Welcome to The Conjectural.
A story about lizard sex, behavioral evolution, muscle size, and how science generates knowledge even when the hypothesis turns out to be wrong.
- Dr. Michele Johnson, Trinity University
With this past November's election, all of a sudden in America, it's a strange time for science and for journalism. I spoke with Dr. Kiki Sanford, host of This Week in Science, about her work as a science translator and how that's going to change.
- Dr. Kiki Sanford, This Week in Science
Transcript coming soon.
How being moved by science also moved me to become a person of faith.
- Sian Beilock, The University of Chicago
In this show, a story about how your handedness can influence your choice and so, quite possibly, influence your vote
- Daniel Casasanto, The University of Chicago
In this show, a story about how your ability to act can change what you see.
- Jessica Witt, Colorado State University
In this show, a story about a source of discoveries about our past... for the next 16,000 years.
- Shawn Haugrud, East Tennessee State University
- Jarod Duckworth, a high-school student
In this show, a story about the illegal ivory trade, poaching elephants—which are in serious decline—and telling science stories differently.
- Samuel Wasser, University of Washington - Seattle
- William Clark, Honorable Warden, Kenya Wildlife Service
- Allan Thornton, Environmental Investigation Agency
In this show, a story about the effects of noise on children, from preemies in the hospital to kids learning in the classroom.
- Lori Leibold, Boys Town National Research Hospital
- Amir Lahav, Harvard Medical School
- Rochelle Newman, University of Maryland
In this show, a story about nature's most violent storms and how they've changed over the past forty years.
- Harold Brooks, National Severe Storms Laboratory, NOAA
In this show, a story about the science of taking the public's opinion.
- John Besley, Michigan State University
- Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator
- Cary Funk, Pew Research Center
- Peter Muhlberger, National Science Foundation
- Lydia Saad, The Gallup Organization
In this show, a story about the world's largest rainforest, and how scientists don't really know what will happen to it with a warming climate.
- Scott Denning, professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University
In this show, a story about the mind-body connection, and putting your best face forward.
- James Schirillo, professor of psychology specializing in psychophysics at Wake Forest University
In this show, an interview about the audience that most science journalists are writing for, and what distinguishes the reports and stories audiences prefer.
- David Grimm, online news editor of Science magazine
In this show, an essay about science news and a story about baby-boomer homelessness.
- Margot Kushell, doctor and professor of medicine at UCSF
In this show, a story about what just might be the most important part of the human genome.
- Ting Wu, geneticist at Harvard Medical School
Note: In the piece, the phrase "Wu and her colleagues" may insufficiently distinguish Nadav Ahituv et al for their work, Deletion of Ultraconserved Elements Yields Viable Mice as a separate team from Wu's. Hopefully, each team considers the other as colleagues, as indeed Ahituv et al do cite Wu's work as motivation for carrying out their study. We regret any irritation this choice of language may have caused, especially to Ahituv et al.
In this show, a story about an infectious disease that's gotten better and worse thanks to modern medicine.
- Archie Clements, infectious disease epidemiologist at Australian National University
- Joy Greene, assistant dean of experiential education at High Point University
In this show: a story about confidence, making mistakes, learning from them, and moving on with scientific research.
- Eric Stone, cognitive psychology professor at Wake Forest University
This show's experiment: what's a news story about science like without a conclusion?
- Fenella Saunders, managing editor of American Scientist
- Ben Santer, climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (U.S.)
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"The proved is evident, the conjectural is splendid." —Victor Hugo