Announcing StarTalk TV National Geographic Premiere Date and Episode Schedule

Post Date: 17 March 2015

Press Release:

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW

STARTALK HOSTED BY NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

TO PREMIERE MONDAY, APRIL 20, AT 11 PM ET/10 PM CT

President Jimmy Carter, Director Christopher Nolan, Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins, Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Author Ariana Huffington, Actor George Takei and Television Writer Norman Lear Named as Guests; Features Weekly Appearances by Bill Nye the Science Guy

(AUSTIN, TEXAS – March 17, 2015) National Geographic Channel took SXSW-goers on a deep dive into outer space today during a sneak peek presentation of its first-ever late-night talk series StarTalk, where show host and prominent astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) — joining via Skype — answered fan questions and revealed the series premiere date of Monday, April 20, at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT (with encores each Friday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT). World-renowned cultural luminaries across science, entertainment and politics, like President Jimmy Carter, Richard Dawkins, Chris Hadfield, Norman Lear, Christopher Nolan, George Takei and others, were announced as guests.

Based on Dr. Tyson’s prominent podcast of the same name, the hour-long, weekly series infuses pop culture with science, while bringing together comedians and celebrities to delve into a wide range of topics. Each week, in a private interview, Dr. Tyson explores all the ways that science and technology have influenced the life and livelihood of his guests, whatever their background.

After his one-on-one interview, Dr. Tyson invites a comedian co-host and influencers in media, science and pop culture to join him in front of a studio audience in the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City — where he serves as the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium — to further break down the topic. And in each episode, Dr. Tyson calls on his friend Bill Nye the Science Guy to weigh in on the week’s theme; Nye shares his perspective on science, technology and even Star Trek via a pretaped segment.

“Expanding the StarTalk radio show and podcast into a television show on National Geographic Channel offers a unique opportunity to show viewers how pervasive science is in our culture and how entertaining science can be,” said Dr. Tyson. “Throughout the show we explore current issues with top industry leaders and pair that with comical, but informed, commentary. From politicians and actors to scientists, social activists and more, the impact of science knows no bounds.”

Premiere episodes include:

StarTalk: George Takei

Premieres Monday, April 20, at 11 PM ET/PT

This week’s theme is “Star Trek” as Inspiration for the Future. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with actor, author and activist George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) to discuss how the once-futuristic scenarios in “Star Trek” relate to many of today’s current moral and social issues. Weighing in on this interview are Charles Liu, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and the College of Staten Island, and comedian Leighann Lord. Science educator and frequent guest host of StarTalk Bill Nye delves specifically into scenarios pertaining to technology and civil rights.

 

StarTalk: Christopher Nolan

Premieres Monday, April 27, at 11 PM ET/PT

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews director, screenwriter and producer Christopher Nolan about The Science of Interstellar. Nolan discusses how he translates his love of science to his films. Dr. Janna Levin, professor of Astronomy and Physics at Columbia University, and comedian Eugene Mirman are on hand to add some colorful commentary.

 

StarTalk: Dan Savage

Premieres Monday, May 4, at 11 PM ET/PT

This week, Dr. Tyson and his guests delve into the science of Modern Love. Activist, author and journalist Dan Savage joins Dr. Tyson to discuss what love means in today’s society. Anthropologist Helen Fisher and comedian Chuck Nice add their insight to the conversation.

 

StarTalk: Arianna Huffington

Premieres Monday, May 11, at 11 PM ET/PT

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff), co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, explore Living in the Information Age. The two discuss how technology influences the rate and ways in which we communicate. Journalist Jeff Jarvis and comedian Chuck Nice add their insight.

 

StarTalk: Richard Dawkins

Premieres Monday, May 18, at 11 PM ET/PT

StarTalk tackles a burning question: Can Science and Religion Coexist? Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and evolutionary biologist and ethologist Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) debate whether science and religion can truly coexist in today’s society. Jesuit clergyman James Martin and comedian Eugene Mirman weigh in.

