17 episodes

Science Court is project designed to combat polarization in American society and strengthen democracy. It is run as an interdisciplinary course in the University of Minnesota Honors Program involving students from across the university. The students select a controversial issue and spend an entire semester studying it in depth to determine the facts (based on sound scientific research) and then argue it in a mock trial in front of a jury of citizens with a mix of views and backgrounds.

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Science Court is project designed to combat polarization in American society and strengthen democracy. It is run as an interdisciplinary course in the University of Minnesota Honors Program involving students from across the university. The students select a controversial issue and spend an entire semester studying it in depth to determine the facts (based on sound scientific research) and then argue it in a mock trial in front of a jury of citizens with a mix of views and backgrounds.

    S3, E6: Depolarizing America - The Verdict Is In!

    S3, E6: Depolarizing America - The Verdict Is In!

    In this final episode of Depolarizing America, hosted by Matt Simonson, we recap this semester's SciCourt trial, talk to jurors before they deliberate, and announce the verdict! Our Media Team, Matt Simonson, Jess Jurcek, and Hannah Ihekoronye, also reflect on the semester, their initial expectations, and the work they've done this year.

    Follow us on social media -- Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @scicourt -- to be alerted next spring when SciCourt gavels back into session.

    • 17 min
    S3, E5: Depolarizing America - Days Before Trial, Is Legal Team Ready?

    S3, E5: Depolarizing America - Days Before Trial, Is Legal Team Ready?

    In this fifth episode of Depolarizing America, hosted by Matt Simonson, we will be talking with the legal pro and con teams about their confidence for the trial and what they have done to prepare.

    The University of Minnesota Science Court students are researching and debating whether mandatory service programs could work to create more political and racial harmony in the United States. This semester’s Science Court trial is on April 24, starting at 9 a.m. If you’re interested in attending virtually, register for the webinar at umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN…FX-zbR7yywchK_14R5w

    Follow us on social media -- Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @scicourt.

    • 11 min
    S3, E4: Depolarizing America - How the Army Gave a Former Science Court Student New Perspective

    S3, E4: Depolarizing America - How the Army Gave a Former Science Court Student New Perspective

    In this fourth episode of Depolarizing America, hosted by Matt Simonson, SciCourt examines the sociology and political science of service programs. Jess Jurcek interviews David Ashley, a member of the science team, to discuss the sociological effects of service programs. Hannah Ihekoronye talks with army member and former Science Court student podcaster Luke Diamond about his experience in the military and thoughts on public service.

    The University of Minnesota Science Court students are researching and debating whether mandatory service programs could work to create more political and racial harmony in the United States. This semester’s Science Court trial is on April 24, starting at 9 a.m. If you’re interested in attending virtually, register for the webinar at umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN…FX-zbR7yywchK_14R5w

    Follow us on social media -- Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @scicourt.

    • 30 min
    S3, E3: Depolarizing America - How Can People Be Motivated to Participate in Voluntary Service?

    S3, E3: Depolarizing America - How Can People Be Motivated to Participate in Voluntary Service?

    The University of Minnesota Science Court students are researching and debating whether mandatory service programs could work to create more political and racial harmony in the United States.

    In this third episode of Depolarizing America, hosted by Matt Simonson, SciCourt examines educational opportunities and marketing volunteer service programs. Jessica Jurcek and Simonson interview members of the science and legal team. Jennie Lim discusses the importance of motivation and skill development for successful volunteer programs. Madeleine Stankiewicz talks about how the legal con team plans to market the volunteer service program and prepare for trial.

    Follow us on social media -- Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @scicourt -- and if you are interested in serving on our jury to decide this case, apply at z.umn.edu/scicourt-jury by April 5, 2021.

    • 14 min
    S3, E2: Depolarizing America - How Psychology and Public Health Play Into Service Programs

    S3, E2: Depolarizing America - How Psychology and Public Health Play Into Service Programs

    The University of Minnesota Science Court students are researching and debating whether mandatory service programs could work to create more political and racial harmony in the United States.

    In this second episode of Depolarizing America, hosted by Matt Simonson, SciCourt examines the public health and psychology of volunteer and mandatory service programs. Matt Simonson and Hannah Ihekoronye interview members of the science team. Philip Dowdell discusses the impact of mandatory service programs on public health. Manix White talks about the role psychology plays in the effectiveness of service programs.

    Follow us on social media -- Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @scicourt -- and if you are interested in serving on our jury to decide this case at the end of April 2021, apply at z.umn.edu/scicourt-jury.

    • 21 min
    S3, E1: Depolarizing America - How Have Service Programs Worked in the U.S. and Around the World?

    S3, E1: Depolarizing America - How Have Service Programs Worked in the U.S. and Around the World?

    The University of Minnesota Science Court students will research and debate this semester whether mandatory service programs could work to create more political and racial harmony in the United States.

    In this first episode of Depolarizing America, hosted by Matt Simonson, SciCourt explores historic efforts to combat polarization both inside and outside the United States. Hannah Ihekoronye and Jess Jurcek interview two members of the legal team, Andrew Bremner and Nishant Satpathy, to discuss their current research regarding U.S. government programs post-WWII as well as foreign countries' programs and policies. What programs have worked and what have not?

    The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this episode belong to the interviewees. Science Court cannot verify the statement regarding Peace Corps 50% effectiveness abroad. We can verify that public trust in the military has increased post-WWII, according to Gallup: https://news.gallup.com/poll/1597/confidence-institutions.aspx

    Follow us on social media -- Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @scicourt -- and if you are interested in serving on our jury to decide this case at the end of April 2021, apply at z.umn.edu/scicourt-jury

    • 23 min

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