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Hope Jahren: 'Don't Let Anybody Tell You How To Do Your Job'

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The life of a female scientist can be lonely, geobiologist Hope Jahren told us today. "A life in science really separates you from other women," she said at the top of our conversation with her.

So we're grateful we air in so many public media markets with institutions of higher learning at their heart, because our callers — many of them women in science — spoke to Jahren on their own search for connection and meaning in work.

Among the highlights? Caller Sarah in Boston — a young astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, by her own words — who thanked Jahren for her empathy, her scientific example and her pieces in the New York Times on science's sexual assault problem and the issue of unwanted emotional attached in professional space.

"You are worth something. You remember that," Jahren told Sarah.

"It's all in you. Just hold on to that. Don't let anyone tell you how to do your job. You know how to do it."

Hear the whole interview here.

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