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This Sunday, Find Out Why Humans Didn’t Evolve From Monkeys

Image of homo sapien, neanderthal and chimpanzee skeletons from the American Museum of Natural History. Published: 18 October 2014

Okay. Let’s get this out of the way right up front: we did not evolve from monkeys. We had a common ancestor with monkeys, but we split off from them about 30 million years ago. We didn’t evolve from apes, either. We split off from our common ancestor with bonobos and chimpanzees about 7 million […]

A Tale of Two Comets – Siding Spring and 67P

Infrared Image of Comet Siding Spring, taken by WISE. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA Published: 14 October 2014

In the next few weeks, two comets are going to become centers of attention here on Earth. First up, on October 19th, Comet Siding Spring will brush past Mars at a range of 87,000 miles, which is about a third of the distance between the Earth and the moon. According to NASA, “Siding Spring’s nucleus […]

This Sunday: Crazy Cat Ladies, Demented Ducks, Black Holes and Hell

Photo of woman holding cats that relates to the Ig Nobel prize discussion on StarTalk Radio., Published: 11 October 2014

Have you ever heard of the Ig® Nobel Prize? I hadn’t until just last week, when we were in the studio with Marc Abrahams, the prize’s founder and the co-founder of The Annals of Improbable Research. No, it’s not a joke. It’s a real prize for real research handed out by real Nobel prize laureates […]

A Visitor from South Africa Reflects on Attending StarTalk Live!

Photo of Iwan Pieterse and Neil deGrasse Tyson backstage at StarTalk Live! on 10-3-14. Published: 7 October 2014

  Today’s guest blog post is written by Iwan Pieterse, a fan who came all the way from South Africa to visit the Hayden Planetarium and attend last week’s StarTalk Live! at The Hammerstein Ballroom. You can find out more about Iwan here. It’s not everyday even your highest expectation of something is completely surpassed. […]

This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson Explores Pseudoscience

Photo taken at the Creation Museum showing dinosaurs and a child together. Published: 4 October 2014

Scientifically speaking, how do we know what we know, and, more importantly, how do we know that we don’t know something? That’s the central theme of this Sunday’s podcast, Cosmic Queries: Psuedoscience. StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Leighann Lord dive into questions our fans have submitted (mostly from Facebook this time!) […]

Be Part of the Smartest Audience in NYC this Friday Night

Credit: Navid Baraty, courtesy of http://www.navidbaraty.com Published: 1 October 2014

After the recent back-to-back StarTalk Live! shows at The Bell House, I was talking to Mike, the club’s manager. These were his first STLs and we chatted a little about how great the audience was. He was a bit surprised at the intensity of the crowd. I know what he meant. I can still remember […]

India’s Achievement Is Humanity’s Milestone

An artists concept of India's Mars Orbiter Mission Published: 24 September 2014

There didn’t seem to be nearly as many people watching here in the U.S. as when Curiosity landed on Mars, or last Sunday night when MAVEN entered Mars orbit, but when mission control reported that India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) successfully maneuvered into orbit last night at 0230 GMT (10:30 p.m. EDT), the cheers went […]

Sunday: Discover How The X-Prize Is Making the Impossible Possible

Photo of Leonard "Bones" McCoy with a tricorder. Image Credit: Paramount Home Television Published: 20 September 2014

Back when Peter Diamandis was first on StarTalk Radio during Season 4, in Eureka! Asteroid Mining, comic co-host Chuck Nice referred to the co-founder of Planetary Resources as a “real-life James Bond villain.” And perhaps he may have seemed that way, as he described his company’s plans to capture resource-rich asteroids and exploit their mineral […]

StarTalk Live! goes “Back to the Beacon” – Fan Presale Now.

Image for StarTalk Live! with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman Published: 17 September 2014

StarTalk Live! is going back to the Beacon Theatre in NYC on Nov 18, 2014, and the fan presale started today. You can get your tickets here. Select Ticket Type “Internet Presale” and give the code: cosmic. Here’s what we know about the show so far: The show will be hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson […]

This Sunday, It All Comes Back to Joan Rivers

Two images showing Joan Rivers and her character, Dot Matrix, from 1987 movie Spaceballs, credit MGM/Getty Images, courtesy of Screencrush.com Published: 13 September 2014

We’ve had a lot of comedians as guests on StarTalk Radio. Seth Meyers. Mayim Bialik. Michael Ian Black. Seth MacFarlane. Dan Aykroyd. John Oliver. Kristen Schaal. Michael Showalter. Sarah Silverman. Jim Gaffigan. Chris Hardwick. Scott Adsit. Bill Maher. Paul F. Tompkins. Wyatt Cenac. John Hodgman. Whoopi Goldberg. Janeane Garofalo. Matt Mira. Jon Stewart. But before […]

