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 chair of ScienceDebate.org and author of The War On Science. 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.