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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: BillNye.com 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/ spaceflightphotography.com. 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/www.Lucnix.be; 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.

StarTalk Live! SF Sketchfest

st-11-16-396x232 Season 5, Episode 44  |  Post Date: 16 November 2014

Where did we come from? Are we alone? Explore these questions with guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, co-host Eugene Mirman and their guests comedian Dave Foley and SETI Institute Sr. Astronomer Seth Shostak.

Cosmic Queries: Gravity

gravity-and-dark-energy_NASA-JPL-CalTech-share Season 5, Episode 43  |  Post Date: 9 November 2014

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.

A Conversation With Hank Azaria

Photo Credit: Leslie Mullen Season 5, Episode 42  |  Post Date: 2 November 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with Captain Kirk, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Johnny Carson, Carl Sagan, Chief Wiggum, Moe Szyslak and Apu – a.k.a. Hank Azaria.

Cosmic Queries: Superheroes

avengers 2 age of ultron Season 5, Episode 41  |  Post Date: 26 October 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live) get their geek on answering questions about Thor, Captain America, Batman, Superman, Wolverine, Magneto and more.

Cosmic Queries: Primate Evolution

Australopithecus afarensis, "Lucy", adult female. Image Credit: © Copyright Smithsonian Institution Season 5, Episode 40  |  Post Date: 19 October 2014

Paleoanthropologist Dr. Ian Tattersall is back to help Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman answer fan questions about where primates came from, and where we’re going.

The Ig Nobel Prize

Photo Credit: The Stinker, the official mascot of the Ig Nobel prize. Season 5, Episode 39  |  Post Date: 12 October 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Leighann Lord dive into the strange world of the Ig Nobel Prize for research that first makes you laugh, and then makes you think.

Cosmic Queries: Pseudoscience

Bigfoot-UFO_via-NEFF-cit.dukesocial Season 5, Episode 38  |  Post Date: 5 October 2014

Put on your thinking caps, because in this episode Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord answer fan questions about pseudoscience, from creationism to crystals to alternative medicine.

Cosmic Queries: Funding Space Exploration with Bill Nye

Credit: Navid Baraty, courtesy of http://www.navidbaraty.com Season 5, Episode 37  |  Post Date: 28 September 2014

How important is it to fund space exploration? Find out when Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society, returns as guest host to answer fan questions, along with Eugene Mirman and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino.

X-Prize – Beyond Space (Part 2)

qualcomm-tricorder-xprize-social Season 5, Episode 36  |  Post Date: 21 September 2014

In the conclusion of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with Peter Diamandis, we explore how the X-Prize Foundation inspires out-of-the-box solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

A Tribute to Joan Rivers

Tribute to Joan Rivers, RIP Joan Rivers Season 5, Episode 35  |  Post Date: 14 September 2014

Our special tribute features the best of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lynne Koplitz’s interview with the late Joan Rivers, plus new reflections by comedians Eugene Mirman, Chuck Nice and Leighann Lord.

X-Prize (Part 1)

Photo Credit: Renegadeaven at en.wikipedia. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Season 5, Episode 34  |  Post Date: 7 September 2014

The X-Prize is motivating engineers, scientists and private industry to “Make the impossible possible.” Get an insider’s look when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews founder Peter Diamandis.

Cosmic Queries: General Astrophysics 101

Image Credit: University of Warwick / Mark A Garlick Season 5, Episode 33  |  Post Date: 31 August 2014

Curious about general astrophysics? Then join us for class this week as Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson and teaching assistant Leighann Lord explain some of the basics.

A Conversation with Seth Meyers

Photo Credit: Leslie Mullen Season 5, Episode 32  |  Post Date: 24 August 2014

Seth Meyers hosts the Emmy® Awards Monday August 25, but you can listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with the host of “Late Night” this Sunday.

A COSMOS Conversation with Ann Druyan

Photo Credit: Mitchell Cannold. Season 5, Episode 31  |  Post Date: 17 August 2014

Go behind the scenes of the Emmy® Award-winning science show COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews its creator, writer and executive producer Ann Druyan.

Planet of the Apes

Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Season 5, Episode 30  |  Post Date: 10 August 2014

We’re going ape this week when host Neil deGrasse Tyson talks to Andy Serkis from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and primate expert and paleoanthropologist Dr. Ian Tattersall.

StarTalk Live: Big Brains at BAM (Part 3)

Neil deGrasse Tyson sips a Brain Freeze at BAM_elliot-severn2 Season 5, Episode 29  |  Post Date: 3 August 2014

Our exploration of the human mind concludes with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, neuroscientists Mayim Bialik and Dr. Heather Berlin, and guests Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd and Bill Nye.

StarTalk Live: Big Brains at BAM (Part 2)

Backstage at BAM: (from left:) Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mayim Bialik, Paul Rudd, Dr. Heather Berlin, Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman, Michael Ian Black. Credit: Elliot Severn. Season 5, Episode 28  |  Post Date: 27 July 2014

Our tour of the human brain continues with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, neuroscientists Mayim Bialik and Dr. Heather Berlin and guests Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd and Bill Nye.

StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM (Part 1)

Big Brains at Bam Season 5, Episode 27  |  Post Date: 20 July 2014

Delve into the human brain when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman host The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik, Dr. Heather Berlin, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd and Bill Nye at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Cosmic Queries: Space Probes with Dr. Amy Mainzer

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer Telescope Season 5, Episode 26  |  Post Date: 13 July 2014

JPL astrophysicist Dr. Amy Mainzer is back as guest host for this week’s podcast, and together with comic co-host Chuck Nice she answers your questions about space probes.

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