When you have a few minutes, take a listen…this story is FOR SURE worth your time.
This is how we learn. There is a story that grabs us, and then the facts, and the data behind it. And thus, the lesson. Very cool.￼￼￼
From the intro on the NPR Short Wave website, it reads:
“In 2015, Steffanie Strathdee’s husband nearly died from a superbug, an antibiotic resistant bacteria he contracted in Egypt. Desperate to save him, she reached out to the scientific community for help. What she got back? A 100-year-old treatment that’s considered experimental in the U.S. Strathdee, an infectious disease epidemiologist, tells us how it works, its drawbacks, and its potential role in our fight against superbugs.
“Stories are a mechanism that human beings have evolved to package information, explain who we are, how we survived, how we have coped, sometimes succeeded, sometimes not so much. And then, [S]tories help us in sharing that information across time and space.” Liz Neeley, from the Story Collider.
One note, thought on the ethics of storytelling. The storyteller should respect the agency of the listeners. To be ethical and truthful, the narrative, and the story overall, should represent broader truths. No outliers, please; down this path, whereby the story becomes a tool of manipulation. Not helpful. Not honest. Not welcome.
The Shortwave intro goes like this:
Storytelling can be a powerful tool to convey information, even in the world of science. It can also shift stereotypes about who scientists are. We talked to someone who knows all about this – Liz Neeley, the Executive Director of Story Collider, a nonprofit focused on telling “true, personal stories about science.”
You can tell the folks at NPR your personal science stories by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org. Plus, do some #scicomm with Maddie on Twitter — she’s @maddie_sofia.
This episode below was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.
Check out Story Collider’s website to hear the latest episodes of their podcast and see upcoming live shows.
The National Sleep Foundation defines “white noise” as that which reduces the difference between background sounds and “peak” sounds.
Whatever you call it, I love it. As a kid it was the central air system fan in our house running in the early morning. Now it’s the heater coming on at my house during the night or early morning when it’s cold.
I like music quietly playing in the background. I like the sound of the ocean waves crashing over and over at the beach. I like the sound of rain.
Even now as I write this, I hear the highway traffic off in the distance. Sort of sounds like the ocean. 🙂