City Views

CityViews 2/8/12: Science and Storytelling



Segment 1:

Scientists revel in breakthroughs and hard research, but they often have trouble or even a fear of translating the data into a storyline that anyone can follow. Scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson argues scientists need to learn how to transform research into narrative in order to engage the general public in discoveries. On Wednesday, we’ll talk about how storytelling makes science relevant.


  • Randy Olson


Olson presents “Storytelling: Clear Proof Scientists Descended from Humans” Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., The City Library, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City. Olson is the first in the Natural History Museum of Utah’s Nature of Things lecture series .  The event is free and open to the public. KCPW will air the lecture live.



Segment 2:

It’s been 12 years since the Junior League of Salt Lake City published a cookbook, but a new edition has finally arrived. We’ll talk about the collaborative effort and how the recipes reflect changes in Utah cuisine over the years.


  • Jennifer Kelsey, president, Junior League of Salt Lake City
  • Heidi Makowski, committee director

A launch party  for the Junior League of Salt Lake City’s newest cookbook, “Salt to Honey: Recipes for Great Gatherings,” will take place at the Natural History Museum of Utah Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.

City Views
City Views was a daily public affairs program that ran on KCPW from 2011 to 2013. It was hosted by Jennifer Napier-Pearce, who later went on launch and host "Behind the Headlines," the weekly news roundup from KCPW and The Salt Lake Tribune. The show featured news reports and interviews with policymakers, local newsmakers and
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    This discussion is very fascinating and of course it is neither black nor white. But the guest has a good point about science instruction. When Mr. Olson was talking about climate change I was reminded of an episode of This American Life that was on just a couple of weeks ago (#424 act 2 entitled Climate Changes, People Don’t). and how the scientist was presenting stats about climate change to a young woman who in the end just doesn’t buy it. Great show. Scientists need to get the message and find ways to get this across.

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