Sunday: Peter Diamandis tells Neil Tyson what inspired the X-Prize

Photo of Peter Diamandis and Neil deGrasse Tyson by Leslie Mullen Published: 6 September 2014

Where does the inspiration to change the world come from? In the case of Peter Diamandis, the founder of the X-Prize, it started as a kid when he realized he would never be a NASA astronaut. As Peter tells Neil deGrasse Tyson this Sunday on X-Prize (Part 1), the kid who grew up watching Star […]

Here Comes the Sun…

Or perhaps you prefer 211 angstroms to better view solar flares and CMEs? Published: 3 September 2014

When was the last time you took a good, close look at the Sun? You could just walk outside and look up at the sky – please don’t do that without eye protection – but how much can you really learn from that? It seems like meteors, asteroids and comets get all the attention from […]

Astrophysics 101 – Classes begin this Sunday at 7 PM EDT

Image of Epsilon Lyrae, the Double Double star system, taken by David Darling Published: 30 August 2014

In this week’s episode of Cosmic Queries, host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host comedian Leighann Lord answer some of our fan’s most basic questions about astrophysics. But in General Astrophysics 101, basic doesn’t mean simple. For instance, “How can you measure the weight of a planet when it’s the planet itself that provides the gravitational […]

More Songs about Stars and Galaxies

Commander Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" aboard the International Space Station Published: 27 August 2014

One of the most common categories of comments we get from our fans is about the music in our episodes. Usually, it’s positive, as in, “I can’t believe I just heard (insert song title or band name).” Sometimes, it’s negative, which usually is a comment that a particular song was too commercial. But as I […]

This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson has a “Conversation with Seth Meyers”

Photo of Seth Meyers and Neil deGrasse Tyson, taken by Leslie Mullen Published: 23 August 2014

Is there a science to comedy? It’s a subject that StarTalk Radio has tackled before, with guests like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Macfarlane. In fact, comedy is “baked into our DNA” and part of our show’s formula. There are plenty of shows that are focused exclusively on science, but the StarTalk Radio formula […]

Rosetta: Closing in on History

Photo of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta on August 7 from 104 km distance Published: 20 August 2014

Recognize this picture? It’s Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen on August 7th from a distance of just 104 km by the Rosetta spacecraft. (That’s just under 65 miles away for those of us in the US, where we still haven’t joined nearly all of the rest of the world in adapting the metric system.) 65 miles! […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the heart of the COSMOS with Ann Druyan

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan reviewing script on location, taken by Sarah Mozal. Published: 16 August 2014

Did you like COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey? If you did, you owe more than you know to Ann Druyan. And this Sunday, you’ll find out just how much when Neil interviews her on StarTalk Radio. By then, we’ll know whether COSMOS took home any of the 12 Emmy® Awards it was nominated for. (While the […]

Blink and you’ll miss it… StarTalk Live! sold out again

Photo of Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman and Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Bell House after the Particle Party 7-11-12 Published: 13 August 2014

Tickets for StarTalk Live! at The Bell House went on sale at 1:00 PM EDT last Friday, 8/8/14. For the first time ever, we’re doing two shows on two consecutive nights, as part of this year’s Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. 9/21 is StarTalk Live! with guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, and on 9/22 […]

This Sunday, StarTalk Visits the Planet of the Apes

Poster from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, starring Andy Serkis, who is interviewed on StarTalk Radio by Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 9 August 2014

  “Take your stinking hands off me you damn dirty ape.” Turns out that Charlton Heston’s initial impression of apes may have been right. They commit murder, they’ll mug each other for a piece of fruit, they beat each other to death with sticks, and they organize for aggression and to capture territory. And that’s […]

The Need for Space: Youth Leadership Conference

Photo of GOALS Girls presenting their projects at the Youth Leadership Conference Published: 6 August 2014

Today’s guest blog post is from StarTalk Volunteer Megan Bednarz, who works at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex as an educator and part of their Community Engagement Team. In the midst of the Intrepid Museum’s annual Space & Science Festival, Camp GOALS for Girls hosted one of its most exciting Youth Leadership […]

This Sunday – the Conclusion of StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Dr. Heather Berlin and Mayim Bialik on stage at StarTalk Live! at BAM Published: 2 August 2014

All good things must eventually come to an end, and StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM is no exception. This Sunday, we present our unprecedented Part 3 of our exploration of the inner workings of the human brain. As host Neil deGrasse Tyson says at the beginning of this episode, we’ve never done a 3-part […]

Reporting from the Antares Orb-2 Launch on the Student Science Experiments Program

Photo of SSEP students with Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Credit - Ken Kremer Published: 29 July 2014

Today’s guest post is written by StarTalk Radio’s Social Media Coordinator, Stacey Severn, who was at the Antares Orb-2 launch Sunday, July 13 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. On the morning of the Antares Orb-2 launch, StarTalk Radio and the media were treated to a presentation by a very special group of […]

