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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Leap Day as Only an Astrophysicist Can

Any good gradeschooler knows how many days are in a year: 365. But that’s not quite the case. It takes Earth just a little bit more than 365 days to complete our orbit around the sun–about 365-and-a-quarter days. But 365.2422 doesn’t fly off the tongue so easy does it? So we stick with the old…

Susan Sarandon and Neil deGrasse Tyson Get Deep With Cosmic Perspective

This week on StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson expands his cosmic perspective with actress and activist Susan Sarandon. Known for her roles in the popular films The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Thelma and Louise, the two discuss gender, race, perspective, marijuana, and Carl Sagan. In this clip, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Susan Sarandon’s conversation touches…

Seth MacFarlane’s Scientific Influences

This Sunday on StarTalk, host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with Seth MacFarlane, who became the youngest showrunner in television history when his animated series Family Guy aired on Fox. MacFarlane also executive produced the 21st century version of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey. In addition to creating some of the most popular content…

Sexy Science With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Last night, Neil deGrasse Tyson sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show to discuss the tender side of science, the search for liquid water, life on other planets, and what makes a perfect guest for Neil’s own talk show, StarTalk. In this clip, Stephen Colbert and Neil have a good laugh over some…

Bill Clinton’s Cosmic Perspective

StarTalk is back for a second season and tonight Neil deGrasse Tyson (your personal astrophysicist) has a very special guest: President Bill Clinton, who Neil considers an honorary member of the geek club. Among Bill Clinton’s many other interests, he will talk to you about Einstein, artificial intelligence, the impact of science on society, and…

Happy ‘Back to the Future Day’ From Neil deGrasse Tyson

Hello, McFly! Welcome to October 21, 2015. It might feel like your average Wednesday, but this marks the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown set their time-traveling DeLorean to in Steven Spielberg’s “Back to the Future Part II.” And it also marks the day we get to dissect the creativity of the futurists of…

Talking to a TV Legend on the Season Finale of StarTalk Tonight

Science and classic television collide on tonight’s season finale of StarTalk, when Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with legendary television producer Norman Lear, who many consider to be the pioneer of the television sitcom in the 1970s.  Lear’s most notable programs include “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” and “The Jeffersons” – programs that continue to…

Talking NASA and the Future of Space Exploration on Tonight’s StarTalk

Get ready to embrace your inner nerd on tonight’s episode of StarTalk, when Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks with the head of NASA, Major General Charles Bolden.  Bolden is a former astornaut and the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  He shares his experience deploying the Hubble Space Telescope, the emergence of commercial space flight, and NASA’s future…

Discussing the Twitter Take-off on Tonight’s StarTalk

Do you remember your first tweet?  On tonight’s episode of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson talks to the co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone.  A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large-scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years.  During the interview, Stone shares how Twitter was created and what it’s been…

Discussing Parasites with a Former President on Tonight’s StarTalk

Things get presidential on this episode of StarTalk, when Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with former President Jimmy Carter. Carter served as the 39th president of the Untied States from 1977 to 1981. After his presidency he founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization aimed to wage peace and fight disease around the globe. One of the…