Talkhouse Presents: Sing for Science

A new podcast where musicians talk to scientists about science as it connects to their most famous songs.

Sing For Science is a science advocacy and music podcast where musicians talk to scientists about science as it connects to their most famous songs. Created and hosted by New York musician, Matt Whyte, the podcast’s goal is to increase science literacy for as many people as possible by reaching a variety of different musicians’ fan bases. Listeners come to the show through their love of music and leave with a new piece of knowledge about science and the scientific process. Science literacy and respect for expertise are perhaps more vital now than ever before. The show’s chief tenet is that a more science and scientific process literate society can only contribute towards greater support for more fair, evidence-based policy in government.

The concept behind the show’s format is that we use a song’s lyrical content as a launching pad for the musician to have a conversation with a relevant scientist. Each show begins with a brief cold open from the guest scientist relevant to the topic, followed by 15 seconds of the guest musician’s featured song and then an introduction by the host about the show, episode topic, and the episode’s guests. The conversational starting point for each show begins between the host and guest musician talking about the featured song from any number of different angles and then branches out to include the guest scientist. Once the guest scientist has been brought into the fold, the show focuses on communicating knowledge specific to the scientist’s area of expertise and often relevant calls to action as well. 



Sing For Science episodes:

“A Family of Trees”MGMT and forestry scientist Dr. Suzanne Simard discuss the Science of Tree Networks

“Don’t Know Why”Norah Jones and science activist Shawn Otto discuss the importance of Skepticism and Inquiry in making Public Policy

“The Rivers Between Us” – Nashville actress Connie Britton and rivers expert Paul Gallay discuss the Science of River Conservation

“Ave Maria” – Opera soprano Renee Fleming and neuroscientist Dr. Bin Hu discuss the Healing Power of Music on Brain Disorders

“Chamber of Reflection”Mac DeMarco and acoustician Russ Berger discuss the Physics of Acoustics

“Cult of Personality”Living Colour and fascism scholar Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat discuss the psychology and dynamics of tyranny

“Together”Aluna George and trained facilitator Priya Parker discuss the Science of Gathering

“Attack of Panic”Aly & AJ and neuroscientist Dr. Joseph LeDoux discuss the Science of Panic Disorders

“Peter Piper”DMC and folklorist Dr. Jennifer Schacker discuss the intricacies of folklore and nursery rhymes

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