“You can’t joke about Anencephaly” – Preview Big Brains at BAM Part 2

Photo of Heather Berlin, Mayim Bialik and Neil deGrasse Tyson taken by Elliot Severn. Published: 26 July 2014

“You can’t joke about Anencephaly.” There may be no more qualified person on the planet to say that than Mayim Bialik. As a real life neuroscientist who plays one on the hit TV comedy, The Big Bang Theory, Mayim knows where the lines are. She knows what’s funny when it comes to dealing with people […]

Exclusive Apollo 11 Bonus Material Added to StarTalk Radio Season 1 for #Apollo45

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson hosting Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Gala, courtesy of NASA Published: 23 July 2014

One of the fun parts of working at StarTalk Radio is getting to search through our old material to find things that ended up on the cutting room floor. (Does that phrase even mean anything anymore in this age of digital files?) For the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (#Apollo45), we went […]

You Don’t Have To Be Born Before 1969 To Remember Apollo 11 #Apollo45

Photo of Apollo 8 Earthrise tattoo, submitted by Tim Forster Published: 20 July 2014

Today’s guest post is by Sarah Cotten, collected on the StarTalk Radio Tumblr page. July 20th, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. It was a defining day for history, one that left so many Americans in awe around their television sets, daring them to dream about outer space. Everybody has a […]

Big Brain Theory: StarTalk Live! at BAM Part 1 This Sunday

Photo from StarTalk Live! at BAM showing Dr. Heather Berlin, Mayim Bialik, and Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 19 July 2014

  If you didn’t attend StarTalk Live! at BAM earlier this year, and somebody told you that the two science guests that evening were Dr. Heather Berlin, an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Mayim Bialik, who plays neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, you might be a […]

Lineup Announced for StarTalk Live! in Provincetown 7/23/14 8PM

Flyer for StarTalk Live! at Provincetown, 7/23/14 featuring guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, co-host Eugene Mirman and special guests Scott Adsit and David Gallo. Published: 16 July 2014

If you’re lucky enough to be able to join us for StarTalk Live! in Provincetown on July 23, you’re going to get to attend a bit of a reunion. That’s because guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Eugene Mirman will be joined on stage by actor and comedian Scott Adsit. Scott […]

Robot overlords or humanity’s explorers? Find out Sunday with guest host Dr. Amy Mainzer

Artist's concept of OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Published: 12 July 2014

Robot overlords or humanity’s explorers? With names like OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa (“peregrine falcon” in Japanese), you might be forgiven for assuming these space probes were the former. In fact, they are both sample return missions that guest host Dr. Amy Mainzer tells comic co-host Chuck Nice all about in this week’s StarTalk Radio podcast, Cosmic […]

For those of us who weren’t alive when Apollo 11 landed on the moon…

Photo of Neil Armstrong taking the first step onto the moon. Credit: NASA Published: 9 July 2014

The 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon July 20, 1969 is fast approaching, and it seems everyone is talking about where they were when Neil Armstrong took that first, small step. But, as our Social Media Assistant Sarah Cotten pointed out when we were discussing it, the only people who know what […]

You Can Watch StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest on YouTube…Right Now!

Photo of StarTalk Live! onstage at SF Sketchfest, showing, from left to right, Eugene Mirman, Seth Shostak, Dave Foley, and Bill Nye Published: 2 July 2014

If you weren’t in the audience for StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest earlier this year – and after all, how many of us were able to get out to San Francisco? – you might have been bummed out that you missed the show. Well, prepare to get un-bummed-out, because now you can watch guest host […]

Travel from the Bronx to the Stars with Madame Saturn and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Natural color image of Saturn taken by Cassini, Oct. 10, 2013. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Cornell Published: 28 June 2014

If you’re not from a major city, you might not understand what it’s like the first time you go to a planetarium and see a sky full of stars. To a city kid, the nighttime sky is empty, the glow from the urban sprawl drowning out all but the brightest stars, which, in all likelihood, […]

Have You Ever Wondered What Life Would Be Like In Space?

Shown: Saturn's Rings from the Other Side. Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Published: 24 June 2014

Today’s guest blog post comes from Lila Hitzig, StarTalk Radio’s first high school summer intern. Today, she’s writing about listening to our episode, “Cosmic Queries: Human Endurance in Space” with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice. Do you ever take the time to sit back, look up at the stars, and wonder […]

Explore the Impact of Humanity on Planet Earth with Dr. FunkySpoon this Sunday

Satellite image of Earth, credit NASA Published: 21 June 2014

Is humanity a virus that has spread across the face of the Earth? That’s just one of the Cosmic Queries that co-host Chuck Nice throws at guest host planetary scientist and astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon in this Sunday’s episode of StarTalk Radio. And they don’t get any less serious. For example, “Which human activity is […]

Announcing Upcoming StarTalk Live! Shows in Seattle, Provincetown and New York

Neil deGrasse Tyson leaning on Bill Nye the Science Guy, Photo Credit: © Elliot Severn, All rights reserved Published: 19 June 2014

Heads up! We don’t have all the details on these upcoming StarTalk Live! shows yet, but we wanted to put them on your radar screen. The NY Comic Con show is hosted by Neil, the Provincetown and Seattle shows are hosted by Bill. All of them are co-hosted by Eugene. Provincetown, MA – July 23, […]

Cosmic Queries becomes COSMOS Queries this Sunday!

