|Tonight on TDS, Dan Rather, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News; and on TCR, Alan Alda, Center for Communicating Science's The Flame Challenge.|
Dan Rather (with "contributor" Digby Diehl) has a book out -- Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News. There are various reviews up at Amazon & B&N. Amused me that the Publisher's Weekly review-slash-PR piece points out that Rather writes "with his usual conversational writing style", since that's probably how Diehl got the material with which to write the book, but as usual I liked Kirkus best:
A renowned journalist settles scores in this investigation of how the news media has become dangerously intertwined with politics and corporate interests.Didn't take me long to give up on the google search (favorite title: F.A.Q.: Why is Dan Rather's new book so depressing?), but then, I never liked him much (either). I've got a handful of links for you if you want them, though.
(Official video here -- beware the flashy lights!)
|Hey, Alan Alda is doing science communication these days! At SUNY Stony Brook, turns out.
Alan Alda, acclaimed actor, writer and director, has joined the faculty of the School of Journalism as a Visiting Professor. He is working with the Center for Communicating Science to help current and future scientists learn to communicate more clearly and vividly with the public. Along with Theatre Arts faculty members, Deborah Mayo, Steve Marsh and Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, he is pioneering the use of improvisational theater exercises to help scientists connect more directly with people outside their field. These exercises, as well as other science communication techniques, will be offered this spring in credit-hearing courses for science graduate students at Stony Brook.And they have a Master's program. Hmm.
They'll probably be talking about this Flame Challenge thing:
I have a long history of wanting science to be a little clearer. I was very curious as a boy and when I was 11 years old I got fascinated with the flame at the end of a candle. I couldn't figure out what was happening in there. So, I asked my teacher and she said -- a little abruptly, I thought -- "It's oxidation."Finalists are up at FlameChallenge.org, & they'll be announcing the winner at the World Science Festival this weekend in NYC (why do I only ever hear about this the week before? Usually via Colbert. Gonna have to fix that). Alda also hosted A Performing Arts Salute to Science yesterday, so that might come up in the discussion.
While it might be lots of fun to see Stephen's character interacting with SuperLiberal Alan Alda, I suspect that real-Stephen's fascination with science will win over faux-Stephen's right wing outrage. But we'll see...
|Up this week:
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central