The Ongoing Transformation podcastIssues has always been intensely interested in how science transforms society and how society shapes science. Now this transformation has come to Issues itself: building on decades of advances in digital technology, communications infrastructure, and public policy, we finally have a podcast. Fittingly, it’s called The Ongoing Transformation, and it allows us to talk with scientists, artists, policymakers, theorists, and other thinkers about our shared technosocial project. Listen to the first two episodes and subscribe to The Ongoing Transformation wherever you get your podcasts—or simply click on the links below.

Episode 1: Science Policymakers’ Required Reading

Mitch Ambrose and Will Thomas discuss their must-read science policy newsletter: how it comes together in real time and what it reveals about the ever-changing world of science policy itself.Read More

Episode 2: Doing Science With Everyone at the Table

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, NASA Psyche mission’s principal investigator and ASU Interplanetary Initiative vice president, talks about the limitations of “hero science,” and how she’s using a more inclusive model of collaborative team research.Read More



Can It Scale?

Discussions of food and agriculture often elicit intense emotional responses. What we eat and how we eat it depend on our background and class, along with differing ideas about animal welfare, sustainability, health, and attentiveness to climate change. Finding consensus on how to improve food systems—or even what constitutes “improvement”—is very difficult. A new book makes that lack of consensus clear.Read More

The Stakes for Science

Stark, High, and Urgent

We can see pandemics as accelerant for scientific innovation and science as solution to pandemics. Without the pandemic, certain advances in science would occur more slowly or not at all. Without science, our ability to track and suppress a pandemic, reduce its impact, and preserve lives and health would be drastically curtailed. A pandemic reveals both lessons from science and lessons for science.Read More


A More Productive Way to Spread Federal Science Funding Around

Congress now has the opportunity to implement reforms to federal science agencies that could help distribute federal research investment across a more diverse array of institutions and geographies.Read More

Decentralized Innovation

Science Policy From the Ground Up

To become the steward of a domestic R&D enterprise aimed at meeting the needs of the twenty-first century, the federal government must fundamentally re-envision its role, embracing the reality of the United States’ decentralized innovation system and taking on an updated set of responsibilities.Read More

In focus

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Reflections on a Tool of Observation

Timothy Makepeace creates photorealistic drawings of the most powerful space telescope ever built, using some of artists’ oldest tools: charcoal and pastel.Read More

A New Inquiry

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The Next 75 Years of Science and Innovation Policy

A series of ambitious, challenging, and innovative proposals on how to structure the resources of science to enable the best possible future.Read More

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