Episode 017 – Science and Spin

To care about reality or not to care about reality, that is the question!  Some people spend their lives figuring out what is true and what isn’t. Others spend their lives slinging BS trying to make that hard-won knowledge go away.

Live Thursday, June 25 at 5:30 EDT, 4:30 CDT, 2:30 PDT.

Episode 014 – Keeping the Monster in the Box

The troubling turmoil surrounding George Floyd has captured the attention of the nation and the world, even as states move to relax restrictions meant to control the spread of COVID-19. But the virus itself doesn’t care about social justice, economics or political expediency. It just does what it does. Where do we really stand right now, and what tools do we have at our disposal to monitor and protect the public health?

Episode 011 — Mental Health: The Other Side of the COVID Coin

We have a guest this afternoon (Monday, May 18). Jennifer Klesman is a therapist at Cityscape Counseling in Chicago. She is a licensed clinical social worker who treats adults and adolescents struggling with issues that include anxiety, depression, trauma, gender identity, relationships, and general life stress. We’ll be talking about the challenges of living in the time of COVID.
 

Episode 010 — Relativity and Recovery Redux

The world is not always as we imagine it is. Albert Einstein mixed together what for centuries had seemed the immutable concepts of space and time, and in the process reshaped our understanding of reality. And today, COVID has destroyed what had seemed immutable notions of how our society functions. It’s just that for the most part, people have yet to appreciate just how fundamental the change is.

Episode 009 — What does “recovered” really mean?

Sure, “recovered” beats “dead,” but both are a far cry from “never got sick in the first place.”  It’s like what happened 65 million years ago. Life “recovered” from the KT impact that killed the dinosaurs, but that doesn’t mean it had an easy time of it.
Livestream from Monday, May 11, 2020.
Scientists Stuck Inside

Episode 008 — From the Cosmos, to Climate, to COVID

Whether talking about the expansion of the Universe or the spread of a disease, the rules that describe how the world works are all about change. It’s one thing to write those rules down. It’s another thing entirely to go from there to a description of what actually happens. In between lies the science and the art of numerical modeling.