Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Science and Engineering Debate?

PostedAugust 10, 2016

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Anchor Lead: More than fifty organizations are urging the US presidential candidates to address issues seldom discussed in the debates.

Randy Atkins: The list of twenty questions has just been proposed by “Science Debate – dot – org.” Shawn Otto is its chairman.

Shawn Otto: Science and engineering are having a bigger and bigger impact on every voter’s life and all of the major policy questions that the candidates are facing, and yet you rarely hear them talk about these big issues.

Randy Atkins: Otto says there’s plenty of campaign talk about economics, foreign policy, religion, and guns -- but not their technical aspects…and not much on things like… Shawn Otto: ...what is our approach to tackling energy, balancing privacy and security on the Internet, or the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bugs?

Randy Atkins: Otto’s aiming for a televised debate, but if that fails…

Shawn Otto: …maybe we’ll at least get journalists to start asking some of these questions on the campaign trail.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.