Image of The Ship of the Imagination exploring Saturn's giant moon, Titan,from the COSMOS episode, "Some of the things Molecules Do". Credit: FOX Published: 14 June 2014

Normally, for Cosmic Queries, we tell you when we’re going to be recording a show on a specific topic, and you send us your questions for Neil deGrasse Tyson, or a guest host like Bill Nye, or Dr. David Grinspoon, or Dr. Amy Mainzer. But we didn’t need to ask you to send us your […]

Astronaut Central: Space Stories at The Explorers Club Oct. 25th

Apollo 16 Astronaut Charlie Young exploring Plum Crater on the Moon Published: 11 June 2014

Today’s guest post is written by StarTalk Radio’s Social Media Coordinator, Stacey Severn, who is also an advisor to The Explorers Club’s Space Advisory Committee and one of the organizers of the upcoming “Space Stories” event. Mark Oct. 25, 2014 on your calendars for a special all-day event focusing on the history of human spaceflight […]

Are you excited for StarTalk Live! at the Beacon tonight? We are…

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman at StarTalk Live, taken by Stacey Severn Published: 5 June 2014

It’s hard to describe the excitement that goes on when we do StarTalk Live! It’s a bit hectic, a bit crazy. But the moment that Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman step out on stage, everything just clicks into place. Tonight’s show is at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, our largest venue so […]

Sunday: More Space. More Science. More Bill Nye.

Photo of Bill Nye the Science Guy, who now guest hosts for Neil deGrasse Tyson on StarTalk Radio. Published: 31 May 2014

If you grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy, you have a certain picture in your head. The science teacher we all wished we had, in a light blue lab coat with a funky bow tie, blowing your mind with science. (Even if you’re more the Mr. Wizard generation, you still know what I’m […]

Tomorrow: Manhattanhenge at Sunset, Stargazing at Night!

Manhattanhenge, a photo by Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 28 May 2014

  Can you be two places at once tomorrow night? I only ask because you may be torn between two celestial options tomorrow, Thursday May 29th. That’s because tomorrow is both the return of Manhattanhenge and Astronomy Night on the Intrepid as part of the World Science Festival. First of all, a brief explanation of […]

Sunday on StarTalk Radio: Darkons, Repelatrons, and Fun with Physics

Photo of StarTalk Radio guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Chuck Nice in studio. Published: 23 May 2014

By the time you’re done listening to this Sunday’s podcast, Cosmic Queries: Space and Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy, you will know the following things about him: What his favorite ice cream flavor is, and why it’s the best flavor. Why you can’t watch too much Star Trek, and that Bill could quit […]

StarTalk Radio Space and Science Tumblr Spotlight

Screen capture of The StarTalk Radio Tumblr page Published: 21 May 2014

Today’s guest blog post is by StarTalk Radio Social Media Assistant Sarah Cotten, who manages our Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest channels. Are you following us on Tumblr yet? If you are, you’ve already seen some of the fantastic pages that I’ve been reblogging from. If you haven’t, go check us out! There’s some great content […]

This Sunday Night, a Bit of Honest Journalism… for a Change

Miles O'Brien and Walter Cronkite. Image Credit: milesobrien.com Published: 16 May 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Do journalists care about accuracy?” Miles O’Brien: “Such a quaint notion. I remember the time when we actually had facts and checked them…” That’s how Part 2 of Reporting on Science starts. By the time it’s over, we’ve gotten even more frank, honest discussion about what’s wrong with journalism than there was […]

Two New StarTalk Episodes in a Single Week? Yes!

Neil deGrasse Tyson leaning on Bill Nye the Science Guy, Photo Credit: © Elliot Severn, All rights reserved Published: 14 May 2014

We’re all pretty excited here at StarTalk Radio this week. First of all, this past Sunday’s episode, Reporting on Science (Part 1) with Neil, veteran science journalist Miles O’Brien and Chuck Nice, is turning out to be one of our more popular podcasts. We can’t wait for you to hear part 2 of the interview, which […]

Surprise Guests Are Part of the Fun at StarTalk Live!

