Claudia Dreifus teaches science journalism to scientists at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, she is the author of numerous books, including two collection of her interviews for The Times with scientists, Scientific Conversations (2002), and with people in public life, Interview (1999).
An Interview with Naomi Oreskes
Naomi Oreskes: I think it was hard to accept that the climate change deniers were excellent at communicating. But once people recognized what they were up against, one saw more scientists willing to stand up to defend the integrity of science, to speak to journalists, to go on television.
October 18, 2019
An Interview with Jennifer Doudna
Jennifer Doudna: No one can take away those moments in the lab when we saw something in nature that had never been seen before. You go into the lab, do an experiment, and get a little bit of knowledge about the world that unravels another piece of the mystery of nature. That’s what I love about science.
January 24, 2019
An Interview with John Dean
John Dean: Do I believe that Trump’s in a whole world of trouble? I do! Do I think Trump will resign? Not likely! And unlike Nixon, who honored the rule of law and actually in his bones believed in it, I think Trump is the kind of guy who would do anything to get around the rule of law.
September 6, 2018
An Interview with David Simon
David Simon: Frankly, I’ve never been good at writing to the common denominator. I’m still not. I haven’t done one show that was a huge ratings hit. What I never do is raise my hand and say, “This could be a hit. Make this because this could be a hit.” The minute I do that, I’m done as me.
August 22, 2018