Richard Dawkins on the Daily Show– in about 5 minutes!

by Greg Mayer

Sorry for the late notice, but Richard Dawkins is scheduled to be interviewed by Jon Stewart in about five minutes on the Daily Show. In many TV markets, it will be reshown at 7:30 PM Eastern Time tomorrow (Wednesday). He’ll be discussing his new book.

Dawkins Appetite


  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I told my PVR to record it so I can watch when not sleepy.

  2. merilee
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Just stumbled on it. Kind of disappointing…

  3. Posted September 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I just tried to watch the full interview on Jon Stewarts website, but couldn’t find it. Does anybody know when it will be up?

  4. cornbread_r2
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Almost nothing about the book and lots of Stewart trying to find reasons to fear science more than religion. When Dawkins pointed out that it was the combination of advanced technology and religious fundamentalism that was a concern, Stewart just continued to ignore the religious side of the equation.

    • Posted September 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

      Maybe John Oliver should take over permanently.

      • cornbread_r2
        Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

        Oliver had his shot when he interviewed the author of “Zealot”, Reza Aslan, and couldn’t say enough good things about it. Colbert’s constant promotion of Catholicism is starting to wear then as well. (At first I thought Colbert just mentioned it because the person he satirizes, Bill O’Reilly, is Catholic, but now it seems much more like just poorly concealed proselytizing.)

        • Prof.Pedant
          Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

          “it seems much more like just poorly concealed proselytizing”

          I think it is supposed to be “overtly obvious proselytizing that you are supposed to give the host a pass on because good intentions/obliviousness” as part of his schtick.

          • cornbread_r2
            Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

            And I have been willing to give him a pass in the past, but tonight’s show was a good example of how I think he’s gone overboard. While he feigned anger at some of the pope’s recent conciliatory statements, as a conservative Catholic might, he then (again) interviewed his Jesuit apologist, James Martin, to put the statements into proper perspective. It was a segment that only well-informed, involved Catholics would likely find interesting. He may have a lot of such Catholics as viewers, but I doubt they’re a very big percentage of his total viewership.

        • Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

          Very distressing about Oliver. Colbert’s Catholicism is likely due to his being a Sunday School teacher in real life – though it is equally distressing to me, since it seemed he kept it in his pants doing his shtick. Bummer. I’m out of it…. 15 years after “cutting the cord” and counting.

        • scottoest
          Posted September 25, 2013 at 2:35 am | Permalink

          Reza is considered a “friend of the show” on the Daily Show, as he’s been a guest many, many times.

          And to religious moderates, I’m sure writers like Aslan are very persuasive. He gives their faith intellectual cover, and furthermore tells them their faith can co-exist with their liberal/moderate social views – unlike “fundamentalists”, who know that’s a load of shit.

  5. Diane G.
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink


  6. Dominic
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    The interview with Danny Finkelstein of the Times I went to 2 weeks ago DID talk about the book (I have now read it) & was quite interesting. He was at the RI last week but I gave my tickets to a friend.

    Unfortunately he will get that sort of reaction everywhere, because he bugs people. Maybe it is because you do not see him raising his voice & shouting. He talked about Christopher Hitchins & how much he is missed, & there is no one I am familiar with in the ranks of the ungodly who can match his eloquence, voice & ability to think on his feet & refusal to bow to cant.

    Back at the RI tonight to hear Svante Pääbo talk about Denisovan & Neanderthal DNA, & next week Jared Diamond at the same venue.

    • Matt G
      Posted September 25, 2013 at 4:03 am | Permalink

      What is the RI?

  7. Michael
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    The rest of the Dailyshow interview (even the part they didn`t air) is online at

    I am also disappointed in Steward`s “both sides can do harm so they are equally bad” approach.

    Colbert is really religious and the only interviews on his show where his anger shines through is when he has one of the “new atheists” or religion critic on his show.

    • scottoest
      Posted September 25, 2013 at 2:27 am | Permalink

      Colbert is religious, but I wouldn’t describe him as “really religious” in any traditional sense. He’s socially liberal on all of the issues the church is officially not, for one.

      His Catholicism strikes me more like Andrew Sullivan’s version of it – he calls himself a Catholic, yet has no issue criticizing the church, the Pope, or anyone else for a lot of their stands on social and economic issues. Like Andrew, he also apparently doesn’t stop to think about how this makes him “Catholic” in any meaningful sense of the word, if he disagrees with so much of the official pablum.

      I found Colbert’s last interview with Dawkins entertaining. It was light, and fun, and that was about it. Stewart tends to do his false-equivalency tone-troll shtick whenever he has a prominent atheist on, as he did tonight. I think it’s intellectually vapid, and a little disappointing, but nothing more.

      Stewart and Colbert have their flaws, and intellectual blind spots, like anyone else. I think people place too much pressure on them, to pick up the slack left by our terrible mainstream news media.

      • Posted September 25, 2013 at 2:55 am | Permalink

        A good point — one I’ve heard Stewart make on many occasions. (hey, I’m an entertainer, dammit… the real news is supposed to be over there).

        Really seems that he screwed the pooch on this one. Kind of a drag that he led the conversation down a pessimistic avenue, and dropped the ball as Richard was gently trying to coax him out of it. Stewart seemed off his game. Maybe it would’ve helped if he had read the book.

      • Posted September 25, 2013 at 3:36 am | Permalink

        A teensie better on the last third. Teensie weensie.

  8. Posted September 25, 2013 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Dawkins certainly took the back seat during the Stewart interview, although I think it was interesting for the general audience. This would have been taped in the afternoon, after a long day of travel and interviews for Dawkins. He seemed a little tired.
    Earlier the same day he was interviewed about his book on NPR. I felt this was a good interview, in which he talks especially about his childhood in Africa. I did not see where you can listen to it yet online, but maybe I missed it.

  9. sgo
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    I tuned in yesterday after finding out Dawkins was on the show through a link in the comments of the previous entry.

    As others said, it was disappointing. Nothing about the book at all! And the conversation didn’t really go anywhere.

  10. h2ocean
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    I dunno, I thought his questions were better and at least more sophisticated and complex versions of “but doesn’t science do bad things too??”

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