Woody Guthrie


Your Profoundly Disturbing Yet Hopeful Thanksgiving Reading List on Science and Democracy

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The past two weeks have brought significant change and significant uncertainty about the future of science and democracy under a Trump administration. What will be their governing philosophy? Will they make good on candidate Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” and reduce the influence of corporate lobbyists in Washington? What lessons can we draw from history in the new political era? Read more >

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In “I’m Gonna Be an Engineer,” Peggy and Pete Seeger Talk Women in Science

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Tuesday is the anniversary of the death of legendary folk singer and rabble-rouser Pete Seeger, and over the weekend I pulled out my banjo to go over some of the lesser-known songs he once sang. Pete Seeger’s half sister Peggy is a folk musician in her own right, and one of her gems looks at what discourages women from becoming scientists and engineers. Read more >

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Woody Guthrie’s Birthday and the War on Cynicism

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

In our fight for a better quality of life for all Americans, we need storytellers. We need to reach people through personal anecdotes, through editorial cartoons, through songs. We need to arm people with narratives of what is possible, so that together we may be successful in spurning the cynicism that supports the status quo and disillusions the disempowered. And few have done this better than the man who would have turned 100 years old tomorrow: songwriter and American folk hero Woody Guthrie.

But what do Woody’s writings have to do with science? As it turns out, plenty. Read more >

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