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I am a lecturer, a Columbia University professor and a journalist who often does interviews.

You may know my interviews from the Tuesday Science section of the New York Times where I write and produce the “Conversation with…” feature AND FROM THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, THE DAILY,  WHERE I WRITE A MONTHLY INTERVIEW FEATURE. 

Over the years, I’ve contributed interviews and articles to the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Atlantic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia Magazine, Smithsonian, Newsweek and AARP-The Magazine.  Long ago, way in an earlier century, I was one of the Playboy Interviewers.

My sixth book, a collaboration with the political scientist, Andrew Hacker, was a critical look at our nation's colleges and universities and was one of the most widely reviewed non-fiction works of 2010.   

I also consult with organizations and educational institutions, organizing one day workshops aimed at improving science communication.


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92ND ST. Y SCIENCE TALKS

E.O. Wilson and Paul Simon in Conversation: Life, Creativity and the Future of the Planet

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Photo: Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

Photo: Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

A conversation with:

CAROLINE ELTON HELPS DOCTORS HEAL THEMSELVES

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Image: Phil Penman

Image: Phil Penman

The New York Review of Books:

‘The Joy of the Discovery’: An Interview with Jennifer Doudna

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Image: Kai T. Dragland / NTNU via Flickr

Image: Kai T. Dragland / NTNU via Flickr

UNDARK.org:

An Evangelist for Climate Science: Five Questions for Katharine Hayhoe

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Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times

Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times

The New York Review of Books:

‘Bless Nixon for Those Tapes’: An Interview with John Dean

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Photo: Phil Penman

Photo: Phil Penman

The New York Review of Books:

THE GUY WHO WOULDN’T WRITE A HIT: AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID SIMON

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Photo: Joshua Bright for The New York Times

Photo: Joshua Bright for The New York Times

A conversation with:

Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards

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Photo: Phil Penman

Photo: Phil Penman

The New York Review of Books:

‘Drawing Is Always a Struggle’: An Interview with Art Spiegelman

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Photo: Annie Tritt for The New York Times

Photo: Annie Tritt for The New York Times

Asked About Retiring, They Have a Simple Answer: Why?

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SciTech Now Episode 338

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Sean McCabe; photograph by Abe Frajndlich

Sean McCabe; photograph by Abe Frajndlich

Life and the Cosmos, Word by Painstaking Word
Stephen Hawking Speaks

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Photo: Rick Wiling/Reuters

Photo: Rick Wiling/Reuters

Nobel Winning Scientists
Reflect on Nearly Sleeping
Through the Life-Changing Call

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