July 6, 2013 1:26 pm
Part 1 of “Storms of Our Century” was all about storms and the weather. But the Bell House really heats up in Part 2 as StarTalk Live moves on to climate change.
From Questlove’s very first question, “Why do political revisionists deny climate change?” to Neil’s closing statement that demonizing energy is the wrong attitude, this episode takes on the issue of climate change from a variety of angles.
It’s such a stormy subject that I don’t want to prejudice your opinions about the show going in. One thing I will say is that with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and climate scientist Dr. Adam Sobel on stage, you won’t come away lacking useable information. From Neil’s description of exactly how fossil fuels lead to an imbalance of carbon that takes us all the way back to the Carboniferous Era to a discussion of the non-manmade causes of past and potential ice ages (can you say axial tilt and orbital distance, boys and girls?), you can count on getting actual data and science to help you form your own opinions.
Questlove, who in addition to being an author, a drummer and the co-founder of The Roots (currently the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), was heavily involved in the recent presidential election, and he offers up some firsthand insights about the administration and the environment, in addition to asking a few pointed, conversation-provoking questions.
Finally, comedian Michael Showalter and comic co-host Eugene Mirman have a lot of fun taking pot shots at frequent targets of comic opportunity from “The Butterfly Effect” to greenhouse gases to scientists for hire, making the conclusion to Storms of Our Century even better, in my opinion, than Part 1.
Listen to the show tomorrow night, Sunday, July 7th at 7:00 pm ET and decide for yourself.
That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up.
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