Phil Plait on Point of Inquiry

By Chris Mooney | July 16, 2010 3:48 pm

The show just went up, and he’s my latest guest. Here’s the write-up:

Our guest this week needs no introduction for those in the skeptical and secular world. After all, he has a frakkin’ asteroid named after him.

He’s Phil Plait—science blogger extraordinaire for Discover Blogs, where he authors “Bad Astronomy.” Recently, Plait joined Point of Inquiry for a wide ranging conversation about standing eggs on end, Apollo moon landing deniers, wacky yet endearing Hollywood bad science, something called “spaghettification,” … and the end of the world.

Phil Plait is a skeptic and an astronomer, and former president of the James Randi Educational Foundation. He lectures widely across the country and is the author of two books, most recently Death from the Skies: These Are the Ways the World Will End.

Check the show out here, and stream it here….

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Comments (3)

  1. DarronS

    Listened to the show a couple of hours ago. Good, job, Chris. As a recovering journalist I have to say I’m a bit jealous, though. Phil sounded like quite an easy interview. Gotta love it when you ask one question and the interviewee goes off on an entertaining two-minute monologue.

    Keep up the good work on PoI.

  2. Jackson

    Good interview – but why not link to Phil’s site and/or get him to link to yours?

    (example- the evil alien discussion)
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/04/26/in-which-i-disagree-with-stephen-hawking/

    (160 comments on Phil’s discussion of the topic — this was really in the news back then)

  3. Chris Mooney

    Hey guys…sorry. No intentional omission on linking.

    Bad astronomy is here

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/

    Darron–yes, an easy interview. The art of creating a good podcast, I’m learning, is finding the right guest.

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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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