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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 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.

Cosmic Queries: COSMOS with Steven Soter

Photo Credit: FOX Season 5, Episode 22  |  Post Date: 15 June 2014

Questions about the science and visualizations in the COSMOS series on FOX? Get the answers from Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dr. Steven Soter, co-writer of both COSMOS series.

A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane_Frank Micelotta-FOX-cut Season 5, Episode 21  |  Post Date: 8 June 2014

This week, Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Seth MacFarlane, the brains behind Family Guy, A Million Ways to Die in the West and an executive producer of COSMOS on FOX.

Cosmic Queries: More Space and Science with Bill Nye

Enceladus Geysers Season 5, Episode 20  |  Post Date: 1 June 2014

Get schooled on space and science by guest host Bill Nye and Chuck Nice when they answer your Cosmic Queries about everything from evolution and carbon dating to gravity and the Doppler effect.

Cosmic Queries: Space and Science with Bill Nye

Large Hadron Collider. Credit: CERN Season 5, Episode 19  |  Post Date: 25 May 2014

Guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer your most intriguing questions about space and science, from asteroid deflection and life on exoplanets to the Large Hadron Collider and climate change.

Reporting on Science (Part 2)

Jessica Yellin Hologram CNN Season 5, Episode 18  |  Post Date: 18 May 2014

In the conclusion of Neil’s interview with veteran science journalist Miles O’Brien, the two discuss the inherent conflict between the goals of true journalism and corporate America. You’ll hear how Miles was finally able to convince CNN that the climate change debate was over, or at least, that both sides were not equivalent from a […]

Reporting on Science (Part 1)

Miles O’Brien - Reporter Season 5, Episode 17  |  Post Date: 11 May 2014

Take an eye-opening journey beyond the headlines into the business of science journalism, with veteran reporter Miles O’Brien, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice.

Cosmic Queries: Comets and Asteroids with Dr. Amy Mainzer

Comet Hyakutake Passes the Earth Season 5, Episode 16  |  Post Date: 4 May 2014

Curious about comets? Anxious about near-Earth asteroids? Join us as guest host Dr. Amy Mainzer from NASA/JPL answers your Cosmic Queries with a little help from comic co-host Chuck Nice.

Cosmic Queries: New Discoveries

Cosmic Lensing NASA Season 5, Episode 15  |  Post Date: 27 April 2014

There have been so many new discoveries in science in the last few years – and you’ve asked questions about all of them. So this episode your own personal astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and his trusty comic co-host Eugene Mirman tackle as many as they can. You’ll learn about bruises in the cosmic background radiation […]

A COSMOS Conversation with Steven Soter

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Season 5, Episode 14  |  Post Date: 20 April 2014

Worlds collide when Neil deGrasse Tyson puts on his StarTalk Radio hosting hat to interview astrophysicist Dr. Steven Soter, co-writer of the new COSMOS series on FOX hosted by Neil.

Cosmic Queries: A Stellar Sampling

black hole Season 5, Episode 13  |  Post Date: 13 April 2014

This week’s show is bursting with conspiracy theories and strange hypotheses, but that doesn’t stop your own personal astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson from dropping some serious science.

Cosmic Queries: Venus with Dr. FunkySpoon

Mosaic of Venus Season 5, Episode 12  |  Post Date: 6 April 2014

Join guest host planetary scientist Dr. David Grinspoon and comic co-host Leighann Lord as they answer your questions about Venus while Neil’s off working on COSMOS.

A Conversation with Laurence Fishburne

Fishburne2 Season 5, Episode 11  |  Post Date: 23 March 2014

Red pill or blue pill? You get both when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Morpheus himself, actor Laurence Fishburne, about his roles in The Matrix films, CSI, Searching for Bobby Fischer and more.

Cosmic Queries: Science in Movies and TV

Star Wars - Luke Skywalker on Tatooine Season 5, Episode 10  |  Post Date: 16 March 2014

Stay Tuned for… Science! Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman answer more of your questions about science in Star Trek, Star Wars, Sliders, Superman, Contact, Mary Poppins and more.

Cosmic Queries with Bill Nye and Astro Mike

Bill Nye and Astro Mike Season 5, Episode 9  |  Post Date: 9 March 2014

Join guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, Eugene Mirman and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino as they have a blast answering your questions while Neil’s off working on COSMOS.

Cosmic Queries: Time Travel

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Credit: aussiegall from Sydney, Australia Season 5, Episode 8  |  Post Date: 2 March 2014

In this Cosmic Queries episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson gets all wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey as he answers fan questions about time travel with Colin Jost.

MythBusters (Part 2)

Mythbusters Season 5, Episode 7  |  Post Date: 23 February 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. Up for discussion: busted urban legends, Archimedes, Bigfoot and more.

MythBusters (Part 1)

mythbusters-fb Season 5, Episode 6  |  Post Date: 16 February 2014

The MythBusters are in the house. In Part 1, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to discuss experiments, physics, urban legends and more.

Cosmic Queries: A Powerful Potpourri

abell426_franke_900 Season 5, Episode 5  |  Post Date: 9 February 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice tackle an eclectic mix of your questions that take us from the boiling surface of the Sun to the dark side of the moon and Earth’s distant past to the last moments of the universe.

A Conversation with God

The Creation of Adam Season 5, Episode 4  |  Post Date: 2 February 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a one-on-one conversation with… God. It’s an episode filled with divine revelations about everything, from the fossil record and evolution to the Big Bang and string theory.

Cosmic Queries: Science Fiction – The Sequel

Image still from “The Matrix”. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures Season 5, Episode 3  |  Post Date: 26 January 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman are back to answer more of your sci-fi questions about Aliens, The Black Hole, Prometheus, Superman, Star Trek, Iron Man, Futurama, Gilligan’s Island and more.

Cosmic Queries: Space Tourism

Space_Tourists_movie_poster_854x480 Season 5, Episode 2  |  Post Date: 19 January 2014

Book passage to the final frontier with Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Leighann Lord. Learn about space elevators, get tourism tips for Mars, and find out how not to vomit in your spacesuit.

Cosmic Queries: Art and Science

753px-Da_Vinci_Vitruve_Luc_Viatour Season 5, Episode 1  |  Post Date: 12 January 2014

Explore the intersection of art and science when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice discuss van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Escher, da Vinci, Giotto, computer generated art and more.

Season 4 Time Capsule (Part 2): Cosmic Queries

Star Talk Season 4 Time Capsule Part 2 Header Image Season 4, Episode 40  |  Post Date: 5 January 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson, your own personal astrophysicist, answers your questions about dark matter, black holes, light, time, relativity and the fabric of our universe in your favorite Cosmic Queries episodes of Season 4.