In this week before the election we’re rolling out a special series of short podcasts in which we’ll look at how the election could affect some major areas of science. To set up what you’ll hear the rest of the week I spoke to Scientific American’s editor-in-chief, Laura Helmuth. And some of the biggest issues that will be decided by this election have to do with science and health and the environment and our future energy structure and climate change. We are just laying out the terms of what the stakes are for these scientific areas in this election. SM: And when we say to the inevitable audience member who just doesn't want to hear about politics, when they come to a science venue?