Programming Note: Darts and Letters is off and retooling to relaunch in a new format early 2024.

Bill Nye’s Bow Tie: the Politics of Science & Medicine

  • Thumbnail for EP16: Derailed: The Crisis of Forensic Expertise

    EP16: Derailed: The Crisis of Forensic Expertise

    When it comes to complex social problems, us sensible well-educated book-learnin’ types turn to the experts; we ‘believe science’ — unlike those snorting, hooting, semi-literate dunces. But over the next two weeks, we have two stories that will make you think twice about putting blind faith in experts. What if they don’t actually know what they’re talking about? That happens to be the case with many forensic experts. You know, the folks who work on blood spatter, ballistics, hand-writing analysis, fingerprints, etc.
    Listen now
  • EP12: Left Jab (w/ Garth Mullins of CRACKDOWN)

    As the pandemic drifts into its one-year anniversary, all eyes are on the end of the thing. Whenever that may be. Discovering, producing, and shipping vaccines is the big plank in the world’s plan to move beyond the coronavirus, but there’s more to it than that. We live in an era of distrust — of corporations, of governments, of experts, of science itself. We also live in an era of inequality. So, getting the vaccines out the door is one thing. Getting people to take them, including in communities that have traditionally been marginalized, is another.
    Listen now