Undercurrents: Public science during COVID-19, and protecting women journalists

What can we learn from public debates around the science of the pandemic? And how can we respond to the challenges facing women in journalism?

Audio Updated 7 April 2021 Published 1 April 2021 62 minute listen

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed much about how politicians, media and the wider public understand science. Ben is joined by Angela Saini to explore how science literacy can be improved. They also discuss how faulty science has contributed to the culture of systemic racism revealed by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Then Mariana speaks to Kiran Nazish from the Coalition for Women in Journalism about the experiences of women journalists on the frontlines of conflicts and upheaval. They discuss what measures are needed to support women in a profession which so often puts their rights and physical safety at risk.