National Geographic’s photo of Larry King and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
National Geographic’s photo of Larry King and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Pursuit of Knowledge, with Larry King

Larry King and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Credit: National Geographic.
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About This Episode

He’s a media icon, he always wears suspenders and a tie, and he’s on this episode of StarTalk Radio. Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the ever-changing world of media with legendary broadcaster Larry King. In-studio, Neil is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and neuroscientist and StarTalk All-Stars host Dr. Heather Berlin, PhD, and media scholar Robert Thompson, PhD. 

We discuss why Larry has had such longevity in a business that sees constant change. Get the scoop on Larry’s interview process: why he thinks that talking less means learning more, why you must check your ego at the door, and why less preparation might be better than extensive research. Robert Thompson drops in to explore Larry’s impact on the zeitgeist. Find out why the current media landscape for talk shows is now mainly host-focused.

Larry tells us why he’s always ready to fight against new technology. You’ll hear why Larry has had issues translating professional success into personal success. Heather sheds light on how different personalities deal with control or lack of control. We also explore curiosity. Discover what sparks Larry’s curiosity. Heather explains why curiosity is a drug to those who are always seeking knowledge and information. She also explains why curiosity can sometimes function like a vortex. 

Who would you interview if you could interview anyone alive and/or dead? You’ll hear how Larry almost interviewed Fidel Castro. Neil tells us why he would want to interview Sir Isaac Newton. Chuck weighs in on why he would revel in the chance to sit down with Vladimir Putin. And, Neil and Heather explain why they would both want to interview President Barack Obama. Lastly, find out what everyone would ask God in an interview.

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