#34 The backlash against science. Alice Dreger: How Do We Fix It?

We'd like to think that science should exist outside of politics and researchers follow the truth wherever it goes.

But the ideal of rational non-ideological science is under attack at many colleges and universities, says our guest, Alice Dreger. An historian who studies human sexuality and the ethics of medical research, Alice is the author of the provocative new book, "Galileo's Middle Finger."

"I'm really looking at how activists go after scientists who have ideas that the activists don't like - usually about human identity," she tells us.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, this show includes explicit content, including a description of a sex act. But the main focus is about the threat to academic freedom.