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On Sunday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston, Indre & I recorded the latest Point of Inquiry live with a stellar guest--Steven Pinker--whose work couldn't be more timely, because it focuses on the root causes of violence and shows that actually, violence across our global society has been in [...]

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David Brin

For the latest Point of Inquiry podcast, my guest is also one of my heroes, a man whose books I read as a kid: sci-fi novelist David Brin. The interview ranged over a broad area--from Brin's latest writings, to the future of the Internet and the interstellar quest for other intelligent civilizations. The title of [...]

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The latest video from Climate Desk Live has just gone up. In it, I introduce our event from last week (on a day of unseasonably hot D.C. weather) and then we hear from Rep. Ed Markey and a distinguished panel, discussing how President Obama can fix the climate problem in the next four years. Here [...]

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Paul Krugman is Reading The Republican Brain

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Nobel laureate economist and celebrated New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is one of our chief chroniclers of the extent to which the modern right has become detached from economic, scientific, and factual reality. So it's only fitting, I guess, that he has been reading my book The Republican Brain. And how do I know that? Well, [...]

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Five Things Obama Can Do On Climate…Without Congress

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I have a big piece up at Mother Jones today. Basically, it's my report on what Obama can do on climate, most of it without any Republican cooperation whatsoever. In the course of writing it, I have to say I realized that all the chatter about a carbon tax right now is deeply misinformed, or at least [...]

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Jacques Berlinerblau

  My latest hosted episode of the podcast is now up--it's with Georgetown scholar Jacques Berlinerblau, discussing his new book How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom. Basically, Berlinerblau believes that the Christian Right has routed secularism in the U.S.--no argument there for many atheists and freethinkers. But where he goes further [...]

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Climate Change Made Sandy Worse

I've just done a Mother Jones piece to channel my frustration about how the global warming-Sandy issue is being discussed. In my view, people are making it needlessly complicated. So my piece is about how it's profoundly simple: Global warming caused sea level rise, then sea level rise increased Sandy's damage directly. Period. Case closed. And apparently that [...]

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There are only so many things you can do, prior to an election, to make a difference. My cardinal contribution, I think, was captured right here: Along with Shawn Lawrence Otto of ScienceDebate.org, I moderated a presidential science policy debate between an Obama campaign surrogate, Kevin Knobloch, and a Republican, long time Rep. and former [...]

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The latest Point of Inquiry episode just went up. It's a special episode, in which co-host Indre Viskontas and I are both in the same place (very rare) and each inteview a guest--after actually, you know, talking to each other about current events. It went great--and it doesn't hurt that our guests are superstars: The Men Who [...]

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Predicting Sandy Was Easy, if You Listen to Scientists

I had forgotten about this video until very recently. In it, I am recorded by Seed Magazine, then my employer, asking a question for the 2008 presidential candidates--and my topic is whether they're ready for a hurricane submerging much of New York City. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gngHiD-AsBw[/youtube] My precise words: "What are you going to do about the well [...]

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