Science Friday Initiative, Inc.

To support Science Friday, focusing on science and the arts, including radio broadcasts, digital science videos, blog posts, and associated media

  • Amount $684,117
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Ira Flatow
  • Year 2013
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Radio

Funds from this grant provide three years of continued operational and programming support to Science Friday, the only regular weekly slot on public radio—two hours long—devoted to all things science. Reaching more than two million people each week via his radio show, podcasts, blogs, online videos, mobile apps, and social media, award-winning host Ira Flatow targets the fertile intersection between science and the arts and has made the show a magnet for filmmakers, playwrights, authors, musicians, sculptors, painters, and digital artists who engage with science. In addition to providing operational support, funds support several new initiatives, including collaborative (audience) art projects, a Science Friday book club, a film viewing and discussion series, an artist of the month spotlight, and an annual remote broadcast about science and the arts produced in conjunction with the Foundation-supported Science and Entertainment Exchange.

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