StarTalk

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  • 2015
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.8  (796)

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson is a popular science talk show that explores the relationship between science and society. Debuted on National Geographic in 2015, the show features a diverse range of guests from various fields, including science, technology, entertainment, and politics.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist, serves as the host and moderator of the show. He brings his extensive knowledge of science to the table, but also his wit, humor, and ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. As the moderator, Tyson's role is to facilitate the conversation and keep the show on track.

One of the most notable aspects of the show is the recurring guest appearance of Bill Nye, also known as "The Science Guy." Nye, a mechanical engineer turned science popularizer, adds a unique flavor to the show with his signature bow tie, eccentric personality, and enthusiasm for science. His contributions to the show range from explaining the technical details of scientific phenomena to debunking pseudoscience and misinformation.

Another regular guest on the show is Chuck Nice, a stand-up comedian and radio personality. While not a scientist himself, Nice brings his own perspective to the show and serves as the "voice of the people." He represents the average person in the audience who may not have a deep understanding of science but is curious and open-minded.

The format of the show is straightforward. Each episode features a different guest, and the discussion centers around a particular topic or theme. The guests may include scientists, engineers, astronauts, authors, actors, and even politicians. Some notable guests from past episodes include former US President Bill Clinton, world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, and Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio.

The show tackles a broad range of topics, from space exploration and physics to climate change and artificial intelligence. The guests share their expertise and insights into these subjects, and the discussion often delves into the societal implications of scientific advancements. For example, an episode may explore the ethical considerations of gene editing or the impact of automation on the job market.

One of the unique features of StarTalk is its use of pop culture references to explain scientific concepts. Tyson and his guests often use metaphors, analogies, and examples from movies, TV shows, and music to illustrate their points. This approach makes the show more accessible to a wider audience and helps to break down barriers that may prevent some people from engaging with science.

The show is not just a passive viewing experience. It encourages audience participation and engagement through social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Viewers can ask questions or comment on the discussion using the hashtag #StarTalk. Selected questions are then addressed on the show, and the audience member is credited for their contribution.

In addition to the TV show, StarTalk also includes a popular podcast and a live event series. The podcast features extended interviews with guests and additional content not covered in the TV show. The live events bring the show to a live audience, providing an opportunity for people to interact with Tyson, Nye, and other guests in person.

Overall, StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson is an engaging and informative show that explores the fascinating world of science and its impact on society. With its blend of humor, pop culture, and hard science, it is a great way to learn about the latest scientific breakthroughs and to stay informed about the crucial issues of our time.

StarTalk is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (77 episodes). The series first aired on April 20, 2015.