Photo: Empty Stage, BAM, 2-24-14 by Jeffrey Lee Simons Published: 7 May 2014

Part of the fun of going to StarTalk Live! is that you never know who’s going to show up on stage… even when you think you know. This past Sunday, lucky StarTalk fans got treated to an extra surprise, when Dr. David Grinspoon, aka Dr. FunkySpoon, showed up as a surprise science guest at the […]

This Sunday, Dr. Amy Mainzer and Chuck Nice “Rock” StarTalk Radio

Photo of Chuck Nice and Dr. Amy Mainzer from StarTalk Radio, by Laura Berland. Published: 3 May 2014

This week, StarTalk Radio welcomes Dr. Amy Mainzer to the ranks of “Science All-Stars” who are courageously filling in for host Neil deGrasse Tyson on those occasions when he’s been off working on the new COSMOS series on FOX. As an astrophysicist who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Amy is the ideal guide to […]

Geeking Out at PAX East

Photo of PAX East 2011 Expo Hall taken by StarTalk Radio Social Media Assistant Sarah C. Published: 30 April 2014

Today’s guest blog post is by StarTalk Radio Social Media Assistant Sarah Cotten, who manages our Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest channels and, as you’re about to find out, is a bit of a geek: About three weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending PAX East, up in Boston, MA. I’ve gone every year, since […]

Your Questions about Quantum Entanglement, Cosmic Bruising and More This Sunday

NASA image of collision between Andromeda and Milky Way Galaxies as seen from earth. Published: 26 April 2014

  Cosmic bruises… Quantum entanglement… Gravitational lensing… Ion drives… Asteroid mining… Evaporating black holes… Expanding universes and colliding galaxies… The search for atmospheric biomarkers on exoplanets… No, this isn’t science fiction… it’s the frontier of science in 2014. And tomorrow night, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman tick off a few of […]

From “Earthrise” to #GlobalSelfies…

Image showing some of the 22 languages in which NASA created their "#GlobalSelfie" signs. Published: 23 April 2014

  “Earthrise” – the iconic photograph of Earth taken from lunar orbit on Dec. 24, 1968 by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders – is often considered to be one of the most important – and reproduced – photographs ever taken. It was the first time we ever actually saw Earth floating in the vastness of […]

Worlds Collide this Sunday when Neil deGrasse Tyson Has a COSMOS Conversation

Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of both StarTalk Radio and the new COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey on FOX. Credit: FOX. Published: 19 April 2014

Have you been watching the new COSMOS series on FOX and wondered why the show seems to focus so much on the history of science? Or maybe you want to know why the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey utilizes so much more animation than the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage did? You’re in luck, because […]

Black Holes, Alien Gummy Bears & Conspiracy Theories – This Sunday on StarTalk!

Alien Bear Courtesy of Wikia, posted by Bas Slinger Published: 12 April 2014

As I’ve written before, we get more science questions from our fans than Neil can possibly ever answer. Sure, he’s your personal astrophysicist, and you have every right to ask him anything you want, but there are a lot of you. So these questions just pile up and pile up until we can answer them […]

Visit StarTalk Radio at the 2014 Northeast Astronomy Forum this weekend!

A shot of the exhibit floor at The Northeast Astronomy Forum Published: 9 April 2014

StarTalk Radio will be back at NEAF this weekend, April 12-13th. Once again, Neil won’t be with us manning the booth, but he will be at the show… sort of. He’ll be on the big screen as part of a special live video presentation and Q&A about the new COSMOS series on FOX… So who […]

This Sunday, Explore Venus with Dr. FunkySpoon

Talking science at StarTalk Live: Astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon and Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo Credit: ©Stacey Severn. Published: 5 April 2014

Ask most people who Dr. FunkySpoon is and you’ll be met with blank stares. But if you listen to StarTalk Radio, you’re probably as big a fan of David Grinspoon as we are. We first got to know Dr. Grinspoon during one of our most popular StarTalk Live! shows ever back in September of 2012. […]

From Mars to Meteors, April Is a Great Month for Looking Up

True-color photo of Mars from Hubblesite.org Published: 2 April 2014

From the largest worldwide celebration of astronomy, to a close-up of Mars, a lunar eclipse, and the Lyrid Meteor Shower, if the weather cooperates, this month could be a great month for getting outside and celebrating the cosmos. Global Astronomy Month To start with, it’s Global Astronomy Month, the worldwide celebration of astronomy sponsored by […]

This Week’s Classic Episode on Ebola, Viruses and Outbreaks Is More Timely than Ever

Photo Credit: MGVP/UC Davis Published: 28 March 2014

  In between discoveries of new dwarf planets in the Oort Cloud and primordial gravitational waves and black holes and postponed rocket launches, you might have missed a bit of news: there’s an Ebola outbreak spreading across west Africa. At one point, there was even a fear that it had spread to Canada, where a […]

Anything interesting happen today?

