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Episode 64: Saving Democracy with Robb Willer

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Robb Willer studies social and political divides, and maybe more importantly, he tries to find ways to overcome them. In our conversation, he shares his personal background, unpacks persuasion strategies that cut across political lines, and reveals the results of a major new study in his lab that tested a bunch of strategies for reducing political animosity and encouraging people to value...

SciComm Summer #13: John Sides – Contributing to Political Discussion

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John Sides is a political scientist at Vanderbilt University and co-founded The Monkey Cage, which is a popular political science blog now available at the Washington Post. The blog gives academic social scientists a platform to use their expertise to help the public understand political news. In our conversation, John talks about the origins of TMC, the kinds of articles that are successful, and...

SciComm Summer #12: Steve Rathje – Social Science on TikTok

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Steve Rathje has managed to rack up more than a million followers on TikTok (@stevepsychology) while pursuing a PhD in social psychology (and doing some very cool research). He shares quick videos about key insights from psychological science that are reaching an entirely new audience. In our conversation, he fills me in on the finer points of TikTok as a platform, why it’s uniquely suited...

SciComm Summer #11: Alie and Micah Caldwell – Science Videos on YouTube

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Alie and Micah Caldwell produce the YouTube channel, Neuro Transmissions. Their videos present the basics of neuroscience and psychology in an accessible, engaging way. Alie is a neuroscientist and senior science writer at the University of Chicago Medicine. Micah is a licensed professional clinical counselor. In our conversation, we talk about the origins of Neuro...

SciComm Summer #10: Kurt Nelson & Tim Houlihan – Interviewing Behavioral Scientists

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Tim Houlihan and Kurt Nelson are the hosts of Behavioral Grooves, which is a wonderful weekly podcast featuring interviews with behavioral scientists and practitioners. For #HotSciCommSummer, I wanted to learn more about how they started their podcast journey, what advice they have for budding podcasters, and what advice they have for academics who are going to be interviewed about their work...

SciComm Summer #9: Jesse Thorn – Interviewing

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Jesse Thorn hosts the show “Bullseye” on NPR where he interviews people in arts and culture. A few years ago, he interviewed a bunch of incredible interviewers for his podcast, “The Turnaround.” He’s just the guy to talk to about the craft of interviewing people of note, which is a skill that’s called for in lots of science communication efforts. So I...

SciComm Summer #8: Vanessa Bohns – Writing Books as an Academic

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Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist at Cornell University, and last year she release a book for the public: You Have More Influence Than You Think. It’s a great book about a program of research she’s been working on for year. I wanted to talk to Vanessa about what it was like to translate her research into a format that would be useful and digestible for non-academic audiences. We...

SciComm Summer #7: Daniel Pink – Writing Books

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Daniel Pink is a bestselling author who uses social science research to explore big questions about what it means to be human. He’s written seven books, and his newest one came out last February—The Power of Regret. You can also check out his Masterclass on sales and persuasion. In our conversation, Dan gives a look into his writing process. How does he go from an idea...

SciComm Summer #6: Evelyn Carter – Training & Consulting

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Evelyn Carter is a social psychologist who specializes in communicating science-based practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion to organizations. She leads workshops, gives talks, develops courses, gives interviews with the media, and writes newsletters…all of which requires a special skill for making science understandable and actionable. She’s currently the president at Paradigm...

SciComm Summer #5: Taylor Scott – Bridging Research and Policy

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Taylor Scott is an assistant research professor at Penn State, she’s the director of research translation in the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative, and she’s co-director of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration. In this episode, we talk about the relationship between scientists and policymakers, how to facilitate those interactions, and ultimately what social science...

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