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    Cosmic Queries: Rocket Science is Hard

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    Presenting the exclusive, YouTube video version of our full podcast episode, “Cosmic Queries: Rocket Science is Hard,” complete with a few glitches that got edited out of the podcast! Now you can watch host Neil deGrasse Tyson as he answers fan questions about Antares, Rosetta, Philae, the Space Shuttle and more with the help of Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Chuck Nice. You’ll learn about the differences between ignoring known risks, as with Challenger and Columbia, and underestimating difficulties, as may be the case with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Find out how Scott Hubbard helped change NASA’s mantra of “Faster, Better, Cheaper” – which led to the failed Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander missions – and replaced it with the successes of Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. The trio also discusses the possibility of finding life on comets and asteroids, the growing concern over artificial intelligence and robot uprisings, and the human drive to explore the unknown regardless of the risk.

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    Cosmic Queries: Space and Science Part 1

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    In our first full-length Cosmic Queries video episode, Bill and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer some of your most intriguing questions about space and science. Could life have started on Mars and ended up on Earth? What is the value of exploring Enceladus, Titan, Europa, and the rest of our Solar System? If the speed of light is constant, why is there a light shift in the Doppler effect? Get schooled by the Science Guy on information theory, the speed of light, and time. Learn about the accuracy of carbon dating, why there is less gravity at the center of the Earth than the surface, and how the Earth's rotation is 1/3 slower now than in prehistoric times. You'll also find out if you can start a fire with sound or build a space elevator from the Earth to the Moon. And of course, with Bill Nye as our guest host, you can count on just a bit of discussion about climate change as well.

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    StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Science of the Mind

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    Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Cara Santa Maria (HuffPo's Talk Nerdy To Me) and neuroscientist Heather Berlin at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the science of the mind.

    Co-host: Eugene Mirman
    Guests:
    Heather Berlin
    Wyatt Cenac
    Cara Santa Maria

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    WIL WHEATON & Science of Star Trek - StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by guests Wil Wheaton, Paul F. Tompkins and Kristen Schaal at the Neptune Theater in Seattle to discuss the science of Star Trek.

    Co-host: Eugene Mirman
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    Paul F. Tompkins
    Kristen Schaal

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    JIM GAFFIGAN & SARAH SILVERMAN: StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Curiosity Mars Rover

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    Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman and astrobiologist David Grinspoon at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the the Curiosity Mars Rover and the exploration of Mars.

    Guests: Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, David Grinspoon, Eugene Mirman

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    ALAN RICKMAN joins StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

    33:47

    Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. This week, Neil sits down with legendary actor Alan Rickman to discuss his career and how science has influenced his life.

    Guests: Alan Rickman, Chuck Nice, Charles Liu

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    StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Extended Classic : MythBusters

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    StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Extended Classic : MythBusters StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Extended Classic: MythBusters (Part 1) MythBusters are in the house! In Part 1 of this classic podcast, now extended with Science, pop culture & comedy collide on StarTalk w/ astrophysicist & Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-hosts, celebrities & scientis startalk Radio Extended Classic: mythbusters (Part 2) startalk with Neil degrasse Tyson - Extended Classic: mythbusters (Part 1) mythbusters are in the house Science, pop culture & comedy collide on StarTalk w/ astrophysicist & Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-hosts, celebrities & scientists. On the latest episode of his StarTalk Radio Show, Neil deGrasse Tyson spok StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Extended Classic : MythBusters StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Extended Classic : MythBusters

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    ANTHONY BOURDAIN dishes on Food - StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Join Neil as he sits down with Anthony Bourdain and discusses food, cooking, and science.

    Guests: Anthony Bourdain, Marion Nestle, Eugene Mirman

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    Cosmic Queries Potpourri with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    Presenting the exclusive, YouTube video version of our full podcast episode, “Cosmic Queries Potpourri,” complete with a few glitches that got edited out of the podcast! We've got another eclectic mix of questions submitted by our fans on social media, selected by co-host Chuck Nice, and answered by Neil deGrasse Tyson. You’ll learn why the Great Attractor isn’t such a big deal anymore and how we’re searching for gravity waves using LIGO. Neil explains pressure differentials and “the bends” and what wouldn’t happen to you if you traveled between space ships without a space suit. Plus dark matter, fusion reactors, nuclear bombs, spectroscopes, black holes, spacetime, information theory and so much more.

