Scientists Across the Nation Trade in Lab Coats for Protest Signs

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Environmental activists protest outside the Carrie Gosch Elementary School during a visit by U.S. EPA Adminstrator Scott Pruitt on April 19, 2017 in East Chicago, Indiana.  (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

This Saturday, scientists and their supporters in San Francisco and cities across the country will hold a "March for Science" in response to the Trump administration's policies on climate change and other issues. The unprecedented action has critics questioning whether scientists should play a role in politics, while supporters argue that scientists must take a strong stance in a time of intense polarization and "alternative facts." In this hour of Forum, we discuss the upcoming march and hear from local scientists. Tell us what you think: should science and politics mix?

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Scientists Take to California Streets This Saturday (And Ask You to Join Them) (KQED Science)


Craig Miller, science editor, KQED

Ken Caldeira, climate scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University

Jerry Coyne, professor of ecology and evolution, University of Chicago

Kristen Ratan, co-founder and executive director, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, lead organizer for the March for Science in San Francisco