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On the eve of a country-wide march, AirTalk asks listeners about the role of politics in science

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Fans and scientists alike will participate on Saturday in a national March for Science. As reported by Marketplace’s Jed Kim, there’s been a lot of talk about the role of politics in the science world.

These arguments include government funding, recognizing facts and the government’s reaction to further the study of science in the U.S. But should science be a partisan issue? Or should a scientist’s job focus only on research and leave politics to the rest of the masses?

Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach, Riverside, and Santa Barbara are some of the Southern California cities that will hold their respective March for Science rallies tomorrow. Click here for other participating cities.


Jason Marshall, a postdoctoral fellow in mechanical and civil engineering at Caltech, and an co-organizer of the Pasadena Science March

Roger Pielke Jr., Faculty affiliate at the University of Colorado, Boulder in their  Center for Science and Technology Policy Research

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