'Real Life' Author Brandon Taylor On Why He Left Science Brandon Taylor's story has a happy ending. Today he's a successful writer whose debut novel 'Real Life' received glowing reviews earlier this year. But his success only underscores what science lost when Brandon walked away from a graduate biochemistry program in 2016. He tells host Maddie Sofia why he left, and what he misses.

Read his essay in BuzzFeed, 'Working In Science Was A Brutal Education. That's Why I Left.'

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Science Is For Everyone. Until It's Not.

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Science Is For Everyone. Until It's Not.

Science Is For Everyone. Until It's Not.

Science Is For Everyone. Until It's Not.

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Brandon Taylor's story has a happy ending. Today he's a successful writer whose debut novel 'Real Life' received glowing reviews earlier this year. But his success only underscores what science lost when Brandon walked away from a graduate biochemistry program in 2016. He tells host Maddie Sofia why he left, and what he misses.

Read his essay in BuzzFeed, 'Working In Science Was A Brutal Education. That's Why I Left.'

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Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.

Correction April 10, 2020

An earlier version of this episode incorrectly referred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the University of Madison-Wisconsin.