Science, Technology, and Society Class Collaborates with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility to Produce Podcasts


IAS faculty member Shannon Cram's Science, Technology, and Society class collaborated with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility to create podcasts for its series, Down by the River: Stories of Hanford.

Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation produced weapons-grade plutonium for more than forty years and is now the site of the world's largest and most expensive environmental cleanup.  In developing podcasts about Hanford's complex histories and challenges, students interviewed current and retired Hanford workers, government representatives, public interest groups, downwinders, and others.  Based on their research, they wrote, recorded, and edited stories about Hanford from multiple perspectives.  The result is two podcast episodes in the Down by the River series entitled, "Episode Four: Hanford: Blurring the Line Between Science and Science Fiction" (student work is in the second half of this episode) and "Episode Five: Concerns of Future Generations."

Down by the River: Stories of Hanford is available for download and streaming on  iTunes, Soundcloud, or Youtube (search for Down By the River podcast), or by visiting WA Physicians for Social Responsibility's website.

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