These images show the discovery of 2012 VP113 taken about 2 hours apart on Nov. 5, 2012. Published: 26 March 2014

“So, anything interesting happen today?” “Well, they announced the discovery of a new dwarf planet, 2012 VP113, that’s further away from the Sun than Pluto.” “Wow. That must be the most exciting day for you space nuts in quite a while.” “Not really. Last week they announced they discovered evidence of “primordial gravitational waves” that […]

This Sunday, Morpheus Gives Neil deGrasse Tyson the Red Pill

Image still of Morpheus from “The Matrix.” Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Published: 22 March 2014

What does it take to get Neil deGrasse Tyson to go all fan-boy geek? Not much. Just ship him off to Santa Fe to shoot COSMOS and then tell him Laurence Fishburne is in town filming a new indie sci-fi flick, The Signal. You see, Neil is a total Matrix fan boy. Like, a “memorize […]

Science Makes Lousy Sound Bites.

Shown: actual B-mode pattern observed with the BICEP2 telescope. Published: 19 March 2014

Science is hot again. It’s more than hot… it’s popular. On Monday, astronomers announced that they have discovered evidence of “primordial gravitational waves” that support the theory of an inflationary big bang at the dawn of our Universe. Of course, if you tried to watch the live streaming announcement from Harvard, you most likely couldn’t […]

Go Behind the Scenes for this Sunday’s Episode of StarTalk Radio

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman in the recording studio for StarTalk Radio Published: 15 March 2014

Judging from the amount of questions you submit to us on the depiction of science in the movies and on TV, on top of all the questions we get about science fiction, it’s clearly a favorite topic of yours. And we’re not just talking about the questions we ask you to submit when we know […]

The Best Thing About Watching COSMOS

Photo of Carl Sagan's autographed book for Neil deGrasse Tyson Published: 12 March 2014

  Confession: I didn’t watch COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey on Sunday night when millions of people around the world did. That’s because I promised my 9-year-old daughter that we would watch it together as a family, and we didn’t get that opportunity until Tuesday night. You see, my daughter is a big fan of Neil’s, […]

While the Cat’s Away… Bill Nye Guest Hosts on StarTalk this Sunday

Photo of StarTalk Radio guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and guest NASA astronaut Mike Massimino Published: 8 March 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play?” Well, our host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is certainly one cool cat. I’m not sure Bill Nye the Science Guy, Eugene Mirman and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino qualify as mice, but while Neil’s was working on the new COSMOS series on FOX, […]

It’s Time for StarTalk Radio Cosmic Quips and Clips: Comedy

Norm MacDonald on Late Show with David Letterman_Copyright CBS. All rights reserved. Published: 26 February 2014

It’s time for another installment of StarTalk Radio Cosmic Quips and Clips from our comedy contributor, Dan Perlman. For those of you who don’t know, the videos in our Cosmic Quips and Clips playlist are our favorite videos where comedy collides with science and pop culture which Dan has found for us on YouTube. (As […]

Did you know that StarTalk Radio has a YouTube channel?

In-Studio photo for StarTalk Radio, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, on YouTube Published: 19 February 2014

Why would a podcast and radio show have a YouTube Channel, you may ask? Well, I started out shooting “Behind the Scenes” videos during the first recording sessions I sat in on when I joined the StarTalk Team, using what we fondly refer to as “ShakyCam” (a handheld compact digital camera). But over time, we’ve […]

Tomorrow night: Neil meets the MythBusters

Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman Published: 15 February 2014

Why do we love MythBusters? While I was listening to this week’s episode, where astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down in his office with MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, it occurred to me that the reason we love the show is that we love it when we see science in action. Science that burns […]

Be the Lucky Fan Who Comes Backstage at StarTalk Live 2-24-14!

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michael Tseng backstage at StarTalk Live 11-4-13 Published: 12 February 2014

Do you know this person? He’s Michael Tseng, and he was the lucky fan whose question was picked and who got to come backstage at StarTalk Live last Nov. 4, 2013. Is it your turn this time? All you need to do is come up with the absolutely best Cosmic Query to ask Neil deGrasse […]

The answer to every one of this week’s Cosmic Queries is… Science.

Illustration of science arising from the mind of man Published: 8 February 2014

One of the fun things about being in the studio for our Cosmic Queries episodes is watching how Neil responds to some of the questions. Sometimes, the more “out there” the better. Take this Sunday’s episode, “A Powerful Potpourri.” The first question co-host Chuck asks Neil to answer comes from a fan who believes in […]

Don’t miss Neil deGrasse Tyson’s exclusive “Conversation with God”

Detail from the Sistine Chapel ceiling – “The creation of the Sun, Moon and Planets” by Michelangelo Published: 1 February 2014

I admit it. The least likely interview I ever thought I’d hear Neil deGrasse Tyson do is with God. After all, God has got to be considered one of the toughest “gets” in the business. Then again, Neil interviewed Morgan Freeman, who has played God – twice – so maybe Morgan put in a good […]

This Week’s Question: Can the US create a National Park on the Moon?

