About The Show

Science for the People is a long-format interview podcast 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.

The Team

Rachelle Saunders

Producer & Host

I love to learn new things, and say the word "fascinating" way too much. I like to talk about intersections and how science and critical thinking intersect with everyday life, politics, history, and culture. By day I'm a web developer, and I definitely listen to way 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.


Anika Hazra


I am a scientist-turned-science-communicator with a particular interest in ecology and evolution. I hope to bring exposure to fascinating yet obscure topics within the science realm, for everyone's benefit. Check out my website to learn more about me.

Carolyn Wilke


I’m a science junkie who left research because I couldn’t bear the thought of forever digging into the same research topics. Now I’m a science journalist. I get to follow my curiosity and report on new discoveries and the stories behind them for kids and adults at Science News for Students and Science News.


Marion Kilgour


I'm a Mechanical Engineer, and that person who regularly says, "The most recent study I read about that..." in conversation. I've been a long-time friend and fan of the show and, if you were listening way back in 2009, you may have heard me in couple of episodes.

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.


Desiree Schell

Host (Previous)

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".


Marie-Claire Shanahan

Host (Previous)

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.


Jessie Yaros

Host (Previous)

I am a doctoral student in Neurobiology and Behavior in California. When not engaged in research on the neural correlates of race perception, I listen to podcasts and tell my cats what I've learned.


If you have comments, show ideas, or questions about Science for the People, email feedback@scienceforthepeople.ca.

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.