Myths about religion and politics, Future of bioengineering

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Stained glass windows at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Detroit.
This Friday, June 7, 2019 photo shows stained glass windows at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Detroit. Paul Sancya/AP Photo

Religion and politics impact each other in big ways, but some of them may surprise us. An expert on the topic shares what the data actually show. We also learn about the history of bioengineering and discuss its implications for the future.

Featured in this Show

  • Perception vs. reality on religion and politics

    Perceptions about the way religion and politics interact in the U.S. don’t always reflect empirical data. We talk to the author of a new book about why, and bust some of the most common myths about how Americans’ religious beliefs affect their politics.

  • Should we fear the development of biotechnologies?

    Humans have been influencing evolution on Earth for tens of thousands of years. We survey some of this history, and discuss how with new biotechnologies our species could make the world a better place.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Ryan Burge Guest
  • Beth Shapiro Guest

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