How much do politics, economics, competition and fear impact NASA? Find out when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Prof. John Logsdon discuss the space program, from the Cold War to the present day.
Why did the US really go into space? Why did the Apollo program end early? Find out when Neil deGrasse Tyson digs into the history of space exploration with Prof. John Logsdon.
Can’t tell the difference between asteroids, comets, meteoroids, meteors and meteorites? Never fear… Neil deGrasse Tyson explains them all in this episode of Cosmic Queries.
Take off for an asteroid with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Peter Diamandis, the co-founder of Planetary Resources and the man with the plan to mine asteroids for profit and progress.
Part 2 of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with chef Anthony Bourdain is all about cooking and eating, from molecular cooking to food safety to the new “Nose to Tail” movement.
How can a dish be fit for a king in one country and for the garbage in another? Find out when Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with world traveler, author and chef Anthony Bourdain.
Join us for an out-of-this-world episode of Cosmic Queries when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson provides down-to-earth answers to fan questions about aliens.
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with Alan Rickman concludes with a discussion of “the mysterious mechanism of acting and theatre and storytelling” and the use of special effects in the Harry Potter movies.
In Part 1, Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with Alan Rickman about the craft of acting, the problems with the education system, and how he chooses and prepares for roles.
It’s time for a new episode of Cosmic Queries, where Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan questions about photons, tachyons, the speed of light, the physics of the universe and time itself.
Join Neil deGrasse Tyson and astrobiologist Dr. FunkySpoon as we explore our surprising, funky Solar System, from Mercury to Pluto and what lies between. With Eugene Mirman, Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan.
StarTalk Live descends on The Bell House to celebrate the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, Eugene Mirman and Dr. David Grinspoon.
Enjoy the most memorable moments in a season worth remembering, pulled from the five most popular episodes as chosen by our audience.
In this Cosmic Queries episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan questions about exploration, from the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of the galaxy and even to other dimensions.
The geek out at San Diego Comic-Con continues when Neil deGrasse Tyson, Baba Booey and Bad Astronomer Phil Plait turn from gadgets that exist to gadgets we dream about.
Join us from San Diego Comic-Con 2012 for a gadget geek-out when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Baba Booey, Nerdist Chris Hardwick, and the Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait.
Get into the spirit (or should we say science?) of the season when Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic Chuck Nice answer fan questions about winter and the holidays.
What are the facts behind the most common doomsday predictions? Get ready to have your mind blown as Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the apocalypse.
Is humanity on the cusp of momentous change? Neil deGrasse Tyson and futurists Jason Silva and Melissa Sterry explore the possibilities that lie at the intersection of technology, human biology and urban planning.
Neil deGrasse Tyson takes us where no fan has gone before: an exclusive interview with Star Trek: TNG stars LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.
In this Cosmic Queries episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan questions about radio and microwave telescopes, from the Hubble to the VLA to the James Webb Space Telescope.
The StarTalk Live “Particle Party” celebrating the discovery of the Higgs boson continues with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye the Science Guy, CERN physicist Kyle Cranmer, comic co-host Eugene Mirman, Sarah Vowell and Scott Adsit.
How does Neil deGrasse Tyson celebrate the discovery of the Higgs boson? By throwing a StarTalk Live “Particle Party” with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Kyle Cranmer, one of the CERN physicists who discovered the Higgs.
In this Cosmic Queries episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan questions about exploring the solar system, the possibility of life on Europa and black holes.
They say “Science thrives on controversy.” So do Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Maher, and Dr. David Grinspoon in Part 2 of Neil’s interview with the feisty comedian and host of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson has often been a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher. Find out what happens when the outspoken comedian returns the favor. With guest host Dr. David Grinspoon.
Our first Cosmic Queries episode: Neil deGrasse Tyson answers questions from fans and offers personal reflections in a “Tribute to Neil Armstrong.”
There’s more to games than meets the eye in Part 2 of The Science of Video Games, from evolution and economics to artificial intelligence and simulating entire galaxies. With Sims creator Will Wright and author Jeffrey Ryan.
