Science for the People: Putting Science In Context

Science for the People is a syndicated radio show and podcast based in Edmonton, Alberta, that broadcasts weekly across North America. We explore 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.

The Science for the People Team

Desiree Schell, Host

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”.

Rachelle Saunders, Producer & Host

I love to learn new things, and the world of science is a never-ending supply of new things to learn. My bookshelves are filled with as much non-fiction as fiction, and learned a long time ago that being wrong is great fun: that's where all the interesting questions are hiding.

K.O. Myers, Editor & Online Content Director

I have a habit of wanting to know how things work, and I tend to not be satisfied with “because it does.” Science at its best is a tool for bringing the contours of the universe into better focus, and I find that idea enormously appealing.

Ryan Bromsgrove, Editor & Promotions Manager

I went to the University of Alberta and stumbled upon a BSc. in Physics for a reason I no longer remembers. 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.

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.

Marie-Claire Shanahan, 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.

Josh Witten, Social Media Coordinator & Research Help

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. I’m a former rugby player, former research biologist, current life sciences and communication consultant, and managing publican of The Finch & Pea: Online Public House for Science.

Ed Haynes, Guest Coordinator, Show Chef, & Llama Wrangler

I’m an engineer and a hobby farmer. I’ve always been interested in how things work. I think the most important questions are “how?” and “why?” Critical thinking always seems the best way to get those answers. I’ll always be the curious kid who won’t stop asking questions, and poking at things with a stick.

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.

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.