Fri Sep. 20, 2013
Jacques Hebert
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New York (September 20, 2013) – Today, Climate Desk announced the launch of Inquiring Minds, a weekly hour-long podcast that will explore the intersection of science, policy, and society.

The podcast officially begins today with its first episode—an interview with Marsha S. Ivins, a former US astronaut and veteran of five space shuttle missions. The interview covers Ivins’ experiences on her vastly different space missions, why private space flight initiatives still can’t rival investments made by the government, and why we must revitalize NASA’s mission. Other segments of this initial episode discuss new research on how political ideology thwarts your ability to reason about controversial issues like climate change and gun control, and the growing evidence about the dangers of playing football.

You can download and listen to this first episode here.

Inquiring Minds is hosted by bestselling science author and Climate Desk Live host Chris Mooney and neuroscientist and musician Indre Viskontas, and is produced by Adam Isaak. The trio formerly collaborated on the Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast. Rhian Sheehan, award-winning New Zealand producer, will provide music for the podcast. The podcast is launching in partnership with Climate Desk—a journalistic collaboration aimed at exploring the impact of a changing climate and consisting of The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, the Guardian, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, and Wired.

Signaling what listeners can expect from the podcast, host Chris Mooney remarked, “We’re committed to the idea that understanding the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone. In our podcast, we will endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters, with weekly coverage of the most intriguing developments at the intersection of science and society, and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.”

Inquiring Minds will be available for download each week, and listeners can also subscribe to the podcast here. Each episode will also be accessible at and in video form on the Climate Desk’s YouTube channel Follow Inquiring Minds on Twitter @InquiringShow and on Facebook at

For more information or to set up an interview with an Inquiring Minds spokesperson, please contact