 

StarTalk: Jimmy Carter

Premieres Monday, May 25, at 11 PM ET/PT

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and President Jimmy Carter examine the topic of Pulling the Plug on Pestilence. The duo discuss the importance of and progress toward ending fatal epidemic diseases. Mark Siddall, curator of the division of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, and comedian Chuck Nice share their views on this matter.

 

StarTalk: Chris Hadfield

Premieres Monday, June 1, at 11 PM ET/PT

Social Media-Savvy Astronauts are taking over the cosmos. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield), the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, discuss social media milestones in space, and its usage among today’s astronauts. Former astronaut Dr. Mike Massimo and comedian Eugene Mirman comment on this growing trend.

 

StarTalk: Biz Stone

Premieres Monday, June 8, at 11 PM ET/PT

Dr. Tyson explores The Impact of Twitter on Society as he sits down with Biz Stone (@biz), co-founder of Twitter and co-founder/CEO of Super.me. The two discuss how the social media phenomenon has affected the way we communicate in today’s world. Sharing their experience and opinions are Dr. Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology at Columbia University; Clive Thompson, journalist; and Eugene Mirman, comedian.

 

StarTalk: Charles Bolden/NASA

Premieres Monday, June 15, at 11 PM ET/PT

This week’s theme is NASA’s Vision on Space. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, administrator of NASA, examine NASA’s past, present and future. Astrophysicist Dr. Michael Shara and science educator Bill Nye share their thoughts on the space program.

 

StarTalk: Norman Lear

Premieres Monday, June 22, at 11 PM ET/PT

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear), television writer and producer, discuss TV and the Evolution of American Culture. From “All in the Family to “The Big Bang Theory,” the diverse television landscape and evolving American culture are explored. Author Saul Austerlitz and comedian Chuck Nice add their insight.

 

About Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, lecturer, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson is also that rare scientist who connects with all audiences. His many television appearances have established him as a trusted and charismatic authority on science. With more than 3.3 million Twitter followers and more than 2.6 million followers on Facebook, his social media following is a powerful complement to his passion for science. As the host of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, Tyson brought his take on Carl Sagan’s classic to television in a 13-part series in 2014.

StarTalk is produced by Curved Light Productions and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels. For Curved Light Productions, executive producers are Neil deGrasse Tyson and Helen Matsos. For National Geographic Studios, executive producer is Brian Lovett, co-executive producer is Drew Pulley and president is Brooke Runnette. For National Geographic Channels, executive producer is Michael Kovnat, vice president of production is Char Serwa and president of original programming and production is Tim Pastore.

For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NGC_PR.

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National Geographic Channels

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in over 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

StarTalk Radio

StarTalk Radio, hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a ground-breaking, weekly, one-hour radio talk show and podcast, bridging the gap between pop culture and pop science. With a unique combination of comedy and celebrity star power, including frequent guest host Bill Nye, the show aims to bring the universe down to Earth. StarTalk is available on SiriusXM, iTunes (where it recently ranked as the No. 1 podcast and made the “Best of 2014” list), Stitcher (where it won the 2013 Stitcher Award for Best Science and Medicine podcast), SoundCloud and TuneIn. The podcast has more than 2 million downloads per month and more than 350,000 downloads per week. For more information, visit www.startalkradio.net.

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s pre-eminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions. The museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, where Neil DeGrasse Tyson serves as the Frederick P. Rose Director. The museum’s five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers support 200 scientists, whose work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts, as well as specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only American museum authorized to grant Ph.D. degrees. Approximately 5 million visitors from around the world came to the museum last year, and its exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on five continents.

Media Contacts:

Chris Albert, 202-912-6526, calbert@natgeotv.com

Julie Frazier, 212-378-1975, jfrazier@natgeotv.com

 

  • José Villaró

    This is awesome! Congrats!

