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Blue Dot 241: The Problem With Climate Change Education in the U.S. -- A Conversation with Katie Worth

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As a former classroom science teacher, Dave knows all too well that climate change education is a tough nut to crack in the U.S. K-12 school system. He is joined by award-winning investigative journalist Katie Worth (PBS Frontline) to talk about her in-depth look at this issue in her new book Miseducation: How Climate Change is Taught in America.

Whether it is taught poorly, not at all, or at times presented as a 50-50 debate issue, there are many examples of how the politicization of climate change and the disinformation campaign surrounding it has been going on for decades has seeped into the educational system.

Fortunately, Worth also found many heroic teachers in her trips across America that are doing an amazing job of teaching this very important subject that will assuredly be impacting their students' lives now and into the future.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.