Episode Archive for January 2012

Brian Malow - The Science Comedian

January 30, 2012

Earlier this month, Point of Inquiry host Chris Mooney attended Science Online, the premiere science blogging conference, in the research triangle area.

There were many science aficionados, communicators, and wonks present, but Chris found himself hanging out a lot with Brian Malow—aka, the Science Comedian.

And get this—Malow lived up to his name. He was pretty funny.  Chris decided he had to get him on air.

Now, obviously, we couldn’t have Malow do stand up for this program. Instead, Chris had to try to… draw humor out of him. And in the…

Eugenie Scott - Defending Climate Education

January 16, 2012

Eugenie Scott is no stranger to Point of Inquiry, or to the secular community. Her endless travails to defend the teaching of evolution have won her immense respect.

And that’s why, when Scott and her National Center for Science Education take on a new initiative, everybody listens. So for this Point of Inquiry episode, we invited Eugenie to break some news about why she is venturing into a very new and very challenging area—defending the teaching of accurate climate change science in schools from a mounting ideological assault—and how you can help her out.


Brian Greene - The Fabric of the Cosmos

January 02, 2012

It’s the beginning of a new year here at Point of Inquiry, and we’ve got a pretty good guest to kick it off.

He needs no introduction. He’s Brian Greene—celebrity physicist, bestselling author, television star and all around science communication maestro.

Officially: Greene is co-founder and director of Columbia University’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics, author of the bestselling books The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, and co-founder of the World Science Festival. 

We caught up with Greene to discuss the recently aired four part NOVA special based…