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    StarTalk Radio A conversation with Seth MacFarlane

    33:49

    Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Seth MacFarlane, the brain behind Family Guy, A Million Ways to Die in the West and an executive producer of COSMOS on FOX.

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    StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM

    44:49

    What is consciousness? What is self-awareness? Find out when host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman welcome actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory, neuroscientist and returning StarTalk Live! veteran Dr. Heather Berlin, comedian Michael Ian Black and actor Paul Rudd to the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The freewheeling discussion covers veganism and colonizing Mars, home schooling, behavior modification and genetic predisposition, Autism Spectrum disorders, waterboarding, and the socially unconventional characters on The Big Bang Theory. And that’s just what happened before the group was joined onstage by surprise guest Bill Nye the Science Guy. Come back for Part 2 next Wednesday!

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson Ponders Quantum Physics, Marijuana and the Multiverse

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    A fan asks, “Could a superhero have the power to travel around the multiverse, or would the different laws of physics in different universes make that impossible?” Neil deGrasse Tyson looks to quantum physics for the answer, explaining how particles – and possibly universes – can “pop in and out of existence.” But when co-host Chuck Nice says he wishes he had some marijuana to better appreciate the concept, the conversation turns to the value of pot when pondering mind-blowing possibilities like this one.

    This Behind the Scenes video was shot during the recording of our episode, Cosmic Queries: Super Powers. If you'd like to listen to the full podcast, click here:

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    StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - KRISTEN SCHAAL & JOHN HODGMAN: Astronaut Session

    37:28

    Live from the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY welcome to the StarTalk Radio show hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    Co-host: Eugene Mirman
    Guests: astronaut Mike Massimino, Kristen Schaal and John Hodgman.

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    Colonizing Mars: Challenges and Benefits with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and co-host Chuck Nice explore the challenges we will face exploring and colonizing Mars. According to Bill, the engineering problems are easy compared to breathing, staying warm and powering solar panels when you’re that far from the sun. But it’s when Chuck questions why we’re going at all that Bill Nye gets really excited…

    This Behind the Scenes video was shot during the recording of our episode, The Future of Humanity with Elon Musk. If you'd like to listen to the full podcast, click here:

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    Neil Tyson and Bill Nye on Interstellar and the Environment

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    Spoiler Alert: In our latest “How Tweet It Is” video, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye discuss one of Neil’s tweets about the “Mysteries of Interstellar: Can't imagine a future where escaping Earth via a wormhole is a better plan than just fixing Earth.” While neither disagrees that a worldwide environmental blight could happen, it’s what we do about it that was less believable. Or, as Bill says, “Why leave the freaking Earth, people? This is where we make our stand.” Plus, find out “a little more somethin’ somethin’” about another one of Bill’s problems with the movie.

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    WU-TANGs GZA raps and rhymes on StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. This week, Neil sits down with the one and only, The Genius, Gza to discuss his career and how science has influenced his life and creativity.

    Guests: GZA, Chuck Nice, Christopher Emdin

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    Startalk Radio - George Takei and the Legacy of Star Trek - Neil deGrasse Tyson talk

