A group of science advocates say the American president should have the basic scientific know-how to understand policy challenges, evaluate options, and devise solutions. Ira Flatow and guests discuss how a presidential science debate can help voters decide if a candidate is up for the job.
Shawn Lawrence Otto is chair of ScienceDebate.org and author of The War On Science. He is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
John Allen Paulos is a Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. He’s based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Vernon Ehlers is a physicist and former U.S. Representative (R- Mich.). He’s based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.