Hey, it's Robert again. This is my month for yakking. This one is for you Connecticutters (and especially New Havenites, Yalies, Townies or Northhaven, Southhaven and Easthaveners ). If you are within traveling distance of Yale University next Tuesday at 4:30 pm, I'm giving a talk. I’m calling it "Saddam Hussein's Secret Octopus and Other Tales of Science" and it's about the politics of choosing/framing/designing/narrating/getting science stories on radio and TV.
For some unaccountable reason, TV news executives don't wake up every morning itching to tell stories about physics or chemistry. It's the most curious thing ... you'd think, like the rest of us, upon opening their eyes they'd exclaim: "Another chance to talk about quarks!" But no, they roll over and dream about Iraq, Afghanistan, Jennifer Aniston and the weather. So how's a science guy make a living at CBS, ABC, ESPN? (I've been at all three). And how did Jad and I invent our way into Radiolab? I plan to spill the beans.
Oh, and I should mention … it's free. It's at the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street in New Haven, on Tuesday, April 20th at 4:30pm.