Promoting a Culture of Science in the United States

Monday, June 18, 2012

John Hockenberry sits down with MIT President Dr. Susan Hockfield. John Hockenberry sits down with MIT President Dr. Susan Hockfield. (MIT)

There are many stereotypes associated with the sciences, including the ideas that scientific fields are out-of-reach, too intellectual, or exclusively for men and academia.

Today, Susan Hockfield, outgoing president of M.I.T., discusses these problems and says that the United States must create a culture of the sciences in order to generate interest in the masses. She also urges women to pursue careers in engineering and science and discusses the United States' approach to stem cell research.



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Guest 1:              Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of the book ,The Rise of Marco Rubio, and reporter at the Washington Post




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Guest:  Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of the book ,The Rise of Marco Rubio, and reporter at the Washington Post








Marco Rubio, the young Cuban-American Republican senator from Florida, is the current darling of the GOP.


Hailed as the next Ronald Regan, and as a possible savior of the Republican Party, Rubio has rapidly become a charismatic political force.


Manuel Roig-Franzia, in his book, The Rise of Marco Rubio, skillfully traces Rubio’s rise to prominence, starting with his Cuban American background, and ending with his election as a United States Senator.


Franzia makes a compelling case that Rubio’s knack for perfect timing, and for making smart political alliances, in combination with his incredible charisma, have helped him reach political superstardom.







          How did Rubio manage to build political momentum quickly?


In your book, you mention the importance of religion to Rubio.

à How has Rubio’s faith transformed, and how has this             affected his politics?


Rubio’s Cuban-American background is integral to his political identity.

à In what way has Rubio’s background affected his career and political choices?


Many people might assume that this Cuban-American background can help Rubio secure the Hispanic vote.

à In what way might he actually alienate the Hispanic vote, and what does this say about upcoming elections?


          One of Rubio’s key messages is that the United States must act with fiscal austerity.

          How do his campaign and personal finances contradict this message and what does that say about his image?


Rubio is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee.

à In what way would you say that he would be an effective or not effective running mate for Romney?





























The Rise of Marco Rubio by Manuel Roig-Franzia


Susan Hockfield

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione and Elena Holodny

Comments [1]


Interest in science, technology and math is not the only thing that has seriously declined over the last four decades. Interest in invention, innovation and the innovative process has now also been all but extinguished, in favor of abbreviated "tweets" and entertainment for a growing number of attention challenged and ignorant people in our society.

I predict the extinction of the independent American inventor within one to two decades. Recent changes to patent law will put the final nails in THAT coffin. It is already prohibitively expensive for young people to hope to be able to protect their intellectual and creative works, so I think many of them are just deciding not to even try anymore. Older inventors have also become so disillusioned in the innovation process that most of them just give up after a few attempts. It will soon become impossible for independent inventors to take on the big multinational corporations and win. Also, "corporate inventors" have NEVER been financially rewarded for their contributions (in proportion to corporate profits). It's still only executives at companies that get rewarded for innovations, not the "lowly innovators" themselves. That is why "corporate innovation" (with the exception maybe of Apple) is almost an oxymoron.

The new changes to patent law (which most people know nothing about) will also make it easy for others to steal inventions from smaller companies and individuals, through espionage and cyber attacks, since the first to file a patent will now win rights over the first to actually invent something - regardless of any other evidence to the contrary (short of direct proof of theft that could stand up in court).

The U.S. used to have the best system in the world for protecting creative innovations that gave rise to the greatest century of economic expansion in history (from 1850 - 1950). But now this system will be transformed into the "European way" of doing things (where individual thought doesn't count and corporations rule). So, how many European inventors do people know?

Jun. 18 2012 11:03 AM

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