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    Startalk Radio - George Takei and the Legacy of Star Trek - Neil deGrasse Tyson talk
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    For a show that only ran 3 seasons before being cancelled, the impact Star Trek had is unparalleled. In the podcast version of our StarTalk TV premiere episode, host Neil deGrasse Tyson delves into that legacy with George Takei, who played Lt. Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. George shares Gene Rodenberry’s vision of the future, where strength lay in the diversity of its crew, at a time when America itself was grappling with issues of race, gender and the Cold War. You’ll learn about George’s own experiences growing up in an internment camp in the swamps of Arkansas during WWII. In studio, Neil discusses the science and technology of Star Trek with co-host Leighann Lord and astrophysicist Charles Liu, from warp drive, to communicators, to transporters, to the possibility of silicon-based life (the Horta!) and what it would take to create a real Starship Enterprise right now. Bill Nye stops by to talk about how StarTrek inspired the future. Plus, you’ll get to hear Neil, Leighann and Charles recite the introduction to the series, “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise…”
    CLARIFICATION: In this episode, it was inaccurately stated that German Americans and Italian Americans were not interned by the US government during WWII. The point being made in the episode was that Japanese Americans were treated very differently than others. To wit, approximately 110,00-120,000 Japanese were interned in the continental US out of a population of approximately 127,000. For comparison, a little over 11,500 Germans were interned out of over 6 million Americans with at least one parent born in Germany. As to Italian Americans, the number interned has been reported variously between 418 and 3000, out of over 1.5 million here in the US.
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson answers: Did NASA Invent Grooved Pavement?

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    What non-space related advances came from research at NASA? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson reminds comedian Chuck Nice that NASA is fully focused on space, and sometimes we can benefit from new developments on Earth. Find out why pavement on curved roads are grooved, and find out how an ISS docking algorithm helps Lasik patients improve (rather than completely destroy) their vision.

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why There’s No Universal “North”

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    Does the universe have a “north” or “south?” Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how only rotating objects have such orientation, and there are no signs of the whole universe spinning. Neil teaches comedian Chuck Nice a way to find “north” on any rotating object. Also, find out what early scientists got wrong about the north pole of the Milky Way.

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson about Pseudoscience!

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord answer fan questions about pseudoscience, from creationism, ouija boards, healing cristals, tarot, and alternative medicine.

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson Intervews Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Seth MacFarlane, the brain behind Family Guy, A Million Ways to Die in the West and an executive producer of COSMOS on FOX.

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    Neil deGrasse Tysons exclusive Conversation with God

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    This Sunday, Neil deGrasse Tyson has the most exclusive interview in the history of StarTalk Radio -- a one-on-one conversation with... God. Yes, God. Neil takes full advantage of the opportunity, asking God about everything from evolution and the fossil record to the Big Bang and the possibility of alien life. The two discuss free will, creationism, relativity, quantum physics and string theory. But that's not all. You'll find out why God put so many stars in the sky, which extinct animals he misses the most, how many universes there are in the multiverse, and how he was able to stop the sun in the sky for Joshua outside the walls of Jericho. More surprisingly, you'll find out what God thinks of people who kill in his name and how old the universe really is. For these and other divine revelations, this is one episode of StarTalk Radio you can't afford to miss.

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    God is Trying to Tell You Something -- The Color Purple Soundtrack
    I'll Fly Away -- Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch
    O Fortuna -- Carmina Burana
    Sky Fits Heaven -- Madonna
    Silence -- Delerium, featuring Sarah McLachlan
    Desert Rose -- Sting, with Cheb Mami
    Miracle -- OceanLab
    Gregorian Chant -- Enigma
    Amazing Grace -- State of Grace, featuring Lisbeth Scott

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    Bill Nye: No More Ice Ages?

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    What will the next ice age look like with our warmer global climate? Climatologist Gavin Schmidt recaps some past ice ages, and then gives us a glimpse into the future. Find out how dropping carbon dioxide levels led to our current cycle of ice ages, and how rising levels might change our future expectations. Don’t miss comedian Chuck Nice confuse Milankovitch cycles with Donald Trump’s wife. Plus, Bill Nye The Science Guy talks about his college days hanging out by glacier-formed lakes.

    This is a clip from the premiere episode of StarTalk All-Stars! For more, listen to the full episode of Understanding Climate Change with Bill Nye.


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    Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Cosmic Ballet of the Earth and Moon

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    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson elaborates on a lunar query that was originally explained in “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Find out how gravitational forces and the oceans interact to move the Moon, which is tidally locked with the Earth, 5 inches further from Earth every year. Don’t miss comedian Chuck Nice get weirdly excited when Neil blows his mind with this astrophysics lesson. Also, Neil explains The Double Tidal Lock - a wrestling move he always wanted to invent that is grounded in science!

