Steve Paikin interviews Lawrence Krauss

If you’re a fan of physicist Lawrence Krauss, here’s a half-hour video in which he’s interviewed by Steve Paikin of the Canadian channel TVO’s show The Agenda. (Paikin is 57: can you believe it?) I was once on his show, and was impressed by Paikin’s preparation and probing questions, as well as his ability to direct the interview and his practice of letting the interviewee speak without excessive intrusion. He’s one of the best interviewers going, and I’m sure he read Krauss’s book (as he read mine, as his copy was full of his notes and bookmarks).

Krauss’s spiel is very similar to his talk at the recent Imagine No Religion meeting in Toroto (for which he got a standing ovation), and is centered on his new history of modern physics,The Greatest Story Ever Told–So Far: Why Are We Here?  Although the book doesn’t add much to similar histories, Krauss excels in his public talks on physics, infecting the audience with his own enthusiasm for science. You get a flavor of this in the interview.

h/t: Barry


  1. Barry Lyons
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I agree. Paikin is one of best interviewers around. If only the insufferable Charlie Rose would take note!

  2. vtvita
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting, Jerry.

  3. Randy schenck
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Yes, the good interviewer is hard to find and it is an art in many ways. We can all name 10 bad ones to find a good one. It is not quite so difficult as finding something good to say about our political system and the people in it.

  4. Posted June 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I saw this interview last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  5. nwalsh
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Two first class gentlemen made the 30 mins virtually fly by. Thanks Jerry.

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Krauss’s sartorial sense balances precariously on the knife’s edge separating the fabulous from the hideous. Kudos to him.

    Paikin displays the same combination of serious preparation and deep topical interest that makes Terry Gross such a good interviewer. Kudos to him, too.

  7. ToddP
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing it, PCCE.

    Listening to Krauss is always illuminating and inspiring. His enthusiasm is infectious.

  8. James Walker
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    The Agenda was a weekday night ritual for me, one of the things I miss since I’ve moved to Australia. Steve Paikin is an avid reader – I used to seem him browsing the book stalls, sometimes with his kids, at the Word on the Street festival. I don’t doubt that he reads the books by the authors he interviews.

  9. Posted June 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic interview. It made my day.

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    Posted June 15, 2017 at 12:32 am | Permalink

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  11. KD33
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    I’ve followed Krauss for quite some time. Thanks though for highlighting Steve Paikin. Indeed a great interviewer!

  12. Ken
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this. Such a fan of Lawrence.

  13. Posted June 15, 2017 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Lawrence Krauss’ book is highly recommended by Eric Idle: “I loved the fight scenes and the sex scenes were excellent.”

  14. Bob Gilbert
    Posted June 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Wow, what a super interviewer and interviewee!

  15. Posted June 17, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Very interesting interview. But why does he continue with that “American leadership” bs, as if the World would not get along with the US of A. I’m hoping this will enable the world to see that they don’t need one country to lead. Vain hope?

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