The Case for a Presidential Science Debate

A group of science advocates say the American president should have the basic scientific know-how to understand policy challenges, evaluate options, and devise solutions. Ira Flatow and guests discuss how a presidential science debate can help voters decide if a candidate is up for the job.

Segment Guests

Shawn Lawrence Otto

Shawn Lawrence Otto is CEO and Co-Founder, ScienceDebate.org and author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America (Rodale, 2011). He is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

John Allen Paulos

John Allen Paulos is a Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. He’s based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Vernon Ehlers

Vernon Ehlers is a physicist and former U.S. Representative (R- Mich.). He’s based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.