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Big Picture Science

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of sci­en­tists took to the streets dur­ing the March for Sci­ence. The divi­sive polit­i­cal cli­mate has spurred some sci­en­tists to deep­er polit­i­cal engage­ment – pub­licly chal­leng­ing law­mak­ers and even run­ning for office them­selves. But the sci­en­tist-slash-activist mod­el itself is con­test­ed, even by some of their colleagues. 

Find out how sci­ence and pol­i­tics have been his­tor­i­cal­ly inter­twined, what moti­vates sci­en­tists to get involved, and the pos­si­ble ben­e­fits and harm of doing so. Is objec­tiv­i­ty dam­aged when sci­en­tists advocate? 

Plus, how Michael Mann became a reluc­tant activist, whether his street fight­er” approach is effec­tive in defend­ing cli­mate sci­ence, and the price he and his fam­i­ly paid for speak­ing out.

Also, how the orga­ni­za­tion 314 Action is help­ing a record num­ber of sci­en­tists run for Con­gress. But will the group sup­port only Demo­c­ra­t­ic contenders?


  • Robert YoungGeol­o­gist, West­ern Car­oli­na University

  • Dou­glas HaynesHis­to­ri­an of med­i­cine and sci­ence, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine

  • Michael MannPro­fes­sor, atmos­pher­ic sci­ence, Direc­tor, Earth Sys­tem Sci­ence Cen­ter, Penn State University 

  • Shaug­nessy NaughtonFounder and Pres­i­dent, 314 Action

  • Alex Bere­zowSenior fel­low of bio­med­ical sci­ence at the Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Sci­ence and Health