With Congress and the White House at loggerheads over the fate of funding for the Affordable Care Act, many federal employees remain idle and all sorts of government funding has stopped flowing. Much has been made of the shutdown of the more visible aspects of the federal government, but what about what goes on the behind the scenes? In the world of science, for instance, federal money plays a major role. Laura Kiessling is a Chemist and Biochemist at the UW Madison, a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Science. She joined host Brian Standing on October 7, 2013.