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Here you'll find me participating in print and online interviews, podcasts, radio, "vlogging," panel discussions, and any other formats that might cross my path. It's all about having the conversation, y'all.


August 30, 2012. I chatted with Tom Levenson about calculus and communicating science for Virtually Speaking Science.

August 2011: Discovery Retreats asked me for my thoughts on curiosity in August 2011.

March 2011: A very "meta" in-depth discussion with the Wall Street Journal's Lee Hotz about the writing process, communicating science, and how social media fits into the journalism landscape. Hosted by NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP), at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

February 11, 2011: Yukking it up on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson - and yes, I won one of the coveted golden harmonicas!

February 2011: The cool dudes behind the Geek's Guide to the Universe podcast chatted with me about calculus, Hollywood science, and general geekitude.

February 2011: Fun interview on Hollywood science with SETI Radio's Seth Shostak, actually taped during SETI-Con in August 2010.

November 2010: Chatting with host Desiree Schell on the Skeptically Speaking podcast about calculus and skepticism.

November 2010: Chatting with Dr. Kristin Sanford about calculus on Dr. Kiki's Science Hour.

October 2010: I was interviewed by NPR's All Things Considered for a segment on poker-playing physicists.

September 2010: Chatting with Ira Flatow on NPR's Science Friday about all things calculus.

September 2010: Chatting with Chris Mooney on the Point of Inquiry podcast. His awesome opening question: "Calculus. Make me care."

September 2010: Video interview with Zocalo Public Square, chatting about The Calculus Diaries.

May 2010: Some thoughts on science and Hollywood for the American Geophysical Union's Plainspoken Scientist:

May 2010: More on science and Hollywood, and the Science & Entertainment Exchange, for Science Chat podcast, hosted by Sean Marshall and his charming Irish lilt:

February 2010: During the AAAS meeting in San Diego, I was part of a panel (aired live) on NPR's Science Friday discussing the challenge of communicating science in a post-newspaper era (I show up in the last 20 minutes), and how the Science & Entertainment Exchange fits within that future framework.

January 13, 2010. I joined Eureka showrunner/co-creator Jaime Paglia for the Armed With Science podcast hosted by John Ohab, chatting about the Science & Entertainment Exchange and how science and science fiction influence each other.

October 2009: Moderating a panel at the Quantum to Cosmos Festival on "The State of the Universe(s)" with Neil Turok, Katie Freese, and Lawrence Krauss.

October 2009: Chatting with Cosmos editor Wilson da Silva, Lee Smolin, and Cliff Burgess at the Quantum to Cosmos Festival's "Science in the Pub: The Biggest Gamble in Physics" (second link down)

October 2009: Chatting about zombies and the Science & Entertainment Exchange on the Patt Morrison Show:

August 24, 2009: An interview with Robert Scoble of Building 43 on the Science & Entertainment Exchange and the potential of online multimedia.

August 17, 2009: Chatting with Skepticality co-host Derek about TAM7, the Buffyverse, and the Science & Entertainment Exchange. (iTunes podcast, episode #108)

July 29, 2009: Chatting with the fine folks at the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast:

June 19, 2009: Interview with Richard Saunders and Kylie Sturgess for the Skeptic Zone (scroll down to Episode #35):

March 9, 2009: Chatting about the Science & Entertainment Exchange with the folks at Lab Out Loud (scroll down to Episode #28):

January 2009: Curious about what I was reading in January 2009? Find out here!

June 2008: SF Signal asked me and a few other science-minded authors our thoughts on "Interesting Areas of Scientific Research."

June 2008: The Science Channel asked me Ten Quick Questions about science, pop culture, and whether writing a book about the Buffyverse made me believe in magic (short answer: nope).

April 2007: A podcast interview with Typepad on The Physics of the Buffyverse.

April 2007: I chatted with NPR's Weekend Edition about The Physics of the Buffyverse.

March 2, 2007: Blog Critics book review of The Physics of the Buffyverse

February 25, 2007: "High School Hell," New York Times (review of The Physics of the Buffyverse)

February 21, 2007: Profile in Seattle Times coinciding with publication of The Physics of the Buffyverse.

January 14, 2007: Chatting about The Physics of the Buffyverse with Seattle's KUOW Radio. My bit starts around the 35:00 mark.

October 21, 2006: A fun interview with LabLit -- again, some great questions!