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    Bill Maher and Neil deGrasse Tyson Backstage after Real Time

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    Join Neil deGrasse Tyson as he takes StarTalk where few have gone been before: backstage after HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Watch as Bill asks Neil his own personal Cosmic Query about an issue he’s very concerned about: the California drought. Plus, the two discuss the possibility of another season of COSMOS.

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    StarTalk: Is Mad Max Our Future? W. Neil deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye | GE

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Gravitational Wave Discovery

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    On September 14th, 2015 a gravitational wave passed through Earth. Yesterday, on February 11, 2016, after months of effort, scientists working with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) were finally able to confirm that they had in fact detected a gravitational wave which had resulted from the collision of two black holes over a billion light years away. The discovery confirmed a major prediction made by Albert Einstein in his 1915 General Theory of Relativity. In this segment, recorded for an upcoming Cosmic Queries episode of StarTalk Radio, host Neil deGrasse Tyson, guest astrophysicist Charles Liu, and comic co-host Eugene Mirman explain what causes gravitational waves, how they affect the fabric of space-time, and how we were able to detect them.

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    Zombie Apocalypse with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    There’s no escaping the Zombie Apocalypse when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Max Brooks, the world’s leading “authority” on these nonexistent killers. The author of World War Z discusses fast and slow zombies and the latest in “zombie science” — mathematical models of how a zombie virus would spread and a Harvard doctor’s book about zombie brain patterns. You’ll find out why a cemetery is the safest place to be in a zombie apocalypse, and what’s inside Eugene Mirman’s “evil beef jerky.” But it’s not all fun and games: Dr. Ian Lipkin, Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia, is on hand to warn us about the really scary stuff: viruses like HIV, SARS, Ebola, Cholera, Influenza and a million others yet to be discovered. Are we all doomed? You’ll have to wait until Part 2 to find out.

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    StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest

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    Where did we come from? Are we alone? Join guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and their special guests comedian Dave Foley and Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute as they attempt to answer these questions on stage at the Marine Memorial Theater in San Francisco on January 24, 2014. In Part 1, Seth outlines the 3 approaches to the search for extra terrestrial intelligence. You'll learn about Frank Drake, the pioneering astronomer whose work has helped define SETI, and even earlier astronomers like Sir William Herschel, who discovered Uranus. (Warning: Since this show was recorded live before an adult audience in San Francisco, be prepared for some mildly suggestive language and humor.)

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Went to the Moon & Discovered the Earth

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    What was the most significant thing that the Apollo program achieved (other than landing on the Moon)? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gives us a rundown of some major improvements that were made during the Apollo era. He goes on to reflect that we got to discover Earth for the first time from the moon. Comedian Chuck Nice figures that Tang was the second most important achievement!

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    StarTalk Radio: Viral Lightning Round with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Laurie Garrett and Chuck Nice

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    Can dangerous pathogens spread via clouds and rain? What was the deadliest plague in history: the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 or the Black Death ? Are we more vulnerable to pandemics today due to air and sea travel? Is the measles outbreak in Wales a result of the anti-vaccination movement? Now that small pox has been eradicated, will future generations need to get vaccinated? Join Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice and watch infectious disease expert Laurie Garrett crush the fastest lighting round ever.

    This Behind the Scenes video was shot during the recording of our episode, Cosmic Queries: Viruses, Outbreaks and Pandemics. If you'd like to listen to the full podcast, click here:

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    Bill Nye: Climate Change & Wine

    3:50

    Can there be any benefits to climate change? Climatologist Gavin Schmidt claims that the answer lies in wine! Learn how the quality of English wines is improving with the rising temperatures. Bill Nye the Science Guy elaborates on how this can actually cause complications in the production and distribution of wine and other agricultural products around the world. Comedian co-host Chuck Nice joins Bill and Gavin for this clip.

    This is a clip from the premiere episode of StarTalk All-Stars! For more, listen to the full episode of Understanding Climate Change with Bill Nye.


