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How Do We Get People To Trust Science Again?

Houston researchers discuss how to improve scientific literacy in an age of skepticism.

Science is having a rough time of it these days. Plenty of people still doubt the evidence that humans play a role in climate change. Some believe vaccines cause autism. And others still think the earth is flat.

Significant portions of society simply reject the conclusions that the world's scientists are largely in agreement on. But why is that the case and how do we get people to trust science again?

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks it over with Dr. Amy Sater, chair of the biology department at the University of Houston, and Dr. Carolyn Nichol, director of the Office of STEM Engagement at Rice University.