Past Shows


The Science of Family Guy with Seth MacFarlane

Stewie's Time Machine from “Family Guy”. ™ and © 2015 FOX and its related entities. All rights reserved. Season 6, Episode 45  |  Post Date: 20 November 2015

Neil Tyson and his friend Seth MacFarlane delve into the science of “Family Guy”, from the Big Bang to the multiverse. Chuck Nice and Charles Liu join Neil in studio, Simon Singh calls in about math in “The Simpsons”, and Bill Nye gets super-heroic.

Exploring Science and Comedy with Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Credit: The National Geographic Channel. Season 6, Episode 44  |  Post Date: 13 November 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson studies the science of comedy with Larry Wilmore, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems. Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” calls into the show and Bill Nye attempts a little comedy improv.

Decoding Science and Politics with Bill Clinton

President-Bill-Clinton-and-Neil-deGrasse-Tyson_Credit_Brian-Stansfield Season 6, Episode 43  |  Post Date: 6 November 2015

Neil Tyson explores science and politics with former President Bill Clinton, from the human genome to the Higgs boson to the Hubble Space Telescope. Chuck Nice and futurist Juan Enriquez join Neil in studio, and Bill Nye hails our “scientists in chief.”

Cosmic Queries: Monsters with Bill Nye

Cosmic-Queries-Monsters_Credit_losw_iStock-feat Season 6, Episode 42  |  Post Date: 30 October 2015

With Halloween just around the corner, guest host Bill Nye and co-host Chuck Nice apply a little science and rationality to fan questions about zombies, ghosts, vampires, dragons, Frankenstein’s monster, and Bill’s old boss.

StarTalk Live! at the Apollo (Part 2)

StarTalk-Live!-onstage-at-the-Apollo_Eugene-Mirman_Phoebe-Robinson_-Senator-Cory-Booker_Neil-Tyson_Ainissa-Ramirez_Maeve-Higgins_Credit_Elliot-Severn-feat Season 6, Episode 40  |  Post Date: 16 October 2015

StarTalk’s night at the historic theater in Harlem concludes with some surprises, including a song by Neil Tyson’s nephew, the rapper, Tyson. With Eugene Mirman, Senator Cory Booker, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Phoebe Robinson and Maeve Higgins.

StarTalk Live! at the Apollo (Part 1)

Backstage-at-the-Apollo_Neil-Tyson,-Phoebe-Robinson,-Maeve-Higgins,-Eugene-Mirman,-Ainissa-Ramirez,-Senator-Cory-Booker_Credit_Elliot-Severn-feat Season 6, Episode 39  |  Post Date: 9 October 2015

It’s not your typical night at the Apollo when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman welcome Senator Cory Booker, science evangelist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and comedians Maeve Higgins and Phoebe Robinson to the historic theater in Harlem, NYC.

Cosmic Queries: Colonizing Mars

Mosaic of the Valles Marineris hemisphere of Mars projected into point perspective, a view similar to that which one would see from a spacecraft. The distance is 2500 kilometers from the surface of the planet, with the scale being .6km/pixel. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Season 6, Episode 38  |  Post Date: 2 October 2015

Is Mars the kind of place to raise your kids? This week, Neil Tyson and Chuck Nice answer fan questions about terraforming, psychology, international treaties, and even the impact of Martian gravity and atmosphere on baseball.

A Conversation with Edward Snowden (Part 2)

Neil-deGrasse-Tyson-and-his-guest-Edward-Snowden_Photo-Credit_Josh-Bell_ACLU-feat Season 6, Episode 37  |  Post Date: 25 September 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s exclusive, one-on-one conversation with Edward Snowden – via robot – concludes with a deeper dive into metadata, personal privacy and covert communications, before exploring pulsars and cosmic background radiation.