June 15, 2006: Skepchick Donna Druchnas interviewed me for her Skeplit book club. She asked great questions!

April 2, 2006: Interview with NPR's Weekend Edition about Black Bodies and Quantum Cats.

March 9, 2006: My second radio interview, this time with local Washington, DC, host Kojo Nnamdi.

February 10, 2006: Interview with Dave Iverson of KQED Forum. This was my very first live call-in radio interview! I managed not to vomit.

January 10, 2006: An interview with Bookselling This Week on the publication of Black Bodies and Quantum Cats


From October 2012 through June 2015, I joined Alan Boyle and Tom Levenson as co-host of Virtually Speaking Science, weekly hour-long conversations with scientists and science writers that take place in the virtual world, Second Life, hosted by the Exploratorium. The conversations are simultaneously broadcast (and archived) on Blog Talk Radio. I still do the occasional guest host stint, because it's fun being an avatar in Second Life

In conversation with Brendan Nyhan, June 11, 2015.

In conversation with Sean Magiure, April 9, 2015.

In conversation with Laurie Paul, February 12, 2015.

In conversation with Ainissa Ramirez, January 15, 2015.

In conversation with Jeff Zacks, December 11, 2014.

In conversation with Glen Whitman and James Dow, November 13, 2014.

In conversation with Spiros Michalakis, September 11, 2014.

In conversation with Katherine Freese, August 14, 2014.

In conversation with Jacquelyn Morie, June 12, 2014.

In conversation with Kelly Hillis, May 15, 2014.

In conversation with Ray Jayawardhana, April 20, 2014.

In conversation with Amanda Gefter, March 20, 2014.

In conversation with Dave Goldberg, January 23, 2014.

In conversation with Maia Szalavitz, November 14, 2013.

In conversation with Simon DeDeo, October 10, 2013.

In conversation with Malcolm MacIver, September 12, 2013.

In conversation with Kevin Hand, August 15, 2013.

In conversation with Caleb Scharf, June 13, 2013.

In conversation with Maria Konnikova, May 11, 2013.

In conversation with Janna Levin, March 14, 2013.

In conversation with Jim Kakalios, February 15, 2013.

In conversation with Mark Changizi, November 15, 2012.

In conversation with Annie Murphy Paul, October 11, 2012.


Back in 2007, I started appearing sporadically on Blogging Heads TV. It's low-budget, but kind of fun, and where else can you have hour-long discussions of random science topics with really smart, fascinating people?

October 2010: Diavlog with fellow author George Johnson, chatting about The Calculus Diaries.

September 2010: Diavlog with bestselling author Mary Roach, chatting about Packing for Mars. (I would chat with Mary about anything, honestly, she is just that engaging.)

April 3, 2010: Diavlog with neuroscientist Ricardo Gil da Costa of the Salk Institute.

November 18, 2008: Diavlog with Chad Orzel of Uncertain Principles (and author of How To Teach Physics To Your Dog):

October 4, 2008: Diavlog with Julianne Dalcanton, one of the bloggers at Cosmic Variance:

September 2008: Another diavlog with the Spousal Unit, Sean (M.) Carroll.

April 17, 2008: Diavlog with my Cocktail Party Physics co-blogger Diandra Leslie-Pelecky (author of The Physics of NASCAR).

February 2008: A special Valentine's Day diavlog with the Spousal Unit, Sean (M.) Carroll.

September 2007: Diavlog with fellow science writer and physics history buff George Johnson (author of The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments).


July 2015: Science Guest of Honor, CONVergence, Minneapolis, MN

April 2015: Speaker and Moderator, Sustainable Science Communication, Santa Barbara, CA

March 2015: Invited talk, American Physical Society March Meeting, San Antonio, TX

February 2015: Lecture, Humanist Society, Sanra Barbara, CA

July 2014: Public lecture, Center for Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA

June 2014: Public lecture, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL

June 2014: Public lecture, Royal Institution, London, England

June 2014: Public lecture, Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham, England

May 2014: Story Cafe, World Science Festival, New York, NY

May 2014: Story Collider, Brooklyn, NY

April 2014: Panelist, Los Angeles Times Book Fair, Los Angeles, CA

February 2014: Town Hall, Seattle, WA

January 2014: Public lecture, Skeptics Society, Los Angeles, CA

July 2013: Workshop panelist, The Amaz!ing Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

