Category Archives: media

The Great Science Publishing Scandal

by Matthew Cobb Earlier this week, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme I made, along with producer Deborah Cohen, about how scientific publishing works, the problems associated with it, and why everyone should be concerned about it. Click on this picture and you will be able to listen to the programme from anywhere in the […]

In which I visit Woke Left websites

It’s really time I stopped looking at HuffPost, as my friends tell me repeatedly. But I still like to look at Woke Left websites, just like I look at conservative and centrist or center-Left websites: just to see what’s going on. I’ve managed to break the habit of looking at Salon, though, spending a bit […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue – cats & Twitter

by Grania It’s the birthday of Twitter (2006). I love and hate it, sometimes at the same time. Depending on who you choose to follow – sometimes as a pure voyeur – it can be an echo chamber or a place of discovery or a place of facepalming frustration. It also is far from balanced in […]

Mr Rubin, I’m ready for my close-up

When in Hollywood. Blending with the indigenous population. They won’t suspect a thing. Note by JAC: The pictures and text above were posted by Grania, to whom I sent the photos for posting. It was great fun meeting Dave Rubin and his coterie—an amiable and helpful bunch—and being on the Rubin Report. Dave and I had an […]

When the Lunatic Fringe gets Mainstream attention

by Grania Spingies So a guy almost nobody ever heard of before last Saturday holds a meeting where approximately 200 members show up—the size of a large-ish knitting club or a small-ish local atheist group—makes some benightedly stupid hand gestures, and scores the media coup of the century. While one should probably not completely ignore people publicly […]

If you’re skeptical of FEMEN, you should watch this

by Grania Spingies FEMEN and Inna Shevchenko are often treated as pariahs by the very people who claim to champion the causes this group fights for. FEMEN was born in Ukraine as a reaction to that country’s exploitation of women in the sex industry, as well as to other global issues: dictatorships, oppression of women by religions, and […]

Chicago television station screws up big time wishing viewers a Happy Yom Kippur

I rarely watch channel 9 in Chicago; my staple is NBC for the news and CBS for “60 Minutes,” and that’s about the entirety of my television diet. But reader Amy reported to me that when wishing its Jewish viewers a happy Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement and the most sacred of Jewish holidays—someone at […]

David Carr, 1956-2015

by Greg Mayer David Carr’s funeral was held earlier today in New York. He died last week of complications from lung cancer, collapsing and dying in the newsroom of the New York Times, where he had been a media reporter and columnist since 2002. A media columnist for the New York Times might seem a […]

The difference between ten and infinity

By Grania Spingies Brian Cox is Stateside at the moment, and was on The Conan Show promoting the US run of BBC 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, the science podcast brainchild of Robin Ince and Brian Cox that cannot be praised highly enough (it’s funny, it’s got science in and a whole lot of smart […]

Jerry on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell MSNBC tonight

By Grania Jerry asked me to let everyone know that he’s been asked to be on MSNBC’s The Last Word tonight with Lawrence O’Donnell. They’ll be discussing ISIL and its religion. It airs at 10pm, and you can catch up with the show on its website if you miss it. [Note by GCM– that’s 10 PM […]