About This Episode
This is an extended audio interview from “The Power of Science Fiction, with William Shatner” on StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Captain on the bridge: Neil deGrasse Tyson invites Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, to discuss Star Trek and the enduring power of science fiction. You’ll hear how William landed the iconic role as Captain Kirk and about his memorable role in The Twilight Zone. You’ll also hear William reflect on Star Trek episodes “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” and “The City on the Edge of Forever,” the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboots, the design of the bridge, and his fascination with the science fiction genre. William also gets a chance to ask Neil questions about the universe, igniting a wonder-infused conversation about spacetime, photons, relativity, and the speed of light.
Please note that this is the raw interview, with minor edits made to the original interview by our producer to address recording issues, not content. Enjoy!