Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
The Foundation supports original high quality programming on a range of radio programs tackling science, technology, and economics and seeks to increase both the quantity and the quality of science and technology coverage.
Sloan grants started the science and technology desk on National Public Radio and on Public Radio International’s The World, and have supported feature radio series, such as the Peabody-Award winning The DNA Files, and sponsored science coverage on commercial radio, such as The Osgood File.
Current partnerships include support for the award-winning show Radiolab, two time Peabody-winner Studio 360, Science Friday, Public Radio Exchange (PRX), Kavli Award for Science Journalism winner BURN: An Energy Journal, and Emmy-winning Planet Money. The Foundation also supports LA Theatre Works to record full-length science plays as part of a series called Relativity, broadcast on public radio. The recordings include numerous plays originally commissioned by the Foundation’s theater program.
Orbital Path, a PRX podcast hosted by NASA Deputy Director of Science Communication Michelle Thaller, takes a look at the big questions of the cosmos and what the answers can reveal about our life here on Earth. more