A Conversation with Edward Snowden (Part 1)

Neil-deGrasse-Tyson-and-Edward-Snowden_Credit_Carlos-Valdes-Lora-ft Season 6, Episode 36  |  Post Date: 18 September 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with whistleblower Edward Snowden via robotic telepresence from Moscow. In Part 1, they discuss Isaac Newton, knowledge and learning, the Periodic Table, encryption and privacy, and much more.

StarTalk Live! Parasites and Poisons at The Bell House

StarTalk-Live-Parasites_Backstage-at-Bell-House_Mark-Siddall_Neil-deGrasse-Tyson_Jessica-Williams_Eugene-Mirman_H-Jon-Benjamin_Credit_Navid-Baraty-feat Season 6, Episode 35  |  Post Date: 13 September 2015

A strange brew of poisons, parasites and infectious diseases is on tap at The Bell House when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman welcome guests Mark Siddall, the Leech Guy, and comedians H. Jon Benjamin and Jessica Williams.

Extended Classic: “Are You Out of Your Mind?” with Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks Season 6, Episode 34  |  Post Date: 6 September 2015

Join us for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s original interview with his recently departed friend Oliver Sacks, now extended with exclusive, never-before-heard content. Also featuring guest Cara Santa Maria and co-host Chuck Nice.

Extended Classic: A Conversation with God

Image Credit: The Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo. Season 6, Episode 33  |  Post Date: 30 August 2015

Neil Tyson has a one-on-one conversation with… God. Join us for divine revelations about everything from the Big Bang, to evolution and creationism, to aliens. Now including “God’s Favorites,” plus “How Tweet It Is” with Neil and Bill Nye.

StarTalk Live! Climate Change

Backstage at The Bell House before StarTalk Live! Climate Change. From Left: Eugene Mirman, Jemaine Clement, Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Bill Nye, Michael Che. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn. Season 6, Episode 32  |  Post Date: 23 August 2015

On a hot night in Brooklyn, Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman get steamed up about climate change with help from their guests, climatologist Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig (member of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC) and comedians Jemaine Clement and Michael Che.

StarTalk Live! Sociology and the Human Condition

Backstage-at-StarTalkLive-Sociology_Alondra-Nelson_Wyatt-Cenac_Neil-deGrasse-Tyson_Malcolm-Gladwell_Eugene-Mirman-feat Season 6, Episode 31  |  Post Date: 16 August 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman investigate the human condition with the help of bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, sociologist Dr. Alondra Nelson and comedian Wyatt Cenac. Recorded live at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

The Digital Revolution with Arianna Huffington

Neil Degrasse Tyson and-Arianna Huffington on StarTalkTV - Credit National Geographic Channel Season 6, Episode 30  |  Post Date: 9 August 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the information age with two of its digital elite: Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington and BuzzMachine’s Jeff Jarvis. Chuck Nice co-hosts, and Bill Nye shares about sharing.

Cosmic Queries: Super Powers

Photo Credit: Sergey Nivens/iStock/Thinkstock Season 6, Episode 29  |  Post Date: 2 August 2015

If Superman followed the laws of physics, how could he fly? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer this and other questions from our fans about super powers, from the scientifically sound, to the supremely silly.

Exploring Science and Religion with Richard Dawkins

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Eugene Mirman - Photo by David Andrako Season 6, Episode 28  |  Post Date: 26 July 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses science and religion with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Eugene Mirman hosts, with guest Reverend James Martin. Plus, Bill Nye rants about rocks and evolution.

Cosmic Queries: GMOs with Bill Nye (Part 2)

Credit: carmendorin/iStock/Thinkstock. Season 6, Episode 27  |  Post Date: 19 July 2015

Just in case Part 1 wasn’t controversial enough, Bill Nye and Chuck Nice are back to answer more of our fan’s questions about Genetically Modified Organisms, unintended consequences, pollinator problems and more.

