Podcast #43 – Phil Plait

We interview Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy blogger, new president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, booster for the International Year of Astronomy, and author of the pop-science book Death from the Skies. Yes, he is busy.  [Late-breaking news: Bad Astronomy was just named as one of the Top 25 blogs in the world by Time magazine!]

You can read our review of Death from the Skies here.  You can buy your very own copy at Amazon.com or (if you live in the United Kingdom) at Amazon.co.uk.

Also discussed:

DARWIN DAY 2009 - Metro Atlanta’s DD celebration at Decatur’s Thinking Man Tavern saw a much larger than expected turn-out, with as many as 60 science buffs turning out to wish Charles Darwin a Happy 200th Birthday.

EVOLUTION WEEKEND 2009 – Believe it or not, a number of churches and synagogues nationwide contributed to the discussion of the relationship between science and faith.  It’s an encouraging development, but… good luck on that one.

HAPPY (BELATED) VALENTINE’S DAY – Except in India, where Hindu hardliners called the Sri Rama Sena do battle with the Consortium of Pubgoing, Loose and Forward Women.  We kid you not.

For astronomy lovers, David recommends the podcast lectures by Ohio State University’s Professor Richard Pogge, as well as George Hrab’s new video for the song “Far,” which is the theme song for the International Year of Astronomy’s 365 Days of Astronomy podcast.


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Recorded February 16, 2009.  Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.

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