January 31, 2015 5:51 pm

This Sunday, Return to Water World with Neil deGrasse Tyson and StarTalk Live!

Elliot Severn took this photo of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, Dr. Tess Russo and Neil deGrasse Tyson at StarTalk Live! at The Beacon Theater in NYC.

StarTalk Live! Water World at The Beacon Theater in NYC. From left: His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, Dr. Tess Russo and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Credit: Elliot Severn.

Like Part 1 last week, the unexpected moments are what make StarTalk Live! Water World (Part 2) so delightful.

For instance, you can reasonably expect that you’ll hear Robert F. Kennedy Jr. talking about how water privatization has become a trillion-dollar industry and warning about “biostitutes” and the failure of democracy when policy is driven by moneyed interests, not science.

But you probably weren’t expecting to hear him say that the most important environmental issue we have is making livable cities.

And while you might expect His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa to talk about Naga, and what water represents spiritually, it’s unlikely you’d predict that Jason Sudeikis would get all spiritual about the water cycle. (Don’t worry… given that it is Jason, you know there’s a deeply seditious kicker on the way.)

And the most unexpected exchange of them all?

Talking about respecting and listening to nature, His Holiness says that “we shouldn’t talk about any other religion, we just talk about the reality… we should always be with the reality.”

To which Neil deGrasse Tyson replies, “Your holiness, there is nothing I can add or subtract from what you just said.”

It’s one of those moments at StarTalk Live! when one might be tempted to say, “you had to be there” – if it weren’t for the fact that we recorded the whole thing, and you can listen tomorrow night.

Join us for the conclusion to StarTalk Live! Water World this Sunday, February 1 at 7:00 PM ET on our website, iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and SoundCloud.

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

  • Rahil Sethi

    I don’t understand, where are the videos of all star talk live? The ones uploaded on youtube are very old ones, around 2 years back. Why have you stopped posting videos on youtube?

  • startalkradio

    Rahil, we don’t videotape every StarTalk Live! We do record most of them to become podcasts, although sometimes the sound quality in certain venues makes the recording problematic. At the moment, our YouTube channel consists mainly of “Behind the Scenes” videos that we’ve recorded while recording the podcast/radio show.

    • Taxil Necrobane

      I find it hard to believe in this day and age that star talk doesn’t video record all star talk live shows along side as audio record them as well. Does Star Talk need more help to do the work?

      • startalkradio

        Taxil, in some instances, the venues prohibit videotaping (or did at the time of the show). In others, the realities of location, lighting and sound issues made the recordings unusable. And for those where do do have good recordings, then we’re up against manpower issues. We are a small staff, and we are primarily a podcast/radio show. That may change over time i.e., StarTalk TV) but for now, we’re going to be adding videos of StarTalk Live! performances as we can, when we can.

        • Taxil Necrobane

          Thank you for clarifying that. If a location prohibits videotaping the shows are being held at, it might be helpful for future episodes post a note of such a thing in the text that goes with the podcast. Others would see that and not make a fuss over it. If there is a poor video recording issues, well a poor recording is to me better than none at all. If anything, it will be something to keep in the archive of NDT’s work.

          • startalkradio

            That’s a great suggestion, Taxil, and one we will certainly consider. As for the “poor recordings”, that’s a qualitative choice our producers make, but I will pass on your take on the issue.

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