Cosmic Queries: GMOs with Bill Nye (Part 1)

Credit: Endopack/iStock/Thinkstock. Season 6, Episode 26  |  Post Date: 12 July 2015

Guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy says he’s changed his mind about GMOs. Find out why when he and co-host Chuck Nice answer fan submitted questions about the controversial subject of Genetically Modified Organisms.

Extended Classic: Madame Saturn: A Conversation with Carolyn Porco (Part 1)

Carolyn Porco and Neil deGrasse Tyson Season 6, Episode 25  |  Post Date: 5 July 2015

Now extended with 10 extra minutes of new Cosmic Queries with Neil, Chuck and Bill Nye! It’s just two kids from the Bronx sitting around talking about looking up as Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, a.k.a. Madame Saturn, leader of the Cassini Imaging Science team. The two discuss how Carolyn’s spiritual […]

TV and the Evolution of American Culture with Norman Lear

Credit: © National Geographic Channel. All rights reserved. Season 6, Episode 24  |  Post Date: 28 June 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson looks at the relationship between television and American culture, with the help of writer and producer Norman Lear, author Saul Austerlitz, and co-host Chuck Nice. Plus, Bill Nye remembers “All in the Family.”

NASA’s Vision for Space with Charles Bolden

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden delivers a “state of the agency” address on Feb. 2, 2015, standing in front of the Orion, SpaceX Dragon and Boeing CST-100 spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Gianni Woods. Season 6, Episode 23  |  Post Date: 21 June 2015

How important is space exploration? What’s next? Mars? Europa? Find out when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews NASA Administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden. Neil is joined in studio by astrophysicist Dr. Michael Shara and Bill Nye.

The Impact of Twitter on Society with Biz Stone

Twitter and the Arab Spring - Creative Commons Season 6, Episode 22  |  Post Date: 14 June 2015

Explore social media’s impact on society when Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone. Sociologist Dr. Alondra Nelson and journalist Clive Thompson also join Neil and Eugene Mirman, while Bill Nye “likes” the revolution.

Social Media in Space with Chris Hadfield

Screen Capture from Chris Hadfield's Space Oddity video Season 6, Episode 21  |  Post Date: 7 June 2015

Find out what it’s like to be an astronaut in the age of social media when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Chris Hadfield. Eugene Mirman co-hosts, Astro Mike Massimino is back, and Bill Nye extols the human exploration of space.

Combating Disease with Jimmy Carter

Neil deGrasse Tyson and President Jimmy Carter Season 6, Episode 20  |  Post Date: 31 May 2015

Former President Jimmy Carter gives Neil deGrasse Tyson a progress report on eradicating Guinea Worm and other diseases. In studio, Chuck Nice and Mark Siddall, “The Leech Guy,” talk about parasites, and Bill Nye warns about our microscopic enemies.

The Science of Music with Josh Groban

Credit: Jeffrey Simons Season 6, Episode 19  |  Post Date: 24 May 2015

There’s more to a song than meets the ear, as Neil deGrasse Tyson finds out when he interviews singer/songwriter/producer Josh Groban. In studio, concert pianist and MIT Lecturer in Music Elaine Kwon and co-host Chuck Nice add their voices to the chorus to help us hear the science woven into the songs.

Cosmic Queries Potpourri

Credit: Jeffrey Simons. Season 6, Episode 18  |  Post Date: 17 May 2015

It’s time for another episode of Cosmic Queries. This week, Neil deGrasse Tyson answers an eclectic mix of fan questions selected by Chuck Nice, from gravity waves and the Great Attractor, to dark matter and nuclear fusion.

The Evolution of Love and Sex with Dan Savage

Season 6 Episode 17 Image Season 6, Episode 17  |  Post Date: 10 May 2015

Dim the lights and get comfy when Neil Tyson chats with sex columnist Dan Savage about modern love. Chuck Nice and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher look at sex scientifically, and Bill Nye rants about… what else?

