The National Academies Podcast the Alarm

A new report from the National Academies, reported in the NYT today (registration required), should reinforce concerns that a lot of people in the CTWatch community have about the need for change in current government policy. It sounds a loud alarm about the erosion of American economic competitiveness in the face of economic globalization, inadequate investment in research and education in science and engineering, and the need for policy reform in areas such as patent law. Along with the standard press release, you can stream or download the hour long briefing (requires RealPlayer) that accompanied the release of the report. The presidents of the National Academies are all on hand for the event, and Norman Augustine, Craig Barret, and Roy Vagelous, who were all on the committee that developed the report, provide the briefing and take questions from the audience. There’s some good Q&A. The report has now been Slashdotted as well.

Strictly speaking, this is not a real podcast, but it’s only a step away. If this is a sample, I think a regular podcast from the National Academies would be relatively inexpensive to produce and a real benefit to the community.

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