People’s Science Podcast Series


People’s Science interviews researchers and scientists of color from a variety of disciplines about the importance of their work and how systems of inequity have impacted their fields through a lens of social and environmental justice, especially considering the racial justice movement happening today.


Episode One: Mae-Ling Lokko
This interview features Mae-Ling Lokko, an architectural scientist and building technology researcher at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Episode Two: Dr. Sarah Gaither
Episode 2 of People’s Science features Dr. Sarah Gaither, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.

Episode Three: Dr. Anne-Maria Makhulu
Episode 3 of People’s Science features Dr. Anne-Maria Makhulu, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Episode Four: Dr. Christine Folch
Episode 4 of People’s Science features Dr. Christine Folch, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.

Episode Five: Dr. Jennifer Rico-Varela
Episode 5 of People’s Science features Dr. Jennifer Rico-Varela, a biological engineer.

Episode Eleven: Dr. 
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Erin Blanding is a sophomore Benjamin N. Duke scholar at Duke University from Indian Trail, North Carolina. She loves social media and journalism, and is also interested in a broad range of STEM fields.

Erin is in charge of producing People’s Science with Kathy High, Professor of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, project coordinator of NATURE Lab, and member of The Sanctuary’s Board of Directors. The goal of Erin’s bucket is to interview a wide variety of scientists and researchers of color, ranging from experts in education to architectural scientists about the importance of their work. Erin also helps with the Hudson Mohawk magazine by script writing and hosting the radio show, and is a graphic designer for The Sanctuary’s social media accounts.

Read more about Erin and her work here.

Kathy High is an artist / educator who collaborates with scientists and other researchers, and considers living systems, animal sentience, and ethical dilemmas of biotechnology and medical industries. High is Professor and Head of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.  She is also on the board of directors of The Sanctuary for Independent Media and is the NATURE Lab coordinator.

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