The Intersection

Got some news, folks: I’m going to be on NPR’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow, this Friday, from 3:15 to 4:00 ET, debating Tom Bethell about the politics of science. If you want to call in, the number is (800) 989-8255. It’s not up on the website yet that this is happening but I can confirm it. The show’s website, incidentally, is here.

Meanwhile, in advance of the paperback release, we’ve set up a lot of new book tour dates in September. I’m going back to the West Coast (San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle), but also to a number of places where I’ve never given talks before (Madison, Tempe, Albuquerque, Santa Fe). Detailed info here. Hope to see some of you this fall….


  1. #1 Gerry L
    June 14, 2006

    Hey! You’ll be in Portland on my birthday. Maybe I’ll come to Powell’s and bring some cake to share. (But I’ve already read your book.)

  2. #2 Abel Pharmboy
    June 14, 2006

    Congratulations, Chris – looking forward to hearing you! BTW, if you’re not coming to our town but we know of good places that routinely book high-profile authors, how do I best direct these folks to contact your agent and/or publisher?

  3. #3 Chris Mooney
    June 14, 2006

    Emailing me should be fine….

    That’s no excuse not to check out the revised paperback!

  4. #4 Gerard Harbison
    June 14, 2006

    It’s surprisingly difficult to debate goons like Bethel. They’ve usually managed to condense their idiocy into soundbites, and trying to logically refute the soundbites takes too much time. Get five really stupid things Bethel said in his book (choosing may be hard) and hammer on them, saying their just typical of the anti science mentality of the current Republican party.

    But you knew that 🙂

  5. #5 Linkmeister
    June 14, 2006

    I think Honolulu should be on the tour list.

  6. #6 Laurence Jewett
    June 14, 2006

    NPR has become completely obsessed with “balance”, even on science issues.

    In recent years, it has come to trump everything else — particularly reality.

    It’s “Dueling think tanks” taken to the extreme.

    It’s entertaining sometimes, but not very useful from the standpoint of getting real information.

  7. #7 John Thomas
    June 14, 2006

    Give ‘en Hell, Chris!
    In the meantime, though, why can’t you manage some talk time here in Sonoma County, CA? It’s true that our bookstores are hopelessly lame but there’s a real University here, and Phil Plait works for it (and also Peter Philips of “Censored!” fame;) and I suspect you could get a sizeable audience at Sonoma State if your scheduler could find a way to arrange it. This was the second stop on Greg Palast’s book tour last week and he filled the hall.

  8. #8 Inoculated Mind
    June 14, 2006

    AWESOME! You should play for keeps. Blow Bethel out of the water – liberal plot indeed.

  9. #9 Chris Mooney
    June 15, 2006

    Wouldn’t mind doing Sonoma sometime, might be hard to fit it in this Sept though…

  10. #10 Inoculated Mind
    June 15, 2006

    If you came to Sonoma County, that would be great! I’m from there, and currently live nearby in Davis. I’d love to interview you on my radio show. It’s the other science show in town. (You were interviewed on TWIS last year) Plus I couldn’t make it to Yearly KOS and I’ve got a book by some looney named Mooney that needs a scribble!

  11. #11 Chris Mooney
    June 15, 2006

    Well, folks, what’s the best venue in Sonoma County? I could pass it on to the publisher and see if I can make a stop.

  12. #12 John Thomas
    June 15, 2006

    Apart from Sonoma State, Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, a town with an active liberal base (a “Progressive Festival” with leftist speakers and organizations is held there every year,) might be your best venue. The Copperfield’s stores in Sebastopol or Santa Rosa are also possibilities, but their author evenings tend to feature newage mush.

  13. #13 Chris Mooney
    June 15, 2006

    Thanks for your suggestions. Sending these on.

  14. #14 Abel Pharmboy
    June 16, 2006

    Chris, I’m working on a gig for you in the scientifically-dense Triangle where I’m sure you will be widely-heralded. I’ll let you and Tim Brazier know the contacts via e-mail. You guys should also try to get to Denver’s Tattered Cover before Ewen Callaway of Complex Medium leaves for grad school. Ewen is a producer for Here on Earth at KGNU in Boulder and just had a great interview with Michael Pollan.

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