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Join StarTalk Radio in Celebrating World Space Week 2015

Logo for World Space Week 2015, courtesy of Published: 3 October 2015

World Space Week starts tomorrow, Oct. 4 and runs until Oct. 10. What is World Space Week, you may ask? It was started in 1999 with a resolution by the United Nations: “The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space […]

Is Mars the kind of place to raise your kids? Find out Friday.

Artists concept of a Mars colony. Credit: NASA Ames Research Center, courtesy of Wikipedia.. Published: 30 September 2015

Mars is in the news again, thanks to NASA’s announcement Monday of the discovery of evidence that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. Does this discovery make it more likely that we’ll be colonizing Mars in the future? That’s exactly the kind of question we’d expect you to ask Neil deGrasse Tyson in this […]

Are You Ready for Part 2 of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “A Conversation with Edward Snowden?”

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson interviewing Edward Snowden via telepresence, taken by Carlos Valdes-Lora. Published: 23 September 2015

Last week, in Part 1 of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with whistleblower Edward Snowden – via robotic telepresence from Moscow – much of the conversation focused on the U.S. Constitution and the 4th Amendment. This week, the two self-defined geeks dive into some serious math as Edward tells Neil how cryptography works, from asymmetric encryption […]

Have you ever been to StarTalk Live! What are you doing Monday night?

Neil deGrasse Tyson leaning on Bill Nye the Science Guy, Photo Credit: © Elliot Severn, All rights reserved Published: 19 September 2015

If you’ve never attended a StarTalk Live! show, you’ve been missing out on a unique experience. Think of it. An entire theatre filled with people who are there because they are into science. – just like you. A stage filled with people who are only there because they’re smart, or they’re funny – or sometimes, […]

This Friday, on our new night, Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with Edward Snowden

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and his guest Edward Snowden, taken by Josh Bell, ACLU. Published: 15 September 2015

As we told you last week, StarTalk Radio podcasts move from Sundays to Friday nights starting this Friday, September 18th. And as we also told you, we’d have a very special guest. That guest is whistleblower Edward Snowden. Now normally in my show preview blog posts I tell you what’s on tap for the episode. […]

Who knew poison could be so funny? Find out Sunday night.

StarTalk Live! Parasites and Poisons at the Bell House. From left: Eugene Mirman, Jessica Williams, H. Jon Benjamin, Mark Siddall, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Published: 12 September 2015

Who knew poison could be so funny? And not just poison. The parasites that live in your eyelashes and the beetles that get elephants drunk and the leeches that don’t like how Neil deGrasse Tyson tastes. Now look, I’m not really saying that parasites and poison and infectious diseases are funny. But on a warm […]

Big News! The StarTalk Podcast Is Moving to Friday Night

Artwork of moving fan for blog post announcing that StarTalk podcast is moving to Friday nights. Published: 9 September 2015

Starting September 18th, the StarTalk Radio Show podcast will be posted at 7:00 PM every Friday night. It’s not that we don’t like Sunday nights… we do. But starting on October 25th, StarTalk TV on the National Geographic Channel is moving to Sunday night. So we’re going to space things out a bit, so to speak, […]

More of a good thing! New content added to Neil Tyson’s Oliver Sacks interview

Photo by Bill Hayes of Oliver Sacks at work taken in February 2015, courtesy of Published: 5 September 2015

Oliver Sacks was a storyteller, and a scientist. Through the stories he told, he expanded our understanding of what the human mind is capable of. He is perhaps most famous for his book, Awakenings, which was also made into an Oscar-nominated movie with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, which chronicles Sacks’ successful effort to […]

StarTalk Fans: GeekWrapped is running a contest just for you!

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Feeling a little geeky? On the prowl for a nerdy gadget or gizmo to add to your collection? Or maybe you’ve got a “friend” you know would love to have his or her own personal home planetarium? Now’s your chance to win an astronomy or science themed gift from GeekWrapped – and all you have […]

This Sunday, there’s no excuse for missing our Extended Classic: A Conversation with God

Detail from Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, for the StarTalk Radio Extended Classic Podcast, A Conversation with God. Published: 28 August 2015

On the evening of February 2, 2014, people in the United States and around the world were glued in front of their television sets, watching the Seattle Seahawks win their first Super Bowl by crushing the Denver Broncos 43-8. Coincidentally, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s guest on that night’s StarTalk Radio podcast was actually on many people’s […]