How dangerous are video games? Do they provide value beyond entertainment? Neil finds out from video game expert Jeffrey Ryan and Sims designer Will Wright.
In “Packing for Mars Part 2” Neil asks astronaut Mike Massimino and author Mary Roach questions the press avoids: how to go to the bathroom or have sex in space.
What are the practical considerations for a NASA mission to Mars? Find out when Neil interviews NASA astronaut Mike Massimino and “Packing for Mars” author Mary Roach.
Before you add some extra flavoring to your food, sample our show on the health effects of salt.
From the French Revolution to the science of geology, this show examines how salt has been an important ingredient in human history.
In the second half of our live show at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, StarTalk geeks out on heroes, villains, and technology that’s changed the world.
Wil Wheaton, famous for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, joins StarTalk Live at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle.
Part 2 of our brainy show at the Bell House explores the psychology of astronauts and the chemistry of love.
Warning: Our live Bell House show about the human brain and consciousness could just blow your mind.
Morgan Freeman chats about space, science, and the inspiration they provide for films and for the future.
In part 2 of our December 2011 Bell House show, we discuss the dangers and dilemmas of current and future space travel.
At the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on 12/18/2011 for our second show in front of a live audience. Co-host Eugene Mirman was joined by fellow comedians Kristen Schaal and John Hodgman, while Neil brought along his NASA astronaut buddy, Mike Massimino.
Revisit some highlights of our Season 2 shows. This show includes interview excerpts with Whoopi Goldberg, John Hodgman, Nichelle Nichols, Phil Plait, and Morgan Freeman.
Whoopi Goldberg talks about her love of science, and how it eventually led to her role as Guinan on “Star Trek, The Next Generation”.
Janeane Garofalo engages in political warfare, delving into the furious debates between Democrats and Republicans and the science issues that divide them.
The Nerdist Chris Hardwick joins us for an upbeat discussion of clocks, calendars, and leaps in time.
Our Halloween special investigates the science of ghosts and other haunting phenomena.
A hit TV sitcom about science geeks? Neil talks with the co-creator and science advisor for “The Big Bang Theory.”
NASA astronaut Mike Massimino joins us to discuss the perils and promise of human space flight now and into the future.
In the second half of our live show at the Bell House in Brooklyn, Kristen Schaal, Scott Adsit, Eugene Mirman and our very special guest Alan Alda travel through time and higher dimensions.
StarTalk Radio brought science in the house at the 4th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, with Kristen Schaal, Scott Adsit, Eugene Mirman and our very special guest Alan Alda.
From the physics of sound to the healing power of song, groove to the universal sway of music with guests Moby and Jonathan Coulton.
On this ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, StarTalk Radio takes a look at the event and how it changed our lives.
Although many people debate about the use of animals in science and civilization, few argue as adamantly against their use than our guest, Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder and president of PETA.
See the Sun with new eyes as we discuss the many ways this ball of plasma illuminates our past, present and future.
Academy-award winning actor Morgan Freeman joins us for a light-hearted discussion of some of the deepest mysteries facing science today.
Holy Δx Δp ≥ ℏ/2 Batman! Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku joins us for another discussion of superheroes and the amazing physics behind their incredible powers.
Famous for her role as Star Trek’s Uhura, Nichelle Nichols discusses in part 2 of her interview how she also played a vital role in influencing the modern era of NASA.
Nichelle Nichols discusses her role as Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, and the impact that had on her life and on society.
Suze Orman shares her street smarts about math, investing and the recent economic melt-down on our show about the science of finance.
Travel back to the future for a discussion of time travel and the movies that depict such excellent adventures.
Are you on our wavelength? Learn about the many ways the electromagnetic spectrum infiltrates our lives and illuminates the universe.
From Comedy Central’s World News Headquarters in New York, Neil sits down with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show to discuss the comic (and cosmic) connections between the worlds of science and politics.
Extreme weather events dominate the news — tornadoes, hurricanes, winter snowmageddons, floods. What is fantasy and what is reality in the cultural conversation about climate?
