President Obama's Science spending

February, 2010
National Public Radio

The president's proposed budget was unveiled this month. How did science make out? This NPR "Talk of the Nation" podcast looks at the budgets of the major U.S. scientific institutions. How are research, alternative energy development and space travel affected? And will Congress sign on?


Thomas Kalil,
deputy director for policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Mervis, deputy news editor, Science Magazine, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.

Dan Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy; department of nuclear engineering, co-director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment; founding director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.

Andrew Chaikin, author, A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, Boston, Mass.

Marcia Smith, founder and editor,, president, Space and Technology Policy Group, Arlington, Va.