Expanding Our Perspectives, with Susan Sarandon

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Ready to have your perspectives expanded, cosmically and otherwise? Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes actress and activist Susan Sarandon, exoplanetary scientist Dr. Rebecca Oppenheimer, astrophysicist Dr. Emily Rice, Bill Nye and comic co-host Maeve Higgins. You’ll meet a transgender scientist and ponder whether marijuana might have helped Carl Sagan see the universe differently. You’ll also hear about how looking down on Earth from space changed the way two different astronauts think of our home planet: Mike Massimino and Samantha Cristoforetti, the Italian astronaut who holds the record for longest single space flight by a woman. The three astrophysicists discuss how we are moving from the classification of both celestial objects and human gender into strict categories, to the growing recognition that there is greater diversity in both than we originally thought. Plus, Bill Nye weighs in on broadening one’s perspective through science, of course.

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  • Taxil Necrobane

    Do you remember when this show used to talk about stars and all the awesome things that went on in space? I do. I just wonder when that show ended and got replaced by having Neil talk to washed up actresses, Carl Sagen getting stoned, and realizing that it’s not important that someone is trans gendered these days, so why bring that they are up at all?

    • Simon Chui

      Ah, yes, the “good old days”. Really, where did they go? Let’s go delve into the podcast archives and reminisce. Oh look, Season 1, we have Stephen Colbert, we have Joan Rivers. What about Season 2, though? Let’s see, we have one about fashion, we have one about wine, we have one about football, cardiac surgery, palaeontology, food, neuroscience, films, superheroes, climate change, Jon Stewart, economics, Nichelle Nicoles, Morgan Freeman, PETA, 9/11, music, ghosts, politics, Whoopi Goldberg. Ah, yes, the good old days, when Neil only talked about space, right?

      No. All topics are interrelated, and someone who is intellectually curious is interested in everything.

      • Taxil Necrobane

        That’s the thing. The science topics are all over the map and not all of them are new to me or any anything new to offer. This isn’t my only place I tune into. Why does Startalk feel the need to get Hollywood stars, media personality, politicians and other celebrities anyway? I bet they had to pay them well to show up at all.

        Basically, I have been hearing from other sources about incredible finds up in space over the last few months i wished Neil would cover. But nothing is happening. I feel rather let down by that lately.

        • JustinLG

          I agree with Taxil. I tried commenting several months ago asking when there would be another StarTalk Radio episode that would discuss something space related again (it was deleted… by admin I assume?). When is the last time there has been an episode strictly about astronomy and not just bring up a couple quick space related topics in passing? I also miss Cosmic Queries and Bill Nye, those were always my favourite episodes.
          And I also agree in the sense that there have been several significant astronomical events and findings as of late (New Horizons-Pluto/Charon, Dawn-Ceres, strong evidence of water on Mars, earth-like planets discovered recently, etc.) that would be far more interesting to discuss than some of the recent episode topics (ie. “The Impact of Twitter on Society”, “Sociology and the Human Condition”, etc.). Just my opinion.

          • Justin, this is Jeff, the StarTalk Social Media Director. I don’t delete comments unless they have hate speech. We are happy to publish any comments about whether our fans are satisfied or dissatisfied with our programming, as Taxil can certainly assure you.

          • JustinLG

            Thanks for the reply. I could only assume it was deleted as I posted it then it was gone, maybe something glitched? Either way, thanks for replying.

    • DJCEO

      Come on man, Susan isn’t washed up. She’s a beautiful older actress who demands respect. The show is educational but also entertainment as well. I mean he can’t talk about space every min of the program so he throws in funny subjects and they have a little fun. All his guess know and enjoy space & science so I think it’s fine. Lighten up a little, it’s talk radio.

      • Taxil Necrobane

        Alright, granted. She isn’t a complete wash up, but she isn’t getting any acting jobs in big time shows like she used to get. She’s only got her looks now due to the plastic surgery she had done. Lastly she has to EARN respect first and I’m not seeing anything worth respecting from her yet. It’s rather hard to mix the humor and science together well. It’s been done before here, but it’s an iffy thing.

        • DJCEO

          You don’t respect Susan? Lol she’s been in hollywood over 25yr and that alone deserves respect. I mean you bash the show because he has and older guess, who doesn’t get major roles anymore? What about what she has already done in the past?? They actually talk about space. She gives her views on several subjects. I think Neil loves guess like her because he can reach a different audience. He’s probably surprised she even knows who he is and wanted to appear on the show. You gotta think outside the box and no be so critical.

