Oh, and Al Gore as well. Details:

This will be during the First Hour of Talk of the Nation, which here in the Midwest will start at 1:00, I think.

To blurbs:

Filmmaker-turned-scientist Randy Olson will be on NPR’s Talk of the Nation TODAY shortly after Al Gore in a segment they are doing about communicating global warming.

This is in anticipation of the World Premiere of his new film, “Sizzle: A global warming comedy” this Saturday, July 19 in the Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and on the east coast next Saturday, July 26 at the Woods Hole Film Festival.

Tune in!

Al Gore headlines our first hour, a discussion on what this moment means to the struggle for the environment. With gas prices through the roof (that’s not a scientific measure, so don’t quote me, but when I filled the tank of my economical car and it cost almost $50 I may have smacked the roof of the car in frustration…), environmentalists, including Mr. Gore himself, are hoping people are finally ready to listen to their alternative energy message. We’ve also got some folks who are trying to present the message in a different way, namely Matt Williams and Mike Hughes, the guys behind the “We Can Solve It” ads, and Randy Olson, who’s got a new documentary called Sizzle. We’ll end the hour with Warren Zinn, who took an iconic photograph of a soldier who later committed suicide.


  1. #1 Greg Laden
    July 17, 2008

    I don’t know the schedule for this but I’ll note it as soon as I do. If anyone else knows let us know, please.

  2. #2 mlf
    July 17, 2008

    on right now on the east coast

  3. #3 Zach Miller
    July 17, 2008

    It was bad. “Scientists have no sense of humor.” Apparently they were concerned about whether the person onscreen was an expert or an actor. GASP.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    July 17, 2008

    Has not arrived in the midwest yet.

  5. #5 Stephanie Z
    July 17, 2008

    Not a question of not arriving. Friday is the only day that MPR broadcasts both hours. So the Gore hour should have run here from 1-2. The Olson hour won’t run here at all. Audio should be available here in a couple hours:


  6. #6 Greg Laden
    July 17, 2008

    The midwest always gets gipped

  7. #7 Stephanie Z
    July 17, 2008

    Greg, did you have a specific purpose behind using a word here (gipped or gypped) with an origin in ethnic stereotyping?

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    July 17, 2008

    Right. I”m an insensitive gypsy hating bastard.

    Any takers?

    But seriously, you know, I learned that “gipped” was based on Gypsy very recently. Then forgot. Then learned it again just now.

  9. #9 Stephanie Z
    July 17, 2008

    Yeah. I figured it was something like that. Thought I’d ask.

  10. #10 wazza
    July 17, 2008

    hey, my entire race is named for a racial slur (Pakeha)

    Also, how dare they say scientists have no sense of humour? The reason I started out studying biotechnology (I flunked, but it’s the thought that counts) was so I could have a door covered in Gary Larsen without anyone thinking I was strange. Helping cure cancer would be nice, too, but mostly, I wanted an Igor.