The Lunar Rover as seen from the Apollo 17 Lunar Module. Credit: NASA Published: 29 January 2014

Yellowstone. Yosemite. Tranquility Base? If Representative Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4] and the US Congress pass the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, then some day Americans may be spending their summer vacations visiting the Lunar surface and oohing and aahing at Mons Huygens or snapping selfies with the Earth in the background. The bill “requires the […]

This Sunday, We’re Back with Cosmic Queries Science Fiction – The Sequel

Image of The Professor, Gilligan, the Skipper and the coconut-powered radio on Gilligan's Island Published: 25 January 2014

Science fiction double feature Doctor X will build a creature See androids fighting Brad and Janet Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet Wo oh oh oh oh oh At the late night, double feature, picture show – Lyrics from “Science Fiction/Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show No, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is […]

Announcing Our New StarTalk Radio Survey: Who Owns Space?

Image of astronaut claiming asteroid for StarTalk survey, Who Owns Space? Published: 22 January 2014

Who owns space? Can a corporation claim an asteroid? Can a country establish a national park on the Moon? If your satellite crashes into my space station, can I sue? The idea for our newest survey started last Spring, when we asked you for questions about asteroids for our episode, Cosmic Queries: Asteroids, Comets and […]

StarTalk Radio Survey: Who Owns Space?

Image credit: Harrison ‘Jack’ Schmitt, American Flag, and Earth (Apollo 17 EVA-1) / NASA. Published: 21 January 2014

The exploration of space is entering a new era. China has a rover on the Moon. Private industry is contemplating a colony on Mars. Corporations are planning to mine near-Earth asteroids for minerals. The US Congress introduced a bill to turn the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites into a national historic park. Nations from India to […]

Why Don’t We Have Space Elevators Yet? Find Out Sunday Night.

Image of space elevator concept by artist Pat Rawling, courtesy of NASA. Published: 18 January 2014

Why don’t we have space elevators yet? Are private companies going to be the main pioneers of Space Tourism rather than governments? How can we be space tourists when most tourists would be puking? Will space tourism help or hinder actual space exploration? Why would any tourists want to go to Mars? What is there […]

In Memoriam: John Dobson (1915 – 2014)

Photo of John Dobson and Elliot Severn in front of a Dobsonian telescope. Published: 15 January 2014

This post comes from Stacey Severn, our Social Media Coordinator and an amateur astronomer who has been building the StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community of academic and scientific organizations, programming groups, schools and astronomy clubs that will help promote excitement and interest in STEM education. As a member of the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society in Stratford […]

Season Five begins with… The Starry Night?

StarTalk Radio Starry Night Published: 11 January 2014

A starry night or The Starry Night? Why not enjoy both? As astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says in answer to a fan’s question in this Sunday’s Season 5 premiere, Cosmic Queries: Art and Science, his appreciation of art enhances his capacity to appreciate the splendor and beauty of the art of the cosmos. The intersection […]

The Best Laid Plans, or, Space Is a Dangerous Business

Antares and Cygnus at dusk - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Photo by Elliot Severn of The Spaceflight Group Published: 8 January 2014

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the best laid plans of Orbital Sciences and SpaceX altered by unforeseen circumstances. Back in December, Orbital Science’s first cargo run to the ISS was postponed until astronauts could fix the station’s malfunctioning cooling system. The flight of the Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft was rescheduled until […]

Tomorrow Night! Season 4 Time Capsule Part 2: Cosmic Queries

Dark Matter Visualization courtesy of SDSC and NPACI Visualization Services. Published: 4 January 2014

A thirst for knowledge. A need for understanding. Or just a desire to have complicated concepts explained to us by someone who is able to make the complexities of our universe a little easier to comprehend. Welcome to Cosmic Queries, the StarTalk Radio episodes built by you, for you, wherein your own personal astrophysicist, Neil […]

Space Shuttle + Aircraft Carrier + Astronomers = ?

Guests inside the Intrepid Sea, AIr and Space Museum's Space Shuttle Pavilion with the Enterprise orbiter. Published: 1 January 2014

Today’s guest blog post is from StarTalk Volunteer Megan Bednarz, who works at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex as an educator and part of their Community Engagement Team.  What do you get when you mix the Enterprise orbiter, the flight deck of the USS Intrepid, a Space Shuttle Pavilion full of astronomy […]

What Were the Top 10 “Most Listened To” StarTalk Radio Episodes of 2013?

Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Published: 18 December 2013

The snow is on the ground. The chill is in the air. The Geminids have come and gone and the calendar is winding down. And that means it’s time for the Top 10 “Most Listened To” Episodes of 2013. The results are actually a little surprising, because 6 of our Top 10 most listened to […]

Expect the Unexpected: The Season 4 Time Capsule (Part 1)

Photo Credit: Daniel Johnson Published: 14 December 2013

If there was a unifying theme to the episodes you chose for our Season 4 Time Capsule, it may be this: Expect the unexpected. Not from the comedians. Everyone expects Sarah Silverman to come up with classic lines like “No Jews on Mars.” But who could have predicted that, with both Eugene Mirman and John […]

Saving the best for last? Watch the Geminids this Friday night!

Composite image of the Geminids from 2004 by Fred Bruenjes, courtesy of Sky & Telescope. Published: 11 December 2013

Could the last major meteor shower of 2013, the Geminids, be the best? We’ll find out Friday night! The Geminids peak on the night of Dec 13 thru the morning of December 14th. There is reason to hope, in spite of the possibility of clouds and the presence of a waxing gibbous moon, three days […]

This Sunday, Science Fiction Meets Science Fact. Guess What Wins?

Image from Star Wars as Millenium Falcon jumps to light speed Published: 7 December 2013

A while back, when we asked you for questions about the science in science fiction for this week’s Cosmic Queries, you came up with far more questions than we could possibly answer. And some of them were really excellent, thought provoking ones. For instance, if we could travel through time, would we be able to […]

New Frontiers for StarTalk Radio: Tumblr and Instagram

Photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene demonstrating the physics of Gravity, the movie onstage at StarTalk Live Published: 5 December 2013

Today’s guest blog post is by Sarah Cotten, StarTalk Radio’s newest volunteer. She’s now managing our Pinterest channel, and has started a StarTalk Radio Tumblr and StarTalk Radio Instagram, too. They’re all works in progress, but if you’re so inclined, please check them out. And now, without further ado, meet Sarah: You know what I […]

For Thanksgiving, catch up on this classic, yet tasty episode: A Seat at the Table with Anthony Bourdain (Part 1)

Photo Credit: Leslie Mullen Published: 23 November 2013

This Sunday, for Thanksgiving, we’re revisiting a classic episode of StarTalk Radio that’s all about food, and might feel a little like some of your holiday meals. That’s because your host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, has invited two very different kinds of foodie to the feast: celebrity chef, author, world traveler and host of Parts Unknown, Anthony […]

Our Fans Have Spoken: Results of the Season 4 StarTalk Radio Fan Favorite Poll

Photo Credit: NASA Published: 20 November 2013

Thank you for all of your responses to our Season 4 StarTalk Radio Fan Favorite Poll. It’s no surprise that StarTalk Live episodes were among our most popular episodes, or that astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Mike Massimino were your favorite guests. (That’s two years in a row that Mike has been your second favorite guest.) […]

What To Do Instead Of Not Watching The Leonids This Weekend

Photo of The 2001 Leonid Meteor Shower, by Yukio Sanuki, courtesy of NASA Published: 13 November 2013

Curse you, Full Moon! First, you make it virtually impossible to see the Orionids last month, even though for once we had clear skies. And now, this weekend, you plan to fill our skies with reflected light (it’s not even your own light, for Sol’s sake!) and obscure all but the brightest of the Leonid […]

Spoiler Alert! This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Mike Massimino Discuss Gravity

Neil deGrasse Tyson and astronaut Mike Massimino discuss the movie, Gravity Published: 10 November 2013

When we recorded Cosmic Queries: Gravity, the Movie a few weeks ago, comic co-host Chuck Nice wasn’t the only person who hadn’t seen the movie. But there was no way Neil and our guest, 2-time Space Shuttle astronaut Mike Massimino, could answer your questions without spilling the beans on some of what happened in the […]

Where Were You When You Fell In Love With Space?

Image from Dark Universe at the Hayden Planetarium Published: 6 November 2013

  Where were you when you fell in love with space? Not merely looked up, but felt your heart swell with the majesty of the cosmos? For some, it was lying on a plush green carpet of grass looking up at a star-filled sky on a warm summer night. For others, it was walking along […]

This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson Answers Your Questions about UFOs

Promotional poster for the 1950 film “The Flying Saucer.” Credit: Colonial Productions Published: 2 November 2013

I was watching Neil deGrasse Tyson on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO last night, and he mentioned that the Pacific Ocean is the great “toilet bowl” for dumping space objects into when we de-orbit satellites. One of the other guests, Rob Reiner, gave him a quizzical look, but Neil didn’t have time to […]

Revisiting Storms of Our Century a Year After Sandy

Satellite image of Superstorm Sandy Making Landfall, NASA Published: 30 October 2013

  One year ago this morning, here in the Northeast we woke up to the devastation that Sandy left in its wake. Most of the StarTalk team live in and around NYC, in lower Manhattan, out on Long Island, or here in NJ where I live. We woke up without power, without water, without heat, […]