Season 7 Time Capsule (Part 1)

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Join host Neil Tyson as he revisits our fan’s favorite episodes from a season spent exploring Mars, reflecting on the legacy of the moon landing, gazing into the future, listening for gravitational waves, and much more. In Part 1, you’ll hear former astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Mike Massimino discussing peeing in space… and on the moon… and in your spacesuit, with Neil and co-host Iliza Shlesinger. Next up, Neil, futurist Ray Kurzweil, neuroscientist Gary Marcus, and co-host Chuck Nice explore the benefits and dangers of biotech and artificial intelligence. You’ll compare fiction vs. reality when author Andy Weir tells Neil about his book and move, The Martian, followed by NASA/JPL’s Adam Steltzner talking about the real Mars Curiosity rover, with Neil and co-host Matt Kirshen. Learn about the relationship between self-taught math genius Ramanujan and Cambridge University mathematician G.H. Hardy, from Neil, Jeremy Irons (who played Hardy in The Man Who Knew Infinity), director Matt Brown, mathematician Ken Ono and co-host Eugene Mirman. Join Neil and Eugene at StarTalk Live! for a celebration of the discovery of gravitational waves with theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Janna Levin, LIGO astrophysicist Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, and comedian Michael Showalter. Then make sure you’re sitting down, because you’ll hear Neil deGrasse Tyson admit to Alan Stern that Pluto is a… no, you’ll have to listen to that shocker for yourself, as well as what Chuck Nice and David Grinspoon tell Neil next. Finally, Neil dives into the paradoxes of time travel, free will, parallel universes, and quantum mechanics with Doctor Who’s Michelle Gomez, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Chuck Nice, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Remember to join us next Friday for fan favorite Cosmic Queries episodes in Season 7 Time Capsule (Part 2).

NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: Season 7 Time Capsule (Part 1).


The Lunar Legacy, with Buzz Aldrin
Gazing into the Future with Ray Kurzweil
Surviving on Mars, with Andy Weir
The Beauty of Mathematics, with Jeremy Irons
StarTalk Live! LIGO and the Black Hole Blues (Part 1)
Unveiling Pluto, with Alan Stern and Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Physics and Fantasy of Time Travel

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