world of weird things podcast: why the news f-ing loves bad science

Have you noticed that the more science coverage you watch on the news, the more confused and less informed you feel? It's not just you. It's a symptom of a much bigger problem.

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Popular science news is just about everywhere, and millions of people subscribe to mailing lists with the latest and greatest from the worlds of astronomy, medicine, biology, and climatology. But not all pop sci news is accurate, and the way the media chooses to cover certain topics is both misleading and irresponsible, inspiring cranks and scam artists, and pitting scientists and volumes of peer-reviewed evidence against loudmouth pundits who really don’t care if the world burns, or people’s health is in danger as long as the camera is focused on them. How did this happen and what can you do to get good science coverage? Tune in and find out.

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Articles covered or touched on in this episode…

And Now A Few (Uncensored) Words About Climate Change
The State Of California Vs. Coffee
Surprise, Surprise! Everything Is Just A Theory
Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain?
Why An Organic Apple A Day Won’t Keep Cancer Away
You’ve Heard Of Fake News, But How Much Do You Know About Fake Science?
Coffee, Booze, And Extra Weight Won’t Help You Live Longer. So What Will?
How Scientists Triggered The Internet Aporkalypse, And Why You Can Still Enjoy Your Bacon

Quality science sources across the web…

Nature News
Science News
MIT Technology Review
National Geographic
Smithsonian Magazine
Popular Science
Science Daily
EurekaAlert!
ScienceBlogs
Wired Science
Ars Technica Science
Phys.org
Space.com
Astronomy.com
Science-Based Medicine

Intro/outro by Absolute Valentine, courtesy of Lazerdiscs Records

# podcast // cargo cult science / mass media / science education


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