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    Snowden & deGrasse Talk Alien Encryption

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    Edward Snowden & Neil deGrasse Tyson Talk about Alien Encryption on deGrasse's Star Talk radio show. This is an interesting topic of conversation. They talk about how encryption works and the theoretical basis of an Extra Terrestrial source being encrypted by default. Perhaps this is the reason why they may be silent.

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    Nerdist with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    Part One - Matt and I ventured to New York to chat up one of their favorite people Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is always the smartest person in the room. Any room. Dr. Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He also hosts NOVA scienceNOW on PBS and the ever enthralling StarTalk, which Mira and I were lucky enough to sit in on for the episode posting November 13th. Beyond all that, HE IS FUNNY. Like, actually hilarious. This ep covers everything from Cosmology to quarks with a side of space sex. We had damn near unhealthy amounts of fun and I hope to con Dr. Tyson to coming on again in the near future. (11/09/2011)

    Part Two - The amazing and brilliant Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to the Nerdist podcast! He enlightens us even more about current astronomy news and talks to Chris about the reality of Star Trek! (11/01/2012)

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    StarTalk Radio Behind The Scenes with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    A Behind the Scenes video from StarTalk Radio Season 2, Episode 1, featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Lynn Koplitz talking about Jon Stewart and An Alien's Guide to Earth

    This Behind the Scenes video was shot during the recording of our episode, An Alien’s Guide to Earth If you'd like to listen to the full podcast, click here:

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    Star Talk Radio - Episode #31: The Science of Fitness

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    It’s time to get pumped up when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews former NFL star and actor Terry Crews about physical fitness. In studio, Neil and Chuck Nice team up with exercise physiologist Dr. Felicia Stoler and neural science professor Wendy Suzuki. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Find out more at

    Hosted by: Neil Degrasse Tyson
    Podcast Network: Real Revolution Radio 2.0
    Network LINK: realrevolutionradio.com

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Gaps in the Periodic Table

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    How did early scientists know to leave gaps for undiscovered elements on the periodic table? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells the story of how Dmitri Mendeleev used a subatomic particle to organize the elements. Also, find out how helium got its name - and who uses more of the voice-changing element than Macy’s. Finally, Neil tells comic co-host Chuck Nice what happened when his personal radiation detector went off in a hospital.

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    Life on Europa? Neil deGrasse Tyson Speculates...

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    How easy would it be to drill through the icy surface of Europa to the ancient oceans below, and could we find life there? Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, host of StarTalk Radio and director of the Hayden Planetarium, answers this Cosmic Query from a fan in this Behind the Scenes video. With comic co-host Eugene Mirman.

    This Behind the Scenes video was shot during the recording of our episode, Cosmic Queries: Tour of the Solar System If you'd like to listen to the full podcast, click here:

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson: How to Blow Up a Planet

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    When a fan asks Neil deGrasse Tyson what would happen to our Solar System if the Death Star from Star Wars blew up Mars, Neil goes one step further and explains to Eugene Mirman the physics of how you might actually go about blowing up a planet. (If you're planning a career as an evil genius, mad scientist or cosmic conqueror, you may want to take notes.)

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    Cosmic Queries Live: Sean Lennon, Carolyn Porco & Chuck Nice

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    Bad-ass Science Groupie and Musician Sean Ono Lennon took some questions on Facebook Live with StarTalk All-Stars host Carolyn Porco and comedian co-host Chuck Nice. They answer queries about music for astronauts, the orbital plane of the solar system, OSIRIS-REx, and more.


    This was streamed live on Facebook on September 10, 2016.

    You can see Sean and Carolyn at StarTalk Live! on September 15 at the Beacon Theatre in New York, along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Eugene Mirman, and special guest Michael Ian Black.


