This week, PNM welcomes Soren Wheeler as our guest. Soren works as a Senior Editor at Radiolab, a syndicated, and podcasted, science radio program produced at station WNYC in New York. The subject of our discussion is curiosity, how it teaches us about our world, just like science. As little kids, we have a natural wonder about everything around us that, in a sense, explains the nature of science. But as we grow older, school becomes rote knowledge, like learning the elements in the Periodic Table or the laws of physics. We suppress our curiosity, and our interest in science. This might explain why the public tends to accept or ignore any scientific premise. Journalism has a role in this. And as Soren says, it’s important for journalism to connect with the public to help make science easier to understand. Radiolab produces incredibly creative and innovative uses of sound and art to do just that. Our show airs two short clips as examples of how they make science understandable.
To hear full shows of Radiolab, go to the Radiolab website. You can hear Radiolab episodes on the radio in Madison on the Wisconsin Public Radio station WHA-AM every Saturday afternoon.