          • Taxil Necrobane

            I don’t respect Susan because she backs the squatters of the ‘Occupy Wallstreet’ mob. She trash talks the current pope who is by far a better person that she’ll ever be. And she is known to be buddies with the likes of Shendy Shehan and Edward Snowden. Both of whom I also do not respect. You are known by the company you keep. I’m so out side the box, I’m outside the house.

      • Taxil Necrobane

        Alright, granted. She isn’t a complete wash up, but she isn’t getting any acting jobs in big time shows like she used to get. She’s only got her looks now due to the plastic surgery she had done. Lastly she has to EARN respect first and I’m not seeing anything worth respecting from her yet. It’s rather hard to mix the humor and science together well. It’s been done before here, but it’s an iffy thing.

  • jax

    Weed and Religion are clutches for those who can’t handle reality. If youve ever seen someone “catch the spirit” they are high as a kite. This week on the E train a woman beside me kept nodding off, pratically in my lap. Each time i moved her she apologised and finally told me she had smoked some bad weed. When i think about how big the sun is, evolution or just the Trransit App these are the things that gets me high!

    • Taxil Necrobane

      That sounds like the Weed is the problem here, not really the religion. More so with all the legalization of it starting up all over the place.

      • Patrick Francis

        Even if weed is or is not a problem. The government has no business telling a human what they can eat, or what internal experiences they can have.

        It is actually ridiculous that we have outlawed the use of any drug. As long as people are aware of what they are ingesting or doing to their body, then they should be allowed to do it.

        Same with Religion, as long as you aren’t harming others, you should be able to believe whatever you want. But as soon as you start harming others with your beliefs, or taking away their rights, that is when the government should step in.

        • Dave Steph Taylor

          Um, sorry there is a valid reason for banning certain substances for recreational usage. Cocaine and Heroin are drugs that should not be legal for recreational usage of any kind.

          Less dangerous drugs like THC can be highly beneficial for a variety of aliments, and many states are realizing this. Other, more dangerous drugs have some limited applications, but should be highly monitored. I have no problem with those who can benefit from prescribed medication. However, we need to be careful with these substances. Just look at the thousands of lives ruined by alcohol, the lives of innocent family members and many times those they have never met.

          • Patrick Francis

            See this is where we have different opinions.

            I don’t think the government should “Protect you from yourself”. If you want to do something, you should be able to do it. The government’s job is to protect you from OTHER people, not yourself.

            6 million people die every year from tobacco. That is like a holocaust every year, just from people choosing to use tobacco. Would I take those people’s freedoms away and not allow them to do something they wish to do? No, but I will educate them about the effects of tobacco and let them make the decision themselves.

          • Dave Steph Taylor

            The problem is that substance issues rarely stay with just the individual. Millions of innocents are hurt physically and emotional by those who use abuse substances, both legal and illegal.

            As foster parents, we often get kids into our care who’s parents have ruined their lives and their kids lives due to alcohol and other drug abuses. The consequences are real, and many innocents are harmed.

            One of the roles of Government is to keep you from hurting me, me from hurting you, and companies from hurting the populous. Now there are legitimate complaints that this is often done poorly, or corrupt governments don’t do it the way they are supposed to. The list of what is legal and what is not is a mess, and the punishments are often harsh and unbalanced. However there has to be a start somewhere.

    • Taxil Necrobane

      That sounds like the Weed is the problem here, not really the religion. More so with all the legalization of it starting up all over the place.

    • Dave Steph Taylor

      As someone who is very spiritual I can attest to the emotionalism of some Church’s. They seem more like a party than any serious reflection on the eternities.

      I myself am very spiritual, and also highly interested in the sciences and advances in technology. Often the two can cross paths, but sometimes there simply is not scientific backing for the faith that I, (and billions of other hold). I get that, and why some have a hard time understanding faith.

      I do get offended when someone who claims tolerance has no tolerance for those of faith. There is room enough for all in this universe. 😉

  • archie

    fuck! after listening to podcasts for so long, i really hate the star
    talk _radio_ format: the ads, the random music clips, the chopped up
    conversation. its really annoying and i love listening to neil and most of his guests seem to be really interesting but this is unbearable, just as you get caught up in the conversation they play another fucking ad and its the same they played 10 fucking minutes ago

  • Dave Steph Taylor

    I miss the days were they picked a topic and dug deep.

    The last few months have simply been short interviews, cut up by another guest who could be their own podcast episode.

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