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Science for the People

We live in a mate­r­i­al world. Each piece of that stuff has a sto­ry behind it – from the incon­spic­u­ous glass and steel that fash­ions our built envi­ron­ments to the tran­sis­tors in the tech that siphons up all our atten­tion. In this week’s con­ver­sa­tion, host Car­olyn Wilke speaks with sci­en­tist and sci­ence writer Ainis­sa Ramirez, author of The Alche­my of Us: How Humans and Mat­ter Trans­formed One Anoth­er”, to pull back the cur­tain on the mate­ri­als that have shaped soci­ety and the seem­ing­ly unlike­ly peo­ple behind them.