The Science of Interstellar with Christopher Nolan

Credit: © Warner Bros. UK. All rights reserved. Season 6, Episode 16  |  Post Date: 3 May 2015

Unravel the mysteries of Interstellar when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews filmmaker and auteur Christopher Nolan. In-studio, Eugene Mirman and cosmologist Dr. Janna Levin help keep the conversation down-to-earth.

George Takei and the Legacy of Star Trek

George Takei and Neil deGrasse Tyson Season 6, Episode 15  |  Post Date: 26 April 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson delves into the legacy of Star Trek with George Takei, who played Lt. Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. In studio, co-host Leighann Lord and astrophysicist Charles Liu discuss how the series inspired the future.

Cosmic Queries: LightSail with Bill Nye

Credit: Josh Spradling / The Planetary Society, via Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Season 6, Episode 14  |  Post Date: 19 April 2015

In May 2015, the Planetary Society will launch its first LightSail spacecraft for a “shakedown cruise” in Earth orbit. So who better to answer fan questions about the program than their CEO, Bill Nye, and comic co-host Chuck Nice?

Autism and Animal Science with Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin Season 6, Episode 13  |  Post Date: 12 April 2015

Discover how her autism helped Dr. Temple Grandin revolutionize animal science when she sits down with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featuring Chuck Nice, Dr. Paul Wang of Autism Speaks, and Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society.

StarTalk Live! from SF Sketchfest 2015

From Left: H Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Dr. G Scott Hubbard, Dr. Yvonne Pendleton, and Bill Nye. Credit: Jakub Mosur. Season 6, Episode 12  |  Post Date: 5 April 2015

Explore the Moon, asteroids and Mars from the stage of San Francisco’s Nourse Theater with Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman and guests astrophysicist Dr. Yvonne Pendleton, “Mars Czar” Dr. G. Scott Hubbard and comedian H. Jon Benjamin.

Cosmic Queries: Bill Nye Edition

Credit: Season 6, Episode 11  |  Post Date: 29 March 2015

The Science Guy takes the mic to answer your questions for him about evolution, technology, the human exploration of space, and even Leonard Nimoy, chosen from Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus by co-host Chuck Nice.

The Future of Humanity with Elon Musk

Elon Musk unveils the Dragon V2 during a ceremony for the new spacecraft inside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. Image Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis Season 6, Episode 10  |  Post Date: 22 March 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the future of humanity with one of the men forging that future: billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Co-hosted by Chuck Nice and guest starring Bill Nye.

A Universe of Inspiration (Repeat)

Peter Max - Different Drummer Season 6, Episode 9  |  Post Date: 15 March 2015

Explore how science has inspired art through the ages, from Leonardo da Vinci to computer games, when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews artist Peter Max. With co-host Lynne Koplitz and guest Bill Nye.

StarTalk Live! Evolution with Richard Dawkins (Part 2)

The whole StarTalk Live! cast backstage at The Beacon Theatre in NYC (L to R): Bill Nye, Jim Gaffigan, Maeve Higgins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Eugene Mirman. Photo by David Andrako. Season 6, Episode 8  |  Post Date: 8 March 2015

Our evolutionary journey concludes with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman, Jim Gaffigan and Maeve Higgins, recorded live at the Beacon Theatre in NYC.

StarTalk Live! Evolution with Richard Dawkins (Part 1)

E06S07-feat Season 6, Episode 7  |  Post Date: 1 March 2015

Science and rationality take the stage when Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye to NYC’s Beacon Theatre to discuss evolution, with help from comics Eugene Mirman, Jim Gaffigan and Maeve Higgins.

Cosmic Queries: Star Trek

s06e06-featured Season 6, Episode 6  |  Post Date: 22 February 2015

Join Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord as they boldly go where no one has gone before: answering fan questions about “Star Trek,” from transporter beams and warp drives to Klingons and the Borg.