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Journalist Christiane Amanpour
37. Journalist Christiane Amanpour
May 16, 2019
Neil deGrasse Tyson and correspondent Christiane Amanpour discuss journalistic neutrality.
Bill Nye
36. Bill Nye
May 9, 2019
Bill Nye is interviewed.
Director Darren Aronofsky
35. Director Darren Aronofsky
May 9, 2019
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.
Author Patricia Cornwell
34. Author Patricia Cornwell
May 2, 2019
Author Patricia Cornwell is interviewed.
Weird Al Yankovic
33. Weird Al Yankovic
May 2, 2019
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with parody songwriter Weird Al Yankovic.
Actor James Marsden
32. Actor James Marsden
April 25, 2019
James Marsden helps analyze humans' hopes and fears about AI.
Actor Jeff Goldblum
31. Actor Jeff Goldblum
April 25, 2019
A conversation with Jeff Goldblum.
Actor Anna Deavere Smith
30. Actor Anna Deavere Smith
April 18, 2019
An interview of Anna Deavere Smith explores the roles of art and science.
Author George R.R. Martin
29. Author George R.R. Martin
April 18, 2019
“Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin is interviewed.
 News Anchor Dan Rather
28. News Anchor Dan Rather
April 11, 2019
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Dan Rather
Actor Jack Black
27. Actor Jack Black
April 11, 2019
Neil deGrasse Tyson blows the mind of Jack Black.
Vice President Al Gore
26. Vice President Al Gore
April 4, 2019
Summary not available
US Space Command
25. US Space Command
April 4, 2019
Summary not available
Bill Nye
24. Bill Nye
December 3, 2018
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with science educator Bill Nye.
The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg & Bill Prady
23. The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg & Bill Prady
November 26, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Simon Helberg and Bill Prady.
Joe Rogan and the Science of Primitive Man
22. Joe Rogan and the Science of Primitive Man
November 19, 2018
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
Anthony Bourdain
21. Anthony Bourdain
November 12, 2018
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain.
Stephen Hawking
20. Stephen Hawking
March 4, 2018
Stephen Hawking
Astronaut Scott Kelly
19. Astronaut Scott Kelly
February 25, 2018
Astronaut Scott Kelly.
Kelly Slater And The Science Of Surfing
18. Kelly Slater And The Science Of Surfing
February 11, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with surfer Kelly Slater, then discusses the science of surfing with Chuck Nice and William Finnegan.
Frank Oz and the Science of Puppeteering
17. Frank Oz and the Science of Puppeteering
February 4, 2018
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews puppeteer Frank Oz.
Sam Harris and the Science of Belief
16. Sam Harris and the Science of Belief
January 28, 2018
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with neuroscientist Sam Harris.
True Story of Hidden Figures
15. True Story of Hidden Figures
January 21, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book "Hidden Figures" and Janelle Mone, actress in the movie of the same name. He discusses NASA's hidden figures with comedian Sasheer Zamata and NASA Chief Historian Bill Barry. Tracy Drain, NASA systems engineer joins them. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, also appears.
 Alan Alda
14. Alan Alda
January 14, 2018
Host of "The Late Show," Stephen Colbert.
Stephen Colbert
13. Stephen Colbert
January 7, 2018
Actor and science communication advocate Alan Alda.
Interstellar Space Travel
12. Interstellar Space Travel
December 17, 2017
Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with Mae Jemison and discusses the challenges of interstellar travel with Godfrey and Lawrence Krauss.
Salman Rushdie
11. Salman Rushdie
December 10, 2017
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Salman Rushdie and explores the science of storytelling with comedian Eugene Mirman and literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall.
Celestial Navigation
10. Celestial Navigation
December 3, 2017
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with master navigator Nainoa Thompson.
James Cameron
9. James Cameron
November 27, 2017
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews filmmaker and National Geographic explorer-in-residence James Cameron and discusses the intersection of storytelling, exploration, and science with Chuck Nice and Charles Liu.
Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau & Adrian Grenier
8. Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau & Adrian Grenier
November 19, 2017
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, aquanaut Fabien Cousteau, and actor Adrian Grenier.
Katy Perry
7. Katy Perry
November 12, 2017
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Grammy-nominated pop star Katy Perry in Los Angeles, where Tyson answers all of her cosmic queries. In the Cullman Hall of the Universe, comedian co-host Sasheer Zamata and astrophysicist Charles Liu join Tyson to discuss science in pop culture and music.
SciFi Meets National Defense
6. SciFi Meets National Defense
November 5, 2017
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Arati Prabhakar, former head of the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Tyson is joined in the Cullman Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Chuck Nice and national security journalist Sharon Weinberger to discuss the intersection of science fiction, technology and national defense. Adding to the discussion, rocket scientist Natalie Panek joins via video call and Hod Lipson demonstrates his self-aware robot.
Kevin Smith
5. Kevin Smith
October 29, 2017
Filmmaker, comic book fanatic and all-around geek ambassador, Kevin Smith sits down with host Neil deGrasse Tyson. Later, in the Cullman Hall of the Universe, Tyson is joined by comedian co-host Chuck Nice and astrophysicist Charles Liu as they discuss science fiction, comic books and the science of superheroes. StarTalk science correspondent and anthropologist Natalia Reagan sends a dispatch from San Diego Comic-Con, where hundreds of thousands of fans converge to share their passion for comics, science fiction, movies, TV and cosplay.
Katie Couric
4. Katie Couric
October 22, 2017
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with renowned news anchor Katie Couric. Tyson is joined in the Cullman Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Eugene Mirman and journalism professor Jeff Jarvis to discuss the intersection of science and journalism. Adding to the discussion, Chuck Nice chimes in with the crowds at the March for Science.
Jane Goodall
3. Jane Goodall
October 15, 2017
Legendary chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall joins host Neil deGrasse Tyson for a featured interview. Tyson is joined in the Cullman Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Chuck Nice and biological anthropologist Jill Pruetz to discuss chimp behavior, animal and environmental ethics and the evolutionary differences between chimpanzees and humans. Primatologist and anthropologist Natalia Reagan joins the conversation from a chimpanzee sanctuary in Georgia.
Kareem Abdul-jabbar
2. Kareem Abdul-jabbar
October 8, 2017
Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and discusses the science of basketball with Chuck Nice and Charles Liu.
Lance Armstrong
1. Lance Armstrong
October 1, 2017
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with controversial cyclist Lance Armstrong.
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Where to Watch StarTalk
StarTalk is available for streaming on the National Geographic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch StarTalk on demand at FuboTV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 20, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (796)