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Synopsis

Star Talk bridges the intersection between Pop Culture and Science with clarity, humor and passion. Captivating subjectssuch as space travel, extra-terrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of our Earth and the environment, and breaking news from the universewill all be explored. Hilarity ensues as Tyson is joined each week by comedian co-hosts, celebrities, and other special guests.

Episodes

  • Lance Armstrong

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  • Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau & Adrian Grenier

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    Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau & Adrian Grenier: Neil deGrasse Tyson meets legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle and famed aquanaut Fabien Cousteau. With actor and activist Adrian Grenier.

  • Jane Goodall

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  • Scifi Meets National Defense

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    Sci-Fi Meets National Defence: Neil deGrasse Tyson meets Arati Prabhakar, former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. With national security journalist Sharon Weinberger.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Host Neil deGrasse Tyson meets NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Astrophysicist Charles Liu and former 76er Jim Spanarkel discuss the science and history of basketball.

  • Celestial Navigation

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    Celestial Navigation: Host Neil deGrasse Tyson meets master navigator Nainoa Thompson. With comedian Maeve Higgins and author and science writer Dava Sobel.

  • Katie Couric

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    Katie Couric: Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes renowned news anchor Katie Couric. Plus, science and journalism come under the spotlight in the Hall of the Universe.

  • James Cameron

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    Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with filmmaker and National Geographic explorer-in-residence James Cameron. Cameron discusses everything from the inspiration behind his record-breaking film, Avatar, to his solo dive down to the deepest point of the Mariana Trench. Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Chuck Nice, along with guest astrophysicist Charles Liu, to discuss the intersection of storytelling, exploration and science.

  • Kevin Smith

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    Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with filmmaker and comic book fanatic Kevin Smith. Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Chuck Nice, along with guest astrophysicist Charles Liu, to discuss science fiction and the science of superheroes. Adding to the discussion, Natalia Reagan joins in the studio to discuss her experience at San Diego Comic-Con.

  • Salman Rushdie

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  • Katy Perry

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    Katy Perry: Neil deGrasse Tyson meets pop sensation Katy Perry, also discussing some of her 'Cosmic Queries' with actress Sasheer Zamata and astrophysicist Charles Liu.

  • Stephen Hawking

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    In Memory of Stephen Hawking: Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with world-renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.

  • Interstellar Space Travel

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    Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison. Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Godfrey, along with theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, to discuss the challenges of interstellar travel. Also in the studio, biomedical engineer Ronke Olabisi joins to weigh in on the biological aspects of sending humans interstellar.

  • Alan Alda

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    Alan Alda: Neil deGrasse Tyson meets seven-time Golden Globe winner Alan Alda. He also discusses science communication with British comedian Matt Kirshen and neuroscientist Heather Berlin.

  • True Story Of Hidden Figures

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    True Story of Hidden Figures: Neil deGrasse Tyson meets Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly and Grammy-nominee Janelle Monae. Plus, NASA's human computers come under the spotlight.

  • Stephen Colbert

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    Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with comedian and host of "The Late Show," Stephen Colbert. Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Adam Conover, along with author and satire analyst Sophia McClennen to discuss the intersections of comedy, science, and politics. To add to the conversation about entertainment and public figures, Bill Nye The Science Guy sends in a dispatch from Hollywood Boulevard.

  • Sam Harris And The Science Of Belief

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    Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with neuroscientist and author, Sam Harris. Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Godfrey, along with neuroscientist and neuroethology pioneer, Andrew Newberg, to discuss everything from free will and religion to consciousness and psychedelic drugs. Author Robert Wright joins via Skype call to add to the conversation on meditation and enlightenment.

  • Frank Oz And The Science Of Puppeteering

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    Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with puppeteer Frank Oz, known for fan-favourite characters including Miss Piggy, Cookie Monster, and Yoda. Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Adam Conover, along with astrophysicist Charles Liu, to discuss iconic puppets, the people "behind the curtain," and their impact on pop culture. To add to the conversation, Bill Nye joins from the Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and Chuck Nice sends a dispatch from New York Comic Con.

  • Kelly Slater And The Science Of Surfing

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    Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with world champion surfer Kelly Slater. Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Chuck Nice, along with writer William Finnegan and oceanographer Travis Schramek to discuss the science of surfing and some fun surf terminology. To add to the conversation, Bill Nye weighs in from a surf shop and, via Skype call, wave designer Adam Fincham speaks to how the Kelly Slater Wave Co. developed their revolutionary wave pool.

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly

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    Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, Scott Kelly. Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Chuck Nice, along with NASA astronaut Terry Virts and NASA biomedical scientist Jennifer Fogarty to discuss the science and biological challenges of extended human space flight. To add to the conversation, Chuck Nice shares his dispatch from Washington Square Park in New York City. Then, Bill Nye tries on a space suit and weighs in from what appears to be, but realistically isn't, somewhere out in the cosmos.