the science behind mental health and wellbeing.

Duration:01:06:48

Is Homework Worth Doing?

1/25/2020
Dr. Janine Bempechat from Boston University helps us understand who homework helps and if we should we should make our kids do it.

Duration:00:58:35

Would You Like Some Nutrients with Your Water?

12/28/2019
"Nutrient Pollution" is becoming a(nother) major flashpoint between rural and urban communities and we discuss the farm contribution to the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico, algal blooms in our surface waters, what it means for our drinking water, and the difficulty of decreasing this fertility-laden runoff. Dr. Matthew Helmers is the Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and he helps us understand a complex issue with no simple answers.

Duration:01:00:24

High or Healthy? The Science of Medical Marijuana

9/19/2019
Forty-seven states have legalized some form of Medical Marijuana, but Idaho, South Dakota and Nebraska have yet to join the party. Dr. Bia Carlini of the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute discusses the current state of research into cannabis and what it has to offer therapeutically.

Duration:01:13:53

The Science of Recycling Podcast Content

7/15/2019
The podcast has been slacking as our farming season has come on strong, but here is a recap with some highlights from Season 1, a short update on where the podcast is heading in Season 2 and details on our new sponsor, The Lydia Foundation for Social Engagement.

Duration:01:25:36

Don't Get All Agro(ecology) On Me: Alternative Agriculture

4/7/2019
A wide ranging discussion with Dr. Chuck Francis from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln about alternative approaches to farming. We discuss organic agriculture, cover crops, soil health, "feeding the world" and Chuck takes a well-earned opportunity to wax poetic.

Duration:01:21:58

Eructation Inflation: Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Livestock

3/1/2019
Put your nerd hat on -- we cover a lot of ground in this fast-paced discussion with Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California-Davis about the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the meat and dairy we consume. We consider how livestock emissions compare to other sectors of the US and global economies, the carbon footprint of vegetarian diets and what is the most effective way to reduce individual carbon emissions.

Duration:00:49:32

Here a Gun, There a Gun: The Science of Gun Violence

2/7/2019
Dr. David Hemenway from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health takes us through what's known about gun violence and what can be done to decrease it. We discuss suicide, gun access, mental health, video games and much more.

Duration:01:09:45

Nerd to the Nth Degree: BIG Numbers

1/13/2019
Dr. Matthew Peavy talks math, encryption technologies and really, really, really, really, really, really, reallyreallyreally big numbers. This will seriously blow your mind and we have some fun along the way too.

Duration:00:57:30

Powered By Dinosaurs: Understanding Electrical Energy

12/21/2018
How is electricity generated? Coal, Nuclear, Hydro, Wind, Solar -- how do all of these create the power we are so dependent on? How is power stored and delivered? We tackle these subjects and work to understand the intricate challenges of increasing our renewable energy portfolio with Dr. Jerry Hudgins of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Duration:01:31:30

One's Too Many, A Hundred's Not Enough: Addiction and Treatment

11/27/2018
Dr. K. Michelle Peavy of Evergreen Treatment Services in Seattle, Washington helps us understand opioid, methamphetamine and alcohol addiction. Plus the science of treatment -- what actually works to break the cycle of addiction?

Duration:01:29:53

The Health Impact of Agricultural Chemicals

10/29/2018
Dr. Jenna Gibbs of the University of Iowa’s Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health discusses a sampling of common agricultural chemicals and their impact on human health.

Duration:01:07:23

Regulate This!: How Genetic Engineering is Regulated

10/3/2018
Dr. Jennifer Kuzma from NC State walks us through the complicated world of regulations that control how genetically engineering plants and animals make into our world and onto our plates. Really interesting conversation with broad implications for how society regulates complex technologies.

Duration:01:28:37

Whiskey Is For Drinkin' - Water is For Fightin'

9/14/2018
Many parts of the world struggle with limited water resources and seemingly unlimited demands on them. We discuss water laws nationwide with Don Blankenau, of Blankenau, Wilmoth and Jarecke (even more boring than a scientist: a lawyer!). We have a specific focus on Nebraska to understand issues like surface water and groundwater rights, river compacts between states, and priority of use between cities, agriculture and industry, but also learn about novel cases working their way toward the...

Duration:01:08:13

The Meat We Eat: Antibiotics, Hormones and Animal Welfare

8/27/2018
A conversation with Dr. Dan Thomson, Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, about production livestock agriculture and cattle in particular. How are antibiotics and hormones used? How do they affect human health? How is "animal welfare" defined in livestock agriculture? Do Confined Animal Feed Operations (CAFOs) meet standards of animal welfare?

Duration:01:19:34

Is It Getting Hot in Here?: Understanding our Climate

8/9/2018
Dr. Don Wilhite discusses climate science and addresses ongoing misinformation while detailing the impacts to Nebraska agriculture in particular.

Duration:01:12:06

To Edit or Not To Edit: Genetic Engineering

7/18/2018
A broad discussion of genetic editing with Dr. Tom Clemente, University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Duration:00:50:27