The Prism Podcast – Episode 50

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Lydia Segebrecht discusses her upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness, the psychological effects and brainwashing techniques endemic within the Witness worldview, how and why she left the religion, and the recent news about systemic child abuse cases which were denied and covered up by the Watchtower organization.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 49

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Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst – TOGETHER!

The Prism Podcast – Episode 48

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Jann J. Bellamy is a Florida attorney and lives in Tallahassee. She is a former law clerk to a federal judge, Florida Assistant Attorney General and long-time partner in a Tallahassee law firm, where she practiced mainly in the civil litigation area.

Jann became interested in so-called “complementary and alternative” medicine (CAM) when the Florida Legislature tried to establish a chiropractic school within Florida State University in 2005. She joined others in leading opposition to the school, and this “done deal,” which was strongly opposed by the University faculty, was undone by the university system Board of Governors. During this process, Jann became intrigued that scientifically implausible and unproven healthcare claims could be presented as fact to the public, even to the point of being codified into law, and she left the active practice of law in 2006 to form a non-profit to educate Floridians about “alternative” healthcare claims.

Since then, Jann has been a relentless educator and activist. She is one of the founders and Board members of the Society for Science-Based Medicine, dedicated to providing accurate information about CAM and advocating for state and federal laws that incorporate a science-based standard for all health care practitioners. She is also a founding member of the Institute for Science in Medicine. She runs Oppose Naturopathic Licensing!, which tracks attempts by naturopaths to become state licensed health care providers and provides information on why naturopaths should not be licensed. Finally, she gives talks on CAM to medical students, hospital medical staff, the Center for Inquiry-Tallahassee chapter, and more. She has written for Health News Florida, and has blogged regularly for SBM since 2010.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 47

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Latasha Wright received her Ph.D. from NYU Langone Medical Center in cell and molecular biology. She went on to continue her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co-authored numerous publications and presented her work at international and national conferences. She is an experienced grant writer. She received her training in development at the Park Avenue Armory under the direction of the Manager of Institutional Giving. The BioBus enables her to share her love of science with a new generation of potential scientists. The BioBus creates a setting that fosters innovation and creativity. Students are encouraged to ask questions, formulate hypotheses, and design experiments. Everyday that she spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 46

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Randy Olson is a scientist-turned-filmmaker who earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and became a tenured professor of marine biology at the University of New Hampshire before changing careers by moving to Hollywood and entering film school at the University of Southern California.

He has written three books dealing with improving communication skills for scientists (and everyone else):

Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style, 2009 (Island Press)

Connection: Hollywood Storytelling meets Critical Thinking, co-written with Dorie Barton and Brian Palermo, 2013 (Prairie Starfish Productions).

Houston, We Have A Narrative: Why Science Needs Story, To be released September 2015 (University of Chicago Press)

In this episode of The Prism, Randy discussed the role of narrative in science, and how his “And, But, Therefore” template can be useful for communicators of all stripes.