TWiV 442: The New York Tim

May 21, 2017

Tim RequarthFreelance science journalist Tim Requarth joins the TWiVers to explain why scientists should stop thinking that explaining science will fix  information illiteracy.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Tim Requarth

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Weekly Science Picks 1:34:25

Kathy – Life Saver Lightning
Model rocket engine burning in slow-mo
Rich – scistarter
Vincent – The quest to wipe out a virus and FCC Votes to Begin Dismantling Net Neutrality

Listener Pick

Robert – Zika presentation

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.

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4 comments on “TWiV 442: The New York Tim

  1. Chris May 24, 2017

    So I listened to the “Every Little Thing” podcast on measles, and it is truly terrible. They trivialized measles in the USA using the Brady Bunch sitcom argument. That is not the experience shared by many of my fellow baby boomers. Some who remember being in darkened rooms because light hurt their eyes.

    I went to bed one night when I was eight years old and did not wake up for two weeks (my memory), apparently my illness worried my parents (in the mid 1960s not much could be done, so no point going to the hospital if the kid was breathing and did not yet have pneumonia). They thought I had an influenza because I had no spots (not always a measles symptom). But a big clue came later: I got mumps a couple of years later. I had had mumps before, it turns out measles can wipe out the immune memory and kids get reinfected (or I was very unlucky):

    (note: my mother died a year after I had mumps, my dad was clueless to all things related to childhood illness, so I only had my brother who even though he is six years old than me was still just a kid…. but I do remember the biggest result of being bedridden for two weeks, my lovely long wavy hair was a matted mess and needed to be sheared off)
    I heard that another Gimlet podcast, “Science Vs”, was mentioned, It is actually quite a bit better. If they give a “contrary” comment on the science they come back later with the actual scientific evidence. Plus they do mention the podcasts and the other references. Even in their rss feed: