November 29th, 2017


Western States Director, Union of Concerned Scientists

Senior Writer, ESPN Investigative Unit; Co-Author, League of Denial

Director, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, UCSF


What do concussions, cigarettes and climate have in common? A common narrative. When tobacco companies started facing public scrutiny about the link between cancer and smoking the industry launched a campaign questioning the scientific evidence. One executive famously wrote, “Doubt is our product.” New evidence shows ExxonMobil and other companies used the same playbook to confuse the public about the link between burning fossil fuels and rising temperatures and rising seas. Confronted with new evidence linking repeated head trauma and brain disease, the NFL is now going down a similar path. Some of the arguments are strikingly similar - the science is unclear, more research is needed, industry is doing everything it can to solve the problem and protect people. 

Join us for a conversation about the tobacco, oil and football narratives with experts deeply involved in some of the most compelling stories of our times.