Estudio Javier Jaén
National Geographic
To challenge misguided beliefs about science, try satire. Climate change, gene editing, and vaccines aren’t laughing matters—but joking about them on TV can change minds, research shows. “At its best, late-night satire encourages viewers not only to follow science but also to think critically about it,” say two researchers who study satirical humor’s effect on viewers’ opinions. Art direction by Nicole Thompson