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2015

20 Apr. 2015
George Takei
The topic is the popular science fiction show Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). Guests include George Takei, Charles Liu, Leighann Lord and Bill Nye.
 
27 Apr. 2015
Christopher Nolan
Discussing how director Christopher Nolan translates his love of science to his films; with theoretical cosmologist Dr. Janna Levin and comic Eugene Mirman.
 
4 May 2015
Dan Savage
Activist, author and journalist Dan Savage joins Dr. Tyson to discuss what love means in today's society. Anthropologist Helen Fisher and comedian Chuck Nice add their insight to the conversation.
 
11 May 2015
Arianna Huffington
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, explore Living in the Information Age. The two discuss how technology influences the rate and ways in which we communicate. Journalist Jeff Jarvis and comedian Chuck Nice add their insight.
 
18 May 2015
Richard Dawkins
StarTalk tackles a burning question: Can Science and Religion Coexist? Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and evolutionary biologist and ethologist Richard Dawkins debate whether science and religion can truly coexist in today's society. Jesuit clergyman James Martin and comedian Eugene Mirman weigh in.
 
25 May 2015
Jimmy Carter
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and President Jimmy Carter examine the topic of Pulling the Plug on Pestilence. The duo discuss the importance of and progress toward ending fatal epidemic diseases. Mark Siddall, curator of the division of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, and comedian Chuck Nice share their views on this matter.
 
1 Jun. 2015
Chris Hadfield
Social Media-Savvy Astronauts are taking over the cosmos. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, discuss social media milestones in space, and its usage among today's astronauts. Former astronaut Dr. Mike Massimo and comedian Eugene Mirman comment on this growing trend.
 
8 Jun. 2015
Biz Stone
Dr. Tyson explores The Impact of Twitter on Society as he sits down with Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and co-founder/CEO of Super.me. The two discuss how the social media phenomenon has affected the way we communicate in today's world. Sharing their experience and opinions are Dr. Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology at Columbia University; Clive Thompson, journalist; and Eugene Mirman, comedian.
 
15 Jun. 2015
Charles Bolden
This week's theme is NASA's Vision on Space. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, administrator of NASA, examine NASA's past, present and future. Astrophysicist Dr. Michael Shara and science educator Bill Nye share their thoughts on the space program.
 
22 Jun. 2015
Norman Lear
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Norman Lear, television writer and producer, discuss TV and the Evolution of American Culture. From "All in the Family" to "The Big Bang Theory," the diverse television landscape and evolving American culture are explored. Author Saul Austerlitz and comedian Chuck Nice add their insight.
 
25 Oct. 2015
Bill Clinton
In the season premiere, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with former President Bill Clinton, who was a strong advocate of science education and advancement during his two presidential terms. President Clinton opens up about his deep appreciation for science as he delves into topics including the importance of science in politics, the cosmic perspective, the Human Genome Project and Einstein. At the Cullman Hall of the Universe, Tyson continues the conversation with his comedian co-host Chuck Nice and genomics expert Juan Enriquez. Meanwhile, Bill Nye gives his take on ...
 
1 Nov. 2015
Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore joins Tyson in the hot seat as the two delve into the intersection of science and comedy. At the Cullman Hall of the Universe, Tyson is joined by his co-hosts: comedian Chuck Nice and Scott Weems, author of "Ha. The Science of When We Laugh and Why." The three discuss the physiology of laughter, the mathematics of crafting jokes and the link between humor and creativity. Adding to the discussion, author Andy Weir patches into the studio to discuss the comedy in his book "The Martian" and Bill Nye presents an improve performance to demonstrate that ...
 
8 Nov. 2015
Seth MacFarlane
Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy" and fellow executive producer of "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey", to discuss the role science plays in his work and personal life. In a private interview, the two take on myriad topics, including social issues in cartoons, the science of "Family Guy" and the science fiction parodies that abound in the series. Tyson is joined in the Cullman Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Chuck Nice and astrophysicist and AMNH research associate Charles Liu, and later Bill Nye gives his take on cartoons and ...
 
15 Nov. 2015
Penn and Teller
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews magicians Penn and Teller and discusses the science of illusion with co-host Chuck Nice and guest Susana Martinez-Conde.
 
28 Nov. 2015
Susan Sarandon
Neil deGrasse Tyson expands his cosmic perspective with actress and activist Susan Sarandon. The two discuss gender, race, perspective, marijuana and Carl Sagan.
 
7 Dec. 2015
David Byrne
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews musician David Byrne and discusses creativity in the arts and sciences with co-host Maeve Higgins and guest Monica Lopez-Gonzalez.
 
14 Dec. 2015
Mars 1
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp and discusses the idea of establishing a permanent human settlement on Mars with co-host Eugene Mirman and guest Mike Massimino.
 
21 Dec. 2015
David Crosby
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews David Crosby and discusses folk music and social justice with co-host Chuck Nice and guest Thomas Sugrue.
 
28 Dec. 2015
Brian Cox
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews physicist Brian Cox and discusses communicating science to the public with co-host Maeve Higgins and guest Jason Silva.
 

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