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This week on Skepticality, Swoopy catches up with biologist-turned-filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson, whose latest book, Don't Be Such A Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style deals with the image and communication issues facing scientists in the new media era. Some of the book's key messages (don’t be so cerebral; don’t be so literal-minded; don’t be such a poor story teller; don’t be so unlikable) are also on display in Dr. Olson's newest feature film, Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy. The new movie, a mockumentary that humorously relates just how hard it is to get a film about science made in style-conscious Hollywood, is the closing film at the Imagine: Science FIlm Festival in New York this week.
Show Notes

Date -October 20, 2009 read by Derek.

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Last week we spoke with Jon Ronson who wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats. 

Dr. Randy Olson is the author of Don't Be Such a Scientist. 
The United States trails the rest of the world population in belief of Evolution.
Carl Sagan was the penultimate science communicator.
Cosmos is the most watched program in PBS history.
A recent Discovery Channel documentary was about unearthing Ardipithecus ramidus.
20 million more people watched Dancing with the Stars than Discovering Ardi.
One supportive blogger of Don't Be Such a Scientist is P.Z. Meyers.
P.Z.'s blog Pharyngula is one of the most popular science blogs online.
An Inconvenient Truth did not change public concern about Global Climate Change.
Laurie David produced both An Inconvenient Truthand Too Hot Not to Handle. 
Dr. Randy Olson's first film was Flock of Dodos about the way science communicates. 
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart is the most trusted newscaster in a Time magazine poll. 
Randy is the founder of Shifting Baselines an Oceans conservation media project.
MPA's work is the slogan for a new PSA Randy directed.
The stars of the PSA include Pierce Brosnan, John C. McGinley, and Simon Helberg.
Randy's mom Muffy Moose has appeared in both of his films. She blogs here.
Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy will close theImagine: Science Film Festival. 
Get tickets to the Friday showing of Sizzle here. 
Don't Be Such A Scientist is available at book stores everywhere.

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