As former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said:

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

Well, it’s a fact that most scientists believe that climate change is occurring.

So which news outlets get it right and which get it wrong?  According to a brand new World Public Opinion Poll , which is a project managed by the program on international policy attitudes at the University of Maryland):

87% of regular public broadcasting viewers have gotten an accurate message and believe it to be true.

But only 40% of regular Fox news viewers believe what the majority of scientist believe to be true.

Science news has always been under reported, and in the current news climate – with newspapers folding, and commercial television news abysmally skewed — public broadcasting is our last best hope of finding out what’s we are learning about our world.

I’d like to take this moment to pitch Public Radio Science Podcasts.  If you have an iPod or other like device, you can weave science into your day seamlessly.  Keep up with the latest findings while washing dishes, walking the dog or weeding the garden. If you don’t have such a device, you can still listen through your computer any time.  If you miss a broadcast — NO BIGGIE!  The programs are there, waiting for you in cyberspace.

Here are a few public broadcasting  science podcasts that Doug and I follow:

The World – Science

Science Friday

60-Second Science

Other great podcasts that sometimes deal with scientific subjects

On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Fresh Air

What podcasts do you follow?

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