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Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Science, pop culture and comedy collide on StarTalk Radio! Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe. Keep Looking Up! New episodes premiere Friday nights at 7pm ET.
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Was Albert Einstein right? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and theoretical physicist Jim Gates, PhD, investigate general relativity, special relativity, the process of proving equations right, and answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries! NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-proving-einstein-right/ Thanks to our Patrons Beverly Bellows, Christopher Mank, Darrell R. Scott, Eric Burgess, Pike Persons, AK Llyr, Nicholas Belsten, and Samuel D Fairchild for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Ferdinand Schmutzer / Public domain. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How do our brains learn? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Dave Bakker learn about learning at the Pocketlab Science Is Cool Virtual Unconference with neuroscientist Heather Berlin, PhD. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/the-science-of-learning-with-heather-berlin/ Thanks to our Patrons Steve Vera, Mike Ness, Stephan Greenway, Jovanni Mendoza, Luke Cadman, Shenaye Dawson, Mathew Green, Angelo Dower, Zachary Zahn, Brandon Diamond for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Tomwsulcer, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Are you ready for the cicada invasion? In this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Negin Farsad sit down with entomologist Jessica Ware to answer your questions about the millions of cicadas emerging this summer after 17 years underground. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-cicada-invasion-with-jessica-ware/ Thanks to our Patrons Kaz Barnes, Philippe Dewindt, M. Tristan Moody, Dan Hadfield, Wavezzz, Tony Le, Kyle Marston, Colten Judd, