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William J Broad Discusses The Science of Yoga with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert needs yoga. Not because he says he is the most inflexible man in the world, or because he found out some women who practice yoga are able to have two to three hour orgasms, but because he seems to have attention deficit disorder. But who am I to judge? Millions of Americans tune in and get a kick out of his opinions of current events disguised as crude and bold comic relief. He’s no Seth Meyers, but he does entertain in a blatantly rude sort of way.

I am very surprised that William J. Broad, author of The Science of Yoga and esteemed science writer for the New York Times, agreed to come on the show for an interview. After listening to Broad on NPR’s Fresh Air, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday, I was curious to see how he would respond to the brazen personality of Colbert. Poised, calm and well spoken, Broad held an impressive level of composure against the piercing and sometimes irrational questions imposed upon him by the audacious TV host.

Broad told Colbert that he practices yoga because it helps him relax and be able to do the hard edge reporting that has earned him two Pulitzer Prizes. You would think that would perk up the ears of a fellow journalist, but instead Colbert told Broad he didn’t know a thing about yoga. Not surprising, as his description of the practice is how people look when they are crammed and contorted in the coach section of an airplane.

“Why didn’t you name the book Two to Three Hour Orgasm?” Colbert interjected between Broads attempt at genuinely answering his questions. “Do you wear those tight clothes when you practice?” he interrupted obnoxiously as Broad was trying to intelligently describe the science of yoga.

I had to give Colbert some credit when he pulled out a model of the human spine. Seemingly interested, he listened to Broad speak about the potential for strokes when doing poses that put the cervical vertebrae in extreme flexion such as shoulder stand and plow pose, but the conversation veered away from the dangers of yoga and ended with the apparent sex cult-like origins of yoga.

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February 16th, 2012

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I was actually about to post this article on my blog to quote a line from the interview...I then actually read your article and am deleting my post. I am not sure what your intention is here? Colbert is a comedian, and Broad went on his show knowing this. He in no way was offensive, as you incorrecctly point out. He in no way is obnoxious. Are you aware that there is entire demographic that would ordinarily not know anything about Broad if not for Colbert...Colbert provides the Colbert bump and does an incredible service for people like you...exposes it to people who would ordinary know nothing of the sort. Colbert raised tremendous amounts fo charities through his show, check out the $26,000 he raised in one week through his show by offering to sing the song 'Friday' on Fallon's show.... And so many others.
You disrespected an incredible member of our society and for that should apologize and correct the wrong doings here.

posted Mar 6th, 2012 2:56 am


yes i know stephen colbert is a comedian and it is quite obvious he pokes fun.

posted Feb 17th, 2012 6:56 pm

robert F

You understand Colbert's a comedian... right? You do realize Colbert is not a journalist... he's a comedian with a show that lampoons many topics. His persona on T.V. is a fictional character much like "The Daily Show" is not really the news. His character mostly pokes fun @ conservative values through satire. The author was getting face time on a very popular show. If people pick up the book because SC talks about a 3 hour orgasm on his show, then they learn something by reading it, the worlds a better place don't ya think? I watched the interview and Steven played his role in promoting the book.

posted Feb 16th, 2012 9:55 pm


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