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This Is Science with Jess Phoenix

This Is Science with Jess Phoenix is the official podcast of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Jess brings her experience as a volcanologist and science communicator to the mic through science storytelling and conversations with dynamic scientific explorers, change-makers, and innovators. Ignorance is the disease, and curiosity is the cure!

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Recent Episodes of This Is Science with Jess Phoenix


This Is Science Season 2: Science Boogaloo

This Is Science Season 2: Science Boogaloo

Jess has the details on some recent UCS victories in the real world, and gives a preview of what you can expect for the second season of This Is Science.

Episode 29 May 2024 13m and 30s


Season 2 Is Coming!

Season 2 Is Coming!

Thank you to all of our listeners for a fantastic first season of This Is Science with Jess Phoenix! We are grateful for your support, and stay tuned for the start of Season 2 in just a few weeks.

Episode 15 May 2024 32s


War Of The Words

War Of The Words

Dr. Jo Lukito of the University of Texas, Austin has made using science to understand political language her life’s work. She joins Jess for the third episode in our ongoing series about the science of democracy in the 2024 election cycle.

Episode 1 May 2024 29m and


Earth Day Two Ways

Earth Day Two Ways

Jess hosts a conversation between climate scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel and environmentalist and actor Eric Balfour about climate solutions and the future of humanity and our planet.

Episode 16 April 2024 29m and


Feet To The Fire

Feet To The Fire

Jess talks with California's Attorney General Rob Bonta about a historic lawsuit he filed against Big Oil to hold them accountable for the devastating effects of climate change caused by their fossil fuel products.

Episode 3 April 2024 29m and


What We Need to Make Democracy Work

What We Need to Make Democracy Work

Longtime Washington journalist Jesse J. Holland talks with Jess about changes in journalism and communicating science in the age of social media and “alternative facts,” and what we can expect as the 2024 US election cycle swings into gear. This is the second episode in UCS’ ongoing 2024 election cycle coverage.

Episode 19 March 2024 29m and


The Expanse

The Expanse

Jess talks about space, science, and the future of humans in our universe with Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the award-winning authors behind the hit books and critically-acclaimed TV series The Expanse.

Episode 5 March 2024 29m and


Near The Water

Near The Water

Hydrologist Dr. Karletta Chief of the Navajo Nation talks with Jess about the unique scientific problems facing indigenous communities in the United States and what role science has in finding the solutions.

Episode 21 February 2024 29m and


The State of the Science

The State of the Science

Dr. Mindy Romero, founder of the Center for Inclusive Democracy at the University of Southern California, talks with Jess about current election science and what we can expect to see during the 2024 election cycle.

Episode 6 February 2024 29m and


Look For The Helpers - Part 2

Look For The Helpers - Part 2

In the second part of this special Clean Transportation mini-series Jess visits the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project to talk with co-founder and co-director Ms. Margaret Gordon about local health and environmental impacts of - and solutions to - living next to one of the nation's busiest shipping ports.

Episode 23 January 2024 29m and 1s

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