New Point of Inquiry with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Communicating Science

By Chris Mooney | March 1, 2011 8:18 am

The episode is now up and you can listen to it here. Here’s the write up:

Our guest this week needs little introduction—he may be our most famous public communicator of science.

He’s Neil DeGrasse Tyson, renowned American astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and the host of PBS’s NOVA ScienceNow, which just completed a new six part season.

Tyson is also the author of 9 books, most recently Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet.

In this double length episode, Tyson discusses a wide range of topics: the just finished 2011 season of ScienceNow; how to restore a science “Zeitgeist” in our culture; Bill O’Reilly’s recent foot-in-mouth comments about how the world works; this million-view YouTube clip of Tyson and Richard Dawkins; and much more.

Again, you can listen to the show here. I’m going to be blogging about it throughout the week.


Comments (2)

  1. If you still haven’t gotten enough of Neil DeGrasse Tyson with Chris’ excellent POI interview, This Week in Science covered science, science education, evolution, media,and space with Dr. DeGrasse Tyson way back in 2009:

    The interview begins halfway through the media file, so you will have to fast-forward a bit.

  2. TB

    Tyson and Nova are two reasons why I donate to my local PBS station. If you haven’t given lately, this is a good opportunity…


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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 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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