Winning Slowly

There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how the latest tech gadget or “innovation” will affect the tech landscape tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech in a decade—much less a century. In a culture obsessed with now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond? 25–35-minute episodes released the first and third Wednesdays of the month.


episode 17: 1.17: Love/Hate Relationship

Show NotesIn which we talk about science journalism—the ways in which it is sometimes broken, the reasons why it ends up broken in those cases, and the responsibilities of scientists, scientific journalists, and the science-reading public in publishing and interpreting scientific findings. Science is hard. Reporting on it is hard. Making policy on it is hard. And we need all of them.

  • Intro (1:27)
  • SCIENCE Drives Policy! (1:27–8:02)
  • Elitist, Protectionist, Obstructionist, Obscurantist? (8:02–17:14)
  • Pressures and Responsibilities All Around (17:14–24:10)
  • Conclusion (24:10–25:12)
  • Funny Things We Cut (25:12–25:22)
  • “Where I Go”, by Pistol Shrimp. Used by permission.
  • “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho. Who still gets it stuck in his head every time he edits the show.

Things we referenced on the show.

  • ’Climate Science is Not Settled, by Steven E. Koonin, in the Wall Street Journal—not a global warming denier, it should be noted.
  • ‘No Evidence for or Against Gravitational Waves’
  • Previous episodes:

    • 1.08 How Victor Hugo Could Afford to Live
    • 1.15 Timelessishness
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 November 11, 2014  25m