    • startalkradio

      Thanks, José!

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  • Arlen Kundert

    Remember to set your DVRs!

  • Trevor Bertuzzi

    I couldn’t be more excited about this! Cosmos was incredible and this will be too!

  • Taxil Necrobane

    I am rather torn about this. On one hand, this will promote more of open discussion of science to more of the public (provided it does not go off the rails some how). On the other hand, I know for a fact that producing a on going TV show is a VERY VERY heavy investment of time and effort for all involved. I fear this show will take NDT away from the labs he use to work at where he produced real findings at and turn him into a media personality. It is sure to dry up any time for him to do real science any more.

    • hub abresch

      Yes it will, but at the same time he will be inspiring the next generation of scientists.

  • JG

    Hooray!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait!

  • C. Brian Mintus

    I know that this will be interesting and without any comparison…

  • K Lee

    Best wishes to all for the success of the new endeavour.

  • startalkradio

    We have a ticket lottery for free tickets to see StarTalk TV. Unfortunately, the first 10 episodes have already been recorded, but you can still enter your name here: http://www.startalkradio.net/startalk-tv-audience-ticket-lottery/
    If the show gets renewed for a second season, anybody entered in the lottery will be eligible to win seats.

  • startalkradio

    Tanja, StarTalk will air on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages. For more information, visit http://www.natgeotv.com.

  • startalkradio

    Paul, StarTalk will air on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages. For more information, visit http://www.natgeotv.com.

    • Paul Ladru

      I don’t see any reference to StarTalk on their site when I search for it, so I don’t know what more information there is. In any case, if it’s not on TV, will it be made available online like on YouTube?

      • startalkradio

        Paul, I think they just list the countries for all of their channels there. If there is a Nat Geo channel in the Netherlands, we will be on it. As far as we know, there are no plans for these episodes to appear on YouTube. We haven’t heard about Hulu or Netflix yet. (Are either of them in the Netherlands?)

        • Paul Ladru

          Thanks for getting back to me :) yes nat geo is available here so that will work! We have Netflix over here, although limited content unfortunately. I am hoping that like startalk radio these episodes will become available for everyone world wide through whatever technology thats available. That’sI care about this because I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of listening to startalk if you hadn’t placed it on soundcloud and youtube without region restrictions. :)

          • startalkradio

            Keep in mind that all the TV episodes that run on Nat Geo will also be podcasts which you can listen to just the way you do now!

  • startalkradio

    Not sure, Manuel. Do you get the National Geographic channel? StarTalk will air on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages. For more information, visit http://www.natgeotv.com.

  • GalvestonOG

    I’ve never been more excited about the broadcast debut of a talk show and it’s a giant leap for mankind too… hehe…. This is SO my thing!

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  • A StarTalk Fan

    At first I was excited to see the announcement of this show. Dr. Tyson is fantastic, the StarTalk radio show and podcast are excellent and the StarTalk TV show has great potential to present highly significant scientific topics to a worldwide audience in a way that everyone can relate to and understand. I’m saddened, though, not to see a show in the first set of episodes related to the most important planet-wide issue of our time — climate change, health and the environment. I certainly hope that the show is renewed for a second season and that climate change can be addressed in perhaps a series of episodes exploring this complex, world-changing and highly inconvenient truth.

  • Andy August

    I wish this was coming to a Fox or NBC… Nat Geo deserves a thumbs up for continuously being on top of good science programming, Discovery Channel is all ghosts and paranormal bs and History Channel is nothing but Jesus and UFOs! Can’t wait to see this air! Congrats Neil!

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  • Michael Walker

    Will the podcast continue, or is it just the show now?

    • startalkradio

      The podcast remains the same, Michael.

  • 千敦英

    Will it be on Hulu?

    • startalkradio

      We’re still waiting to find out about that, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear!

