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Video:

My TED talk "Is Anatomy Destiny?" has been viewed more than a million times. See it here.

Here's my live appearance on Chicago Tonight about Galileo's Middle Finger.

More recent is my keynote for FIRE. (The talk is about 35 minutes long, and then there's a pretty interesting Q&A.)

Here's my spirited talk with Gad Saad on his video podcast.

A scientist wondering how to defend yourself in a controversy? Here's my Constance Holden Award Address on that topic for the International Society of Intelligence Research. (The award is for outstanding science journalism.)

And yeah, I've been on Oprah, on HBO, on Good Morning America, CNN, etc., etc. I would link all of those appearances, but then you might see the time I was wearing my pajama bottoms because I'd just given birth a week or so before...

 

Audio:

FiveThirtyEight has launched a new Science podcast and they had me on as their inaugural guest to talk about Galileo's Middle Finger.

WBEZ has had me on twice in recent years, once to talk about who owns science (related to Galileo's MIddle Finger, but we talked about the Dr. Phil problem), and once to talk about being intersex.

Want to hear me talking sex ed and the history of the twitterstorm from my son's classroom? Here you go:

Once in a while I get to talk about being a writer, as on the  "10-Minute Writer's Workshop" with New Hampshire Public Radio.

On Medical Matters, an NPR show hosted by Dr. John Schumann, I read an essay on one episode about using data to guide my own healthcare decisions. (It starts at 47:30.) On another episode, I shared my concerns about doctors who write stories about their patients. (That starts at about 46:20.)

I've had the pleasure of being on Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast several times (one time about a woman who thought she had no clitoris; another time about a guy who thought his penis was too small, another time related to my book, The Talk), but the conversation people seem to enjoy the most of those is the one Dan and I had about the intercourse-during-menses taboo. It starts at about the 26-minute mark here.

If you're into podcasts, you can listen to my appearances related to Galileo's Middle Finger on:

Finally, years ago I talked with NPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge about my book on conjoined twins.

 

Readable:

Who says you should read Galileo's Middle Finger? Steve Pinker, Jared Diamond, E.O. Wilson, Dan Savage, The New York Times, among many others. No kidding. You can get it in hardback, in paperback with a new afterword on my resignation, as an audiobook, and as an ebook. Read more.

I still get a surprising amount of fan mail about my 2004 book, One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal. John Green didn't write to me, but he did name it one of the best books you probably haven't read. (Which made all my son's friends think I am super cool!)

Want something shorter than a book? At Pacific Standard, my piece on admitting to children that sex is about pleasure went positively viral: check it out.

Among my essays at The Atlantic, the one that has been most popular is about why my son's demedicalized birth was actually extremely scientific: read it here.

My essay for New Statesman on "vaccine-anxious" parents has also been very popular.

The article I wrote for The Stranger the night of the sex ed tweetstorm remains a favorite of readers.

I've had seven of my essays published in the New York Times, and all of them bring mail, but the one that seems to the most staying power is the one in which I talked about having XX Syndrome.

My essay "Lavish Dwarf Entertainment" ended up chosen for Norton's 2009 anthology of Best Creative Nonfiction, and you can read it for free here.

Here at my own site, the article that seems to be most popular is "The Social Construction of Sex and Me."