In an ideal world, science and politics would be kept distinctly separate, much as we try to with church and state. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, the intersection of politics and science can be bizarre, filled with vague agendas, exchanges of money, and other things you don't want anywhere near a scientist who is striving for objectivity. Throw in some debates on evolution, and you have a media firestorm. These will be the topics of conversation for MPR's latest installment of Bright Ideas. During this hour-long talk, host Stephen Smith will chat with PZ Myers, author of the immensely popular science blog Pharyngula, where the associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, explores subjects ranging from the opinions of Stephen Hawking to atheism in the media to inaccuracies in creationism arguments to octopus-inspired art (or cephalart, as he calls it). Be prepared for rational thoughts on often-crazy discourses. This event is free, but reservations are required.... More >>>