      • 千敦英

        By “let you know” I am assuming that you will have some sort of advertisement or status update for the general public as soon as you are able and not letting me personally know. But that doesn’t matter but I hope it gets the green light. Otherwise a lot of people will just be out of luck. Or have to pay to watch it.

        • startalkradio

          True, not personally. I mean that if and when we are told by the National Geographic Channel that they’re releasing the show to Hulu, we’ll tell you (and everyone else) on our website/blog, and on our social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr.

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  • frankzandres

    c a n ‘ t w a i t !!!!

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  • pam95650

    Just set the DVR.

  • Frog58

    I do not have the National Geographic Channel…will the tv show be avail on their website?

    • http://www.startalkradio.net startalkradio

      There are lots of ways to get the TV show!
      StarTalk will be available with a cable subscription the day after air on TV-VOD and TV Everywhere platforms, including NateoTV.com, Xbox1, Xbox 360, Samsung Connected TVs and Roku (Apple TV launching sometime in May). It is available for purchase the day after air on channels including Apple, Xbox, Vudu, Amazon, Google, Sony and on DVD at the end of season. Finally, each episode will be available on Hulu plus with subscription and classic for free, 30 days after air.
      And if none of that works, you can always listen to it in podcast form from our website, iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and TuneIn, or on Sirius XM Insight Channel 121.

  • Patrick James Bayham

    nicely done! can’t wait!

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  • Andy

    Dr. Tyson did an interview this past November explaining the science of Interstellar (it’s a 15-20 min video on YouTube). In it, he said he had already recorded a podcast with Christopher Nolan that hadn’t been released yet. I never found it, does that podcast exist? Is Nolan’s appearance on this show that interview from last fall?

    • http://www.startalkradio.net startalkradio

      The podcast and TV version don’t exist yet… but the interview between Neil and Christopher is the one in our upcoming episode, along with additional in studio content.

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  • ChynaBoy

    T-Minus 27 minutes until mind blowing awesomeness

  • Pilar Montenegro

    So excited for this!!!!!

  • Aiden Flanagan

    Great! We all needed this show! Your fans from Cherry Valley, IL!

  • Mike Santos

    How can I watch the interviews online?

    • http://www.startalkradio.net startalkradio

      StarTalk TV StarTalk will be available with a cable subscription the day after air on TV-VOD and TV Everywhere platforms, including NateoTV.com, Xbox1, Xbox 360, Samsung Connected TVs and Roku (Apple TV launching sometime in May). It is available for purchase the day after air on channels including Apple, Xbox, Vudu, Amazon, Google, Sony and on DVD at the end of season. Finally, each episode will be available on Hulu plus with subscription and classic for free, 30 days after air.

      And if none of that works, you can always listen to it in podcast form from our website, iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and TuneIn, or on Sirius XM Insight Channel 121.

      • Carson Barry

        Just to clarify, does this mean that the audio from Star Talk TV will be released on the podcast channel? If so, I’m understanding that this will also be done 30 days after air. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

        Loving the fact that they got on the air, but I abhor cable providers. I’d pay for the show itself, which seems like an option, as it would remove the intermittent and repetitive ads. Although reconciling the fact that it used to be free with only being able to listen to the audio anyway while working (the only time I have time /and/ access) is a little difficult.

        • http://www.startalkradio.net startalkradio

          Carson, all episodes of StarTalk TV will be available as free podcasts. Usually, Monday’s TV episode will be Wednesday’s SiriusXM Insight episode and Sunday’s podcast. But the schedules won’t always match up, and sometimes our podcasts will reflect our mix of shows, like StarTalk Live! and Cosmic Queries. This also means that some TV episodes might not run as podcasts within thirty days of their TV air date.

          • Carson Barry

            Thanks much for clearing that up.

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  • Erik Nielsen

    Hope Brian Harold May CBE (Queen Guitarist, Astrophysicist) will be a future guest…..

    • Martin Hauhnar

      that’s a great idea

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  • Martin Hauhnar

    this show keeps on getting better each week