Rocket City Rednecks

S06E05-featured Season 6, Episode 5  |  Post Date: 15 February 2015

Get ready to blow up some stereotypes when Neil deGrasse Tyson meets aerospace engineer and Rocket City Redneck Travis S Taylor. Co-hosted by Chuck Nice and guest starring Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Cosmic Queries: Rocket Science is Hard

Antares begins to fall and debris rains over the launch pad. October 28, 2014. Credit: ©Elliot Severn/ All Rights Reserved. Season 6, Episode 4  |  Post Date: 8 February 2015

Find out why “rocket science is hard” when Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan questions about Antares, Rosetta, Philae, SpaceShipTwo, the Space Shuttle and more with the help of Bill Nye and Chuck Nice.

StarTalk Live! Water World (Part 2)

Season 6 Episode 3 Photo Season 6, Episode 3  |  Post Date: 1 February 2015

Navigate the stormy seas of greed, politics, economics and the science of water with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman and their guests Robert F. Kennedy Jr., The Gyalwang Drukpa, Dr. Tess Russo and Jason Sudeikis in Part 2 of our show from The Beacon Theater.

StarTalk Live! Water World (Part 1)

Water World Season 6, Episode 2  |  Post Date: 25 January 2015

Dive into the world of water, on Earth and in the cosmos, when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman host Robert F. Kennedy Jr., The Gyalwang Drukpa, Dr. Tess Russo and Jason Sudeikis at the Beacon Theater.

The Story of Life on Earth with Sir David Attenborough

David Attenborough Season 6, Episode 1  |  Post Date: 18 January 2015

In our first episode of Season 6, Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the history of life on Earth with naturalist Sir David Attenborough, along with a little help in the studio from Bill Nye and Chuck Nice.

Cosmic Queries: Gravity (Repeat)

gravity-and-dark-energy_NASA-JPL-CalTech-share Season 5, Episode 52  |  Post Date: 11 January 2015

The pull of gravity (the force, not the movie) is irresistible as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord grapple with weighty fan questions about matter and the curvature of spacetime.

Season 5 Time Capsule (Part 2)

Photo Credits (Clockwise from top left): NASA/JPL-Caltech; Smithsonian Institution; Doug Zubenel (TWAN) (courtesy of NASA APOD); Luc Viatour/; CERN; Wikimedia Commons - aussiegall from Sydney, Australia. Season 5, Episode 51  |  Post Date: 4 January 2015

You asked the questions, you chose the episodes: Join us for your favorite Cosmic Queries of Season 5, answered by your own personal astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and guest hosts Bill Nye and Dr. Amy Mainzer.

Season 5 Time Capsule (Part 1)

Photo Credits (Clockwise from top left): StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest - Dave Foley, Bill Nye - Credit: StarTalk; Carolyn Porco and Neil deGrasse Tyson - Credit: Ryan Hadaller; Adam Savage, Neil and Jamie Hyneman - Credit: Leslie Mullen; Seth MacFarlane and Neil - Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX; StarTalk Live! - Mayim Bialik and Neil: Credit: Elliot Severn; Ann Druyan and Neil: Credit: Mitchell Cannold. Season 5, Episode 50  |  Post Date: 28 December 2014

As Season 5 draws to a close, join astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in looking back at the brightest moments of a year brimming with science, comedy, urban legends, the COSMOS and even God.

Extended Classic MythBusters (Part 2)

Mythbusters - Discovery Season 5, Episode 48  |  Post Date: 14 December 2014

Since they didn’t blow up Neil’s office in Part 1, the MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are back to finish the job. Now extended with 10 minutes of Cosmic Queries with Neil and Chuck!

Extended Classic: MythBusters (Part 1)

Photo Credit: Leslie Mullen Season 5, Episode 47  |  Post Date: 7 December 2014

In Part 1 of this classic podcast, now extended with 10 minutes of new Cosmic Queries, Neil Tyson sits down with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to discuss experiments, physics, and urban legends.


Season , Episode   |  Post Date: 22 June 2012