A COSMOS Conversation with Ann Druyan

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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. They recount the 3-year struggle to get the new COSMOS made while maintaining creative control and finding enough money to produce the show without compromising its integrity. Discover the critical role Seth MacFarlane played in bringing the project to FOX – and his personal offer of $1 million to help finance the pilot. Learn how Ann met future husband Carl Sagan at a 1974 dinner party thrown by her friend Nora Ephron, and how they got to know each other on the Voyager project. As the creative director of Voyager’s Golden Record, Ann talks about her favorite track: her brain waves, recorded 2 days after she and Carl fell in love, translated into sound on the record. Finally, you’ll hear Ann and Neil discuss why COSMOS is so important… and if there might be a third COSMOS series in the future.

In This Episode

  • Host

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Guest

    Ann Druyan

    Ann Druyan
    Creator/Writer/Executive Producer of Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey, Co-Writer of Cosmos A Personal Voyage

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  • Alan Mindbender

    Thanks to you and Carl, I was a 5 year old boy discovering that skeptical thinking was perfectly fine, defining my mantra, ala Carl: I don’t want to believe. I want to KNOW. The both of you shaped my fascination with the universe, and my continuing thirst for answers. You shaped who I would become, more than any single experience in my life. I owe you a debt of gratitude that I can’t possibly repay, and will forever hold you two in the highest esteem. Thanks for the tools you gave me, which give me satisfaction in a world mainly populated with misinformation and the mundane. Cheers Ann, fromone of your biggest admirers, Alan. Would that I were old enough to have made your acquaintances. /Bow

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