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Radiolab clearly is some of the finest science storytelling on the planet.
And this is one of my favourite epsiodes*: “Oops – Stories of unintended consequences”

 

 

Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.

 

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Radiolab goes back to patient zero – but not the one you think you know.
The Cell That Started a Pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brooke Gladstone is host of NPR’s On the Media and has now written a beautiful and very informative piece of graphic non-fiction. It’s called The Influencing Machine and although the book is about media and journalism as a whole, it makes some interesting points about science journalism, too. In her chapter about bias, for example, Gladstone explains how science coverage is often riddled by narrative bias [the (perceived) need of beginning, middle and end in each and every story]. And the Scientific American classic of April Fools Day in 2005 on “so-called evolution” gets a full page appearance, too.
Plus: On her way through the history of the media and its discontents Gladstone does quite a bit of (graphic) science reporting herself (on polls, on the neuroscience of free will, on cognitive dissonance etc.).
It is amazing how much information can go into a comic book!

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media on Vimeo on Vimeo

 

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Sehr sch̦ne Reihe! DRadioWissen: H̦rsaal РVorlesung der Woche.
Diesmal mit Jürgen Heinze, Uni Regensburg

Die Reihe “Hörsaal” als Podcast gibt es hier: http://wissen.dradio.de/hoersaal.86.de.podcast

Und hier noch der direkte Link zum Vortrag.

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