16345: The Third Principle with George K. Thiruvathukal

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It’s one thing to have principles to guide the US Government in its dealing with science and technology. It’s another thing to follow them and something more to see them work. This week George K. Thiruvathukal talks about how the National Science Foundation implements the third of Vannevar Bush’s fundamental principle and suggests that, for the most part, it accomplishes what it attempts to do.

Plus our IT manager Rohit gets arrested.

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16347: Who Are These People? & What Do They Do?

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A good friend always says that solo acts don’t work, that a board is always smarter than a a CEO. In podcasts, the rule seems to be that the collective adds interests. Over the past year, we have created a staff to illustrate the main points of the podcast and identify some of the absurdities of our subject. This podcast is a brief introduction to that staff.

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16340: The Third Principle of Governments & Science – and a visit to the Duke

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The Third principle of governments and science. It is the most familiar and the least understood. Vannevar Bush argued that governments should do research by contract, not by building independent labs. We will look at that idea and ask how well it works, in application and in breech.

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16337: Governments and Innovative Technology, A Binge

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What do we expect to learn about innovation from a government? Why did we take the podcast to Washington? And why did we take an office next to the Capitol Power Plant, other than the obvious benefits that the rents are cheaper than the tonier stuff and yet we are still near the center of the action? All of this will be discussed in our binge episode, which combines three shorter pieces:

  • Who Are We and What Do We Do?
  • Open Source Discussions
  • It’s Agile but It’s Not Software

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16335: What Happens When the Bosses Are Gone?

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We know the answer to this question. You know the answer to it. You wouldn’t be looking at this page if you didn’t. The only questions are “How will the staff get themselves out of this mess?” and “How embarrassing will it be for them?” Click to find the answer.

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16330: Straddling the Divide – a Second Principle

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If you have a first principle then you have a second. This one concerns the leadership of Science Policy. We don’t require the leaders to be scientists. That would constrict our options and muddy a key idea. But we ask them to know what they are doing, something that our staff learns when the interview a candidate to be our policy director.

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16320: First Principles of Science Policy

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The first principle of science policy concerns money, though it has ramifications that are not as obvious as they might first seem. To explore the ramifications of science policy, we talk with Peggy Kidwell of the National Museum off American History and send Anna and Rohit in search of Google Server #1.

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16311: Essay Friday – Vannevar Bush & U. S. Science Policy

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This episode is a little different from our regular episodes with our regular cast. It is a short essay on Vannevar Bush, an essay about the origins of the fundamental ideas that guide how the U. S. Government deals with scientific research and scientific institutions. It is designed to give you a little deeper understanding of the relationship between science & government and to give you that understanding in just 10 minutes.

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