The American Association for the Advancement of Science, publishers of Science magazine, also have a weekly podcast, called (of course) the Science Podcast. I’m pleased to announce that The Book of Why will be the featured book two weeks from now, in the last week of August.
This makes up for my (mild) disappointment that Science never published a review of The Book of Why in the print magazine. Of course, there are many science books published every week, and it’s not easy to write one that stands out enough to merit a review. The way I look at it, a review on the podcast is even more special than a review in print, because only one book a month gets chosen for the podcast, as opposed to three or four a week that get reviewed in the magazine.
Yesterday Jen Golbeck, the host of the book review segment, interviewed Judea and me by telephone (we had a conference call). I thought it went really well and she asked some great questions. The one I liked best was, “If you could put your book on the desk of one person, who would it be?” I hope you’ll get to hear my surprising answer. I can’t guarantee that it will make the episode, because the interview lasted 28 minutes but it will have to be edited down to 7 or 8 minutes.
My wife listened in on the interview, and laughed at a couple of the things Judea said. He really has a wonderful, understated comic wit. I imagine the chuckles will be edited out, but it would be funny if they said, “This episode was recorded in front of a live audience of one person.”
Even without the laugh track, I’m sure that the interview will be interesting to listen to! After it goes live I’ll post a link to it here.