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Bill Nye on what science knowledge is worth

Jenny Ament Sep 18, 2015
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We saw numbers this week from the Pew Research Center that made us wish we’d paid closer attention in science class.

The Pew Research Center recently surveyed 3,278 adults in the U.S to find out how much we know, or don’t know, about science. You can take the interactive quiz here.

We at Marketplace Weekend conducted our own unofficial survey by taking a few of the questions in the quiz and randomly asking strangers on the streets of Downtown L.A. One of the questions:

Which kind of waves are used to make and receive cellphone calls?

Do you know the answer? Lizzie O’Leary talks about why this knowledge is important with Bill Nye. He’s a science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist and former mechanical engineer, best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children’s science show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” 

If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air.  But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.

Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.

When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.