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Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 139: How Should Pinoys Talk About Typhoons To Save More Lives?

This episode of Ask Theory was made possible through a collaboration with Reporting ASEAN as part of its Sustainability Series.

In this special episode, FlipScience EIC and Ask Theory host Mikael Angelo Francisco spoke to Dr. Gerry Bagtasa, a professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and Dr. Bernard Alan “BA” Racoma, an instructor at IESM.

They talked about the behavior of tropical cyclones over the past 25 years, how tropical cyclones have affected the Philippines, the lessons we can apply to living with typhoons in the climate emergency, what needs to change about how we discuss the risks of tropical cyclones (including in the news), and more.

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