John Holdren: on bridging two cultures

In President Obama’s first Inaugural Address, he pledged to “restore science to its rightful place.” Integral to that promise was Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP). The Science Soapbox team has long been eager to chat with Dr. Holdren about the role he played in the Obama administration, so we were thrilled to travel up to the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy, where Dr. Holdren is now a professor. In this interview, Dr. Holdren shares his early inspiration for working at the intersection of science and society, his experiences serving President Obama, and his concerns around the current administration’s treatment of science.

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This episode was recorded on June 27, 2017 at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Special thanks to Patricia McLaughlin for arranging the interview and to Visager for music. Photo from NASA HQ

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