Guest Host: Jennifer Golbeck

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity."

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity."

Popular culture informs so many of our perceptions of science – even when films or novels stretch science into clearly fictional territory. The federal government makes experts available as advisers to entertainment projects, with the goal of using film and television as a vehicle to improve understanding and appreciation of science. We explore the relationship between science fiction and science fact – and where organizations like NASA and the National Academy of Sciences fit into the conversation.

Guests

  • Bert Ulrich Multimedia Liaison for Film and Television Collaboration, NASA
  • David Lavery Program Executive, Solar System Exploration, NASA
  • Ann Merchant Deputy Executive Director, Office of Communications at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Despina Kakoudaki Associate Professor, Department of Literature at American University

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