December 27, 2014 2:41 pm

This Sunday: Accomplished Women, Strange Science, Urban Legends, Aliens, Powerful Beings and God.

The Creation of Adam

Photo Credit: The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

What makes it into a StarTalk Radio Time Capsule?

This season, you picked episodes featuring accomplished women, strange science, urban legends, aliens, powerful beings and God.

Let’s start with the women.

In Madame Saturn: A Conversation with Carolyn Porco, we met the scientist who runs the Cassini Imaging Team and has been responsible for bringing us some of the most amazing images ever taken in our cosmos.

And in A COSMOS Conversation with Ann Druyan, we met the woman who has actually been integral to helping us all become more familiar with the cosmos, as the creator, writer and Executive Producer of Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey, and before that, the co-writer of Cosmos A Personal Voyage.

Interestingly, both worked closely with Carl Sagan on the Voyager projects early in their careers, and of course Ann eventually married him.

And there’s no doubt that the stars of StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM were Dr. Heather Berlin and Mayim Bialik, both trained neuroscientists who took Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd and the rest of us on a deep dive into the human brain.

When it comes to strange science and urban legends, there was plenty of both in The Ig Nobel Prize and the MythBusters episodes that made it into the time capsule. In the first, Marc Abrahams gave Neil and co-host Leighann Lord a tour of some of the strangest research being conducted today. In the second, Neil and co-host Chuck Nice gave us an inside look at the show that debunks some of our favorite urban legends with the men responsible: Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.

As for the aliens, we turned to Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, who took center stage at StarTalk Live! SF Sketchfest along with guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, co-host Eugene Mirman and guest comedian Dave Foley.

Rounding out Part 1 of our Season 5 Time Capsule episodes are two one-on-one interviews Neil conducted with two of the most powerful beings in Hollywood and beyond: Seth MacFarlane and God. A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane was our most popular episode in the history of StarTalk Radio, while A Conversation with God was the second most popular episode of the season and our most-commented upon episode ever.

Join us for Season 5 Time Capsule (Part 1) on Sunday, December 28th at 7:00 PM ET on our website, iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and SoundCloud.

And be sure to come back for Part 2 of our Season 5 Time Capsule on January 4th featuring your favorite Cosmic Queries episodes.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up.
–Jeffrey Simons

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