Is the “anti-science movement” gaining ground in America? Thousands of science defenders gathered in more than 175 cities throughout the country and the world, including here in Chicago, on April 14 for March for Science events. The marches were held in response to President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to national science organizations and research. In late March, however, Trump surprised many by reversing his administration’s earlier plans, signing into law a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that will benefit federal science agencies through the end of September.

Joining today’s podcast are Jeff Terry, professor of physics at Illinois Tech’s College of Science, and J. D. Trout, the Mae and John Calamos Professor of Philosophy in Illinois Tech’s Lewis College of Human Sciences.