In a Perfect Policy is a podcast created by the students of University of Wisconsin’s Catalysts for Science Policy. In this podcast we discuss current science policy issues with experts and enthusiasts to understand how policy can shape a better world.

Episode 6: Evidence based policy on controversial issues

This science policy panel pulled from CaSP’s Adult Swim: Science Fair held on July 9th, 2020 consisting of Dr. Jo Handelsman and Kate Austin Stanford focuses on how to use science to craft evidenced-based policy. They discuss the challenges in this work, how science can help solve critical issues in our community, and also provide excitement to get involved in local policy. Their conversation touches on COVID-19, science policy within Wisconsin, and the role of the US within the global scientific community. 

Released: August 17, 2020

Episode 5: Prisons and policies in a pandemic

In this episode, In a Perfect Policy explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on prisons. Caitlin Warlick-Short interviews Elina Kostyanovskaya (University of California, San Francisco), Antara Rao (University of California, San Francisco), Thomas Pospiech (University of Michigan), and Jack Stevenson (University of California, San Francisco) about how they launched an effort to get hand sanitizer to prisons and jails to combat the spread of COVID-19. You can donate to this effort here

For a more in-depth discussion on the impacts on the pandemic on prisons, we recommend this episode from the Geripal podcast featuring Dr. Brie Williams, activist Adnan Khan and musician Eric Maserati-E Abercrombie. For National Science Policy members  interested in addressing needs in their community related to COVID-19, the National Science Policy Network is offering a grant opportunity with the COVID-19 Response Fund.

 In a Perfect Policy is supported by funding from the National Science Policy Network. Editing by Maia Gumnit, Chris Unterberger, and Jenny Bratburd. Music by John Leja

Released: August 7, 2020

Episode 4: Keeping up with Coronavirus

In this episode, Wisconsin State Laboratory bioinformatician Kelsey Florek and In a Perfect Policy Host Jenny Bratburd discuss coronavirus (COVID-19), including the challenges in massively scaling up testing, the role of genomics in the pandemic, using new technologies for tracking the virus and more!

You can find Kelsey on Twitter @kelsey_florek, up-to-date information on coronavirus tracking with Next Strain here, and a crowdsourced scientist-led volunteer effort to answer any questions related to COVID-19 here!

Released: April 25, 2020

Episode 3: Electing Scientists

In this episode of In a Perfect Policy, hosts Jenny Bratburd and Kevin Lauterjung discuss scientists in politics with Shaughnessy Naughton, founder of 314 Action, an organization dedicated to electing more members of STEM into office. 

Released: April 1, 2020

Episode 2: Ideas across the National Science Policy Network

In a Perfect Policy Episode 2: Ideas Across the National Science Policy Network.  We interviewed 11 students and early-career science policy professionals at the National Science Policy Network’s Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin on November 2, 2019 to hear their ideas of a perfect policy. This episode is packed with diverse issues: evidence based policies, indigenous STEM education, nuclear energy, nuclear treaties, vaccination policies, post-harvest food loss, how students can bring science to societies, and more!
Order of interviews: Michael Bellecourt @mjbellecourt, Katie Mummah @nuclearkatie, Daniel Puentes @NuclearPuentes, Vania Lopez, Noah Horan @builttheark, Luz M. Cumbia García @lmilbeth, Gurnimrat Sidhu @NimuSidhu, Ben Rush @RushScience, Avital Percher @AvitalPercher, Dylan Verden, Edna Chiang @EdnaChiang
Released: March 2, 2020

Episode 1: Diversity in STEM

In this first episode we talk about diversity and underrepresented minorities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, with two phenomenal guests: 1) Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, former science advisor to President Barack Obama, contributor to the field of microbiology, and advocate against gender bias in STEM; 2) Derrick Smith, Director of Development at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and founding member of 100 Black Men of Madison, a mentoring organization for disadvantaged youth. We also feature special guest PhD candidate and role model for young girls in STEM, Tiaira Porter!

Released: Sept. 30th, 2019.