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Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities, and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe.
s there a formula for funny? Find out when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews the host of The Nightly Show, comedian Larry Wilmore. In studio, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and cognitive neuroscientist Professor Scott Weems help Neil explore the intersection of science and comedy. You’ll discover that humans aren’t the only animals who laugh – even rats are in on the joke. You’ll also learn why a good sense of humor may not be such a good thing after all, and how adding humor to education improves outcomes. Bill Nye gets in on the act with a bit of his own comedy improv, “Sharing Science through Comedy.” Andy Weir, author of The Martian, calls in to the show to discuss how he used comedy to keep the science from getting too heavy. Meanwhile, Neil and Larry geek out over the other things they have in common: a love of science, and science fiction. You’ll hear about Star Trek vs. Star Wars, warp drive vs. hyperspace, and Kirk vs. Picard, along with discussions about life on Mars, panspermia, Isaac Newton, Pluto, and why some people refuse to believe we actually landed on the moon.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the first telescope. On this week’s show, we reflect on how telescopes have shifted our perspective on how small we are in size, space, and time. We also discuss how they help astronomers discover new and interesting aspects of the universe, from Earth-like planets to supernova, from black holes to the Big Bang.
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