Political bias on college campuses, Life on other planets

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We talk to a researcher about his work investigating whether college campuses have a liberal bias. Then, a science writer joins us to talk about her new book on the quest to find life elsewhere in the universe.

Featured in this Show

  • Is there actually a liberal bias among college professors?

    UW System President Jay Rothman has called for hiring more politically diverse professors to address the perceived liberal bias on college campuses. A researcher explains how that perception of liberal bias came about — and how true it is to reality.

  • Finding life in the universe: easier said than done

    The universe is big, and it’s likely that there is life beyond planet Earth. But so far, there is no solid evidence of that life. The author of the new book “The Possibility of Life” goes behind the scenes in the scientific quest to detect signs that we are not alone.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Lee Rayburn Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Rob Ferrett Producer
  • Corri Hess Guest
  • Neil Gross Guest
  • Jaime Green Guest

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