7 episodes

Are robots racist? Should we regulate gene editing? Have people stopped trusting experts? Does scientific research make the world a more unequal place? The Received Wisdom is a podcast about how to realize the potential of science and technology by challenging the received wisdom. Join Shobita and Jack as they talk to thinkers and doers from around the world about governing science and technology to make the world a better place.

The Received Wisdom Shobita Parthasarathy & Jack Stilgoe

    • Social Sciences
    • 4.6, 14 Ratings

Are robots racist? Should we regulate gene editing? Have people stopped trusting experts? Does scientific research make the world a more unequal place? The Received Wisdom is a podcast about how to realize the potential of science and technology by challenging the received wisdom. Join Shobita and Jack as they talk to thinkers and doers from around the world about governing science and technology to make the world a better place.

    Episode 6: COVID Knowledge, Technology, and Politics: Dispatches from Around the World

    Episode 6: COVID Knowledge, Technology, and Politics: Dispatches from Around the World

    Jack and Shobita talk to five experts in science, technology, policy, and society about their perspectives and experiences with COVID-19 around the world. Interviews include Monamie Bhadra (Singapore), Silvio Funtowicz (Italy), Roger Pielke (US), Poonam Pandey (India), and Michael Veale (UK).

    Transcript available at thereceivedwisdom.org

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 5: Expertise and Public Trust ft. Ben Pauli

    Episode 5: Expertise and Public Trust ft. Ben Pauli

    Jack and Shobita compare the US and UK responses to the coronavirus outbreak, and consider the legacy of the US approach to research funding policy 75 years after publication of the famous report by Vannevar Bush, Science: The Endless Frontier. And we speak with Ben Pauli (@benjaminjpauli), professor at Kettering University, about his recent book on the politics of the Flint Water Crisis.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 4: Race, Identity, Reparations, and the Role of Ancestral DNA Testing ft. Alondra Nelson

    Episode 4: Race, Identity, Reparations, and the Role of Ancestral DNA Testing ft. Alondra Nelson

    Shobita and Jack answer listener questions, discuss Jack's trip to the weird world of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and talk to Professor Alondra Nelson about the social life of ancestral DNA testing. Professor Nelson is the Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and President of the Social Science Research Council.

    • 59 min
    Episode 3: Considering Ethical Responsibility in Science and Technology ft. Nicholas Carr

    Episode 3: Considering Ethical Responsibility in Science and Technology ft. Nicholas Carr

    Shobita and Jack discuss what responsibilities scientists and scientific institutions bear when research results--like DNA phenotyping or human germline gene editing--are used to morally dubious ends. And they consider whether the problem with Big Tech is actually just one of Big Business. Jack interviews tech journalist Nicholas Carr, author of numerous books including Utopia is Creepy and Other Provocations (2017).

    • 53 min
    Episode 2: Technology, Optimism, and Race ft. Ruha Benjamin

    Episode 2: Technology, Optimism, and Race ft. Ruha Benjamin

    Shobita and Jack talk about the price of technological optimism, and speak with Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies and founder of the JUST DATA lab at Princeton University. She is the author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, published by Polity Books earlier this year. (Transcript available at thereceivedwisdom.org.)

    • 51 min
    Episode 1: Climate Activism featuring Dan Sarewitz

    Episode 1: Climate Activism featuring Dan Sarewitz

    Shobita and Jack talk about climate and tech activism, and interview Dan Sarewitz, Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and Professor of Science and Society, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Issues in Science and Technology and is a frequent contributor to Nature.
    A transcript of this episode and links to Dan's writings are available at thereceivedwisdom.org.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

bucketsaway ,

Two leading thinkers in STS find a new voice

Shobita and Jack are at the forefront of thinking on the relationships between, science, technology, and society. Each has a clear public voice on a wide range of topics, and a history of commitment to making academic concepts both intelligible and engaged with current debates shaping our societies. I’m excited to see how they bring their skills to bare through this podcast, and I can confidently say you will not be disappointed.

Tijs van Maasakkers ,

Exciting!

Such a promising addition to the resources associated with STS!

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