About The Show

Science for the People is a syndicated radio show and podcast that broadcasts weekly across North America. We are a long-format interview show that explores the connections between science, popular culture, history, and public policy, to help listeners understand the evidence and arguments behind what's in the news and on the shelves.

Every week, our hosts sit down with science researchers, writers, authors, journalists, and experts to discuss science from the past, the science that affects our lives today, and how science might change our future.

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The Team

Desiree Schell


I'm constantly fascinated by how the world works, and I can’t remember the last time I was bored. I'm not a scientist or academic of any variety, I simply believe in using curiosity and critical analysis to guide my life. I use Philip K. Dick’s words as a litmus test: "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".

desiree@scienceforthepeople.ca @desireeschell

Rachelle Saunders

Producer & Host

A web developer by day, I find logic fascinating, and love a good argument where ideas are being exchanged and minds are being changed. My interests are wide and varied, and I love to learn new things. I probably read too much and definitely listen to too many podcasts.

rachelle@scienceforthepeople.ca @afterthree

Bethany Brookshire


I'm that person who is always dropping scientific references and facts at cocktail parties, which is why I'm usually not invited to those parties. I used to be a real-life scientist, but now I spend my time writing about real-life scientists and their work at Science News and Society for Science & the Public. I simply can't imagine my life without the awesomeness of science in it.


Ryan Bromsgrove


I went to the University of Alberta and stumbled upon a BSc. in Physics for a reason I no longer remember. Nowadays, I can be found committing freelance journalism, knowing far too much about Canadian university newspapers, and probably never entering the real world. My interests vary from science to philosophy, writing, video games and programming, ensuring that I’ll never be an expert in any. I'm also not fond of loud motorcyclists.

ryan@scienceforthepeople.ca @ryawesome

Helen Quevillon

Publishing Liaison

Ever since I was young, I have been curious about the world around me. I was always asking why in an effort to learn how and why things worked. This innate curiosity is what lead me to study science and my nerdiness in general. As a biological science student I get to spend most of my days asking "why?" I can’t think of anything better.


Josh Witten


I’m convinced that the scientific view of the world is the most fun way to view the world and I'm working hard-ish to convince everyone else I’m right.

josh@scienceforthepeople.ca @joshwitten

Marie-Claire Shanahan

Guest Host

I love science and I’ve been hooked on finding ways to explain and share that love since my chemistry teacher handed me the chalk and challenged me to teach the class one day (probably because I was asking him too many questions). As a teacher and science education researcher I like nothing more than helping people make logical sense of the world around us.

marie-claire@scienceforthepeople.ca @mcshanahan

Forrest Caissie

Studio Technician

I'm interested in the connections between science, politics, and culture, and one day I hope to pass that interest along to the next generation by becoming a teacher.


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Theme Song

Our theme song music comes from the song "Binary Consequence" by the band Fractal Pattern. You can find the full version of it on their album No Hope But Mt. Hope.

License & Copyright

All Science for the People episodes are under the Creative Commons license. You are free to distribute unedited versions of the episodes for non-commercial purposes. If you would like to edit the episode please contact us.