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Geek Chic

Today’s show wonders if it’s becoming chic to be a geek. 

Episode 121 | May 13, 2011

Episode 121: Geek Chic by Distillations Podcast

Next time you’re channel surfing, take a look at the scientists depicted on screen. Far from the bumbling poindexters of yore, many of these characters are more like rock stars—solving crimes, saving the world. It makes you wonder: is it becoming chic to be a geek? In today’s episode we seek an answer to this question. First, producer Esther D'Amico investigates how shows like The Big Bang Bang Theory might influence a new generation of scientists. Next, CHF president Tom Tritton looks at some troubling statistics about the state of science education in the U.S. and shares the ways we might improve our standing.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
00:57 Upping STEM’s Cool Factor
06:58 Science Education in the U.S.
10:51 Closing Credits

Credits

This show was written and researched by Esther D’Amico and Tom Tritton.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley and Magnatune. Additional music includes “If This Geek Ruled The World,” by Geoff Smith, and “Writers,” by Nalts.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Blyzz.