Faster than a speeding bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? James Kakalios, physics professor and author of “The Physics of Superheroes” discusses the science behind the amazing powers of our favorite caped crusaders.
Neil, comedian co-host Leighann Lord, and Phil Plait, the “Bad Astronomer,” discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of science in the movies.
Learn about the evolution of paints, powders, perfumes and other potions as we discuss the artful science of cosmetics.
How do we know what we know? The brain is an amazing product of evolutionary engineering, but many influences can play with our perceptions.
Japan was recently hit by a triple punch: a powerful 9.0 magnitude earthquake generated a huge tsunami, which then critically damaged a nuclear power plant.
What ingredients provide “The Right Stuff” for an astronaut’s dinner? From BBQ to ice cream, we feast on food fit for the stars.
Paleontologist Peter Ward explains how life’s tendency toward self-destruction has led to massive extinction events in Earth’s history. What does the past — and the smell of rotten eggs — have to teach us about the fate of humanity?
Expert-in-everything John Hodgman addresses a range of topics, from the possibility of alien or robot invasion, to what lobsters have in common with Star Trek’s Spock.
Take a tour of the solar system with Mars Exploration Rover scientist Steve Squyres and planetary scientist Heidi Hammel.
From Aristotle’s misguided meanderings to modern open heart surgery.
In this episode, we highlight a few star moments from our constellation of past shows.
How are the universal laws of matter, energy and motion expressed on the football field?
Have you ever seen mysterious lights in the sky, or glimpsed an alien spacecraft? This show provides a probing yet playful discussion about Unidentified Flying Objects.
When tasting the first sparkling champagne, Benedictine monk Dom Perignon supposedly said, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” It’s more likely the quote originates from a late 19th century advertisement, but the sentiment is universally appealing.
While cathedrals give people a place to contemplate Heaven from our place here on Earth, astronauts on the ISS can view Earth from “the heavens” above. This show highlights the many ways the ISS is like a modern-day cathedral.
For our holiday show, Neil and his comedian co-hosts discuss the constellations of the winter sky, the star of Bethlehem, and the physics of Santa. Seth MacFarlane and other special guests call in to comment on the science of the season.
Do sci-fi classics like Star Trek provide a glimpse into future trends and styles? Neil chats with stylist James Aguiar about the science fiction and facts of fashion.
Jon Stewart is the first guest of the new season. He and Neil discuss the Daily Show book, Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race.
What’s so funny about space and science? In our season finale, the cosmic and comic converge with comedian Joan Rivers.
What price do we put on knowledge? How does it profit a man if he learns about the universe, but goes to bed hungry?
Attempts by scientists and artists to reveal deep truths about the universe may take different forms, but they often end up agreeing with the poet John Keats that “truth is beauty”.
Mark Twain said, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” Pseudoscience adherents to this adage, but are their distortions deliberate, the result of scientific ignorance, or due to a deep desire for extraordinary possibilities?
Forty years ago, on the dusty plains known as the Sea of Tranquility, Neil Armstrong stepped off a lunar module and into the pages of history.
Special guest Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” talks about the joys of being a science geek.
Could you travel to the past and visit Julius Caesar? Could you travel to the year 4000 and see what the future is like? Find out about the possibilities and paradoxes of time travel.
Star light, star bright, what will I find over the rainbow? Take a tour of the summer skies of the day and night.
Technology tuned to the stars, brought down to Earth. Learn about the many products in our lives that were developed because of the space program.
Star Trek imagines a future for humans in space where we explore alien worlds using advanced technology. As writers tried to include as much realistic science as possible, the stories have been an inspiration for students, scientists, inventors.
Do you want to believe? Seth Shostak of SETI talks about his hunt for aliens in this show about the search for life beyond Earth.
Richard Branson has formed Virgin Galactic and is now taking reservations aboard the maiden voyage of SpaceShipOne. Would you spend the estimated $200,000 for a 45-minute trip into space?
On this week’s show, we reflect on how telescopes have changed our perception of our place in the universe. Our guests include Dava Sobel, author of The Planets, Vatican Astronomer Father Chris Corbally, and astronaut Paul Richards.