Science Friday threatened

I’m still trying to avoid blogging at the moment but the news that Science Friday may not last much longer deserves to be brought to as wide an audience as possible. Apparently, the National Science Foundation no longer believes supporting the show is part of its mandate.

Heard live each Friday beginning at 2 p.m. on many, though not all, NPR stations, Science Friday is simply one of the most valuable two hours of radio programming anywhere. In an era in which corporate anti-science campaigns have made reasonable discourse nearly impossible on a wide variety of critical subjects involving the role of science in society — climate change is the most obvious example — we need more programs like Science Friday, not fewer.

Please let NPR management know that you care about Science Friday’s future. Running with Greg Laden’s proposal, let them know you aren’t keen on supporting your local NPR station unless the network your dollars sustain includes Science Friday. And/or donate directly to Science Friday.


  1. #1 Captain Kirk
    October 7, 2010

    GAAAAAAWWWWD. Please go back under your pathetic little rock and be irrelevant and miserable by yourself.

  2. #2 Barry Bickmore
    October 7, 2010

    That’s sad. I listen to the Science Friday podcast every week.

  3. #3 Big Al
    October 7, 2010

    Another example that U.S. seems to be losing its scientific literacy and thus its position in the world economy of the future.

  4. #4 seslisohbet
    October 8, 2010

    The other students gawk at me. I say “It’s a bee that mimics bee mimics.

  5. #5 Dr Greenstein
    October 8, 2010

    I read a recent commentary by Ira Flatow wherein he claimed Science Friday was on financially sound turf.

    Where does the issue stand now?

  6. #6 Anna Haynes
    October 8, 2010

    WTF??? This wasn’t a decision by NSF communications director (and former spokesman for Koch’s Citizens for a Sound Economy) Jeff Nesbit, was it?

  7. #7 MB
    October 11, 2010

    You’ve gotta hand it to the woefully ignorant. They’re right there first in line to comment.

  8. #8 Will Robinson
    October 11, 2010

    All you whackjob greeny communist libtards should be proud that you are SOOOOO much smarter than people like Hal Lewis.

    Happy handwringing!

  9. #9 Kano
    October 12, 2010

    One more indication that someone doesn’t want public interest in science to interact with the money that drives research… meaningful or not.

  10. #10 red pepper
    October 13, 2010

    I read a recent commentary by Ira Flatow wherein he claimed Science Friday was on financially sound turf.

  11. #11 Anna Haynes
    October 15, 2010

    My bad in #6 above, Nesbit doesn’t appear to have anything to do with it. Abashed apologies for the slur; esp. since it’s been 20 years, he could well have different views now.

    Added more info (& hopefully, more future info) about NSF’s decisionmaking in the comments over at Greg Laden’s post.

  12. #12 athdead
    October 18, 2010



    the ungrateful bastards full of hubris…

    a bullet for your head, traitor

    And finally, the *only* man in Minnesota who says there is no God has suddenly become an arbiter on mental health…


  13. #13 film izle
    October 20, 2010

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    Dil: İngilizce (türkçe alt yazı)
    Senaryo: Jon Hoeber / Erich Hoeber / Warren Ellis
    Müzik: Christophe Beck
    Görüntü Yönetmeni: Florian Ballhaus

  14. #14 ManBearPig
    October 21, 2010

    Well CRAP! Now how do we spread our lies and misinformation to the kids?

    -fear the manbearpig

  15. #15 WTF is This? LMFAO
    October 26, 2010

    HAHAHAH. THat guy is a Mr. Spock wannabe!!! I’m sure that whole Star Trek Global Warming thing is a big hit with the ladies!!! (The hot ones, not the fat ugly NOW short hair dykey liberal types)


  16. #16 Hank Roberts
    December 27, 2010

    “All donations and grants received by Science Friday in 2010 will be matched with a $2 to $1 grant.”

    Thank you for the pointer. Just in time.

    You could delete some of the crap and bump the topic up.

  17. #17 supratall
    December 27, 2010

    Well CRAP! Now how do we spread our lies and misinformation to the kids?

  18. #18 Hank Roberts
    December 30, 2010

    “supratall” is a spambot reusing chunks from the thread, presumably to get its linked URL a Google boost.

    Don’t click the link behind the name without shields up.

    It’s hitting Scienceblogs quite hard the last few days.
    If the corporate masters have a filter, they should apply it.