May 2013: Public lecture, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

April 2013: Panelist, Los Angeles Times Book Fair, Los Angeles, CA

April 2013: Invited speaker, American Physical Society April Meeting, Denver, CO

March 2013: Moderator, panel discussion, Zocalo Public Square, Los Angeles, CA

January 2013: Panel co-moderator, Science Online, Raleigh, NC

December 2012: Public lecture, Ohio State University, Columbia, OH

November 2012: Invited speaker, Skepticon 5, Springfield, MO

October 2012: Banquet speaker, Editor's Workshop, American Physical Society, Ridge, NY

April 2012: Moderator, panel discussion, Los Angeles Times Book Fair, Los Angeles, CA

March 2012: Colloquium, William & Mary College, Williamsburg, VA

March 2012: Keynote speaker, Science Fair, Bakersfield, CA

November 2011: Colloquium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

August 2011: Moderator, public panel discussion, "It's About Time," FQXI conference, Copenhagen, Denmark

August 2011: Participant, Sci-Foo, Palo Alto, CA

July 2011: Speaker, The Amazing! Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

June 2011: Panelist (multiple panels), World Conference of Science Journalists, Doha, Qatar

June 2011: Moderator, National Coalition for Girls Schools workshop, Boston, MA

May 2011: Speaker, Sonia Kovalesky Day, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

April 2011: Moderator, "Physics and Hollywood," American Physical Society April Meeting, Anaheim, CA

March 2011: "Explore Your Inner Geek: In Conversation with Sean Carroll and Jennifer Ouellette," San Diego Science Festival, San Diego, CA

November 2010: Panelist, National Association of Science Writers, New Haven, CT

October 17, 2010: Public lecture, Center for Inquiry-West, Los Angeles, CA

October 2010: Public lecture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

October 14, 2010: Public lecture, Crowell Public Library, Huntington, CA

September 2010: Public lecture, Caltech, Pasadena, CA

September 2010: Panelist, Dragon*Con, Atlanta, GA.

August 2010: Panelist, SETI-Con, San Francisco, CA

July 20, 2010: Invited talk, "Blogging and Beyond," American Association of Physics Teachers conference, Portland, OR

July 3, 2010: Panelist, Convergence/Skepchicon, Minneapolis, MN

April 24, 2010: Panelist, "Science: The Universe Revealed," Los Angeles Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA

April 17, 2010: Invited talk and panelist, DCSWA Career Workshop, Washington, DC

March 23, 2010: Panelist, "The Science of Science Fiction," San Diego Science Festival, San Diego, CA

February 2010: Moderator, "Watching the Watchmen and Cheering the Heroes," AAAS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

January 2010: Panelist, "Beyond Blogging," ScienceOnline 2010 Conference, Research Triangle Park, NC

December 2009: Panelist/speaker, Renaissance Weekend, Charleston, SC.

October 2009. Moderator and panelist, Quantum 2 Cosmos festival, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada

August 2009. Lecture, communications summer series, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, CA

July 2009. Invited talk and panelist, The Amaz!ng Meeting 7 (TAM-7), Las Vegas, NV

May 2009. Instructor, Santa Fe Writing Workshop, Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe, NM

March 2009. Informal salon discussion, Center for Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA

March 2009. Invited talk, APS March Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

September 2008. Panel discussion, National Association of Science Writers, Palo Alto, CA

June 2008: Public lecture, Center for Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA

March 2008: Short presentation, Scinevision (NSF workshop), Los Angeles, CA

January 2008: Moderator, "In Conversation with Richard Reeves," ALOUD, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA

January 2008: "Science Goes Hollywood," Categorically Not, Santa Monica, CA

January 2008: "Adventures in Blogging," 2nd North Carolina Science Blogging Conference, Research Triangle Park, NC

October 2007. Colloquium, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

September 2007. Colloquium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

May 2007. Public lecture and colloquium, Union College, Schenectady, NY

March 2007: Bookslut author series, Chicago, IL

March 2007. Public lecture, Caltech Skeptic's Society, Los Angeles, CA

February 2007. "The Physics of the Fight," Public lecture and martial arts demonstration, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY

June 2006. Martial arts demonstration booth at The Amazing Science Street Fair, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY

January 2006: Author appearance, Politics & Prose, Washington, DC