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    Richard Dawkins Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson at Hayden Planetarium

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    Filmed by: StarTalk at Hayden Planetarium

    Edited by: Graham McCann and Stephanie Guttormson

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    Bill Nye Explains Darwins Theory of Evolution

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    In our latest behind the scenes video, Neil deGrasse Tyson asks Bill Nye to explain Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Watch as Bill tells Neil and Chuck Nice about natural selection, dandelions, acorns, sperm, and how amazing Darwin’s accomplishment was given that he didn’t even know about DNA and chromosomes yet. You’ll also find out a few of the strange things Neil, Bill and Chuck have each collected in their lives.

    This Behind the Scenes video was shot during the recording of our episode, The Story of Life on Earth with Sir David Attenborough. If you'd like to listen to the full podcast, click here:

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    Dont Get Neil deGrasse Tyson Started on the Super Moon

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    Don't get Neil started on the subject of the Super Moon. Or better yet, get him started and then get out of the way! Watch what happens when comic co-host Chuck Nice asks astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson this fan's Cosmic Query about the Supermoon.

    This Behind the Scenes video was shot during the recording of our episode, Cosmic Queries: Planet Earth. If you'd like to listen to the full podcast, click here:

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains: Teleporting Electrons

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    Can electrons teleport, and if so, how? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gets to the bottom of this with help from theoretical physicist and cosmologist Paul Steinhardt. Learn how particles might go from one location to another in an instant, and how the act of observing might change a measurement. Comedian Chuck Nice jumps in - and out - with his take on teleportation.

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    Ep 1, P5: Proxima B Cool - A 360° Video from The Hitchhikers Guide to Neils Universe

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    Ever wonder what astrophysicist small talk is like? Climb into the passenger seat as Neil deGrasse Tyson chauffeurs fellow astrophysicist Charles Liu, Chuck Nice, and you around the streets of New York City, and learn about the discovery of the first triple-lobed radio galaxy, as well as quasars, supermassive black holes, colliding galaxies, and galactic cannibalism.

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice: Talking Trash...in Space

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    A fan wants to know about garbage in space: how would we dispose of it, and if we couldn’t get rid of it, what would happen to it? As Neil deGrasse Tyson explains to co-host Chuck Nice, garbage is forever… at least it is on Mars, where there are no microbes to break it down. Find out what it actually means to be biodegradable, what forces besides microbes could break down our trash, and the plausibility of alternate removal methods like Chuck’s childhood idea to shoot our garbage into the sun.

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson Picks the Most Scientifically Accurate Superhero

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    A fan wants to know who is the most scientifically accurate super hero, and who is the least. In this segment, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice weigh the realism of the two billionaires with the really cool toys: Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Tony Stark (Iron Man). The deciding issue, as Neil sees it, is the ARC reactor in Iron Man’s chest. Chuck, meanwhile, is more concerned with the relationship between Batman and Robin, his “young ward.” Come back next week for Neil’s choice for “least scientifically accurate” superhero.

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson: Where Are the Aliens?

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    If there is alien life in the galaxy, where are they? Have they already visited Earth? In this video from Business Insider and StarTalk Radio, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson speculates on what might happen if aliens do visit Earth, and what they might think of us, our scientific achievements and our early adventures in space. Neil also discusses what Stephen Hawking’s fear of aliens really says about how we have treated less advanced civilizations in the past.

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson Answers: Humans on Europa in Our Lifetime?

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    In this Cosmic Query, a 30-year-old fan wants to know if humans will land on Jupiter’s moon Europa in our lifetime. Comedian Chuck Nice says that it is unlikely to happen if the fan meets his untimely death. A more optimistic Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks that it can happen before our fan turns 100! In fact, Neil would love to go ice fishing on Europa, thanks to it’s liquid interior and frozen exterior.

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    Why Did Bill Nye Change His Mind about GMOs?

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    In “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation”, Bill Nye urged caution about GMOs. But recently, Bill Nye famously changed his mind about GMOs. Now, as Bill explains to Chuck Nice, by using GMOs we’ll be able to raise more food on less land and feed more people. In this video, Bill talks about the science behind his reversal. You’ll hear about glyphosate, Shikimic acid pathway, Round-Up Ready® soybeans, corn, cotton, pigweed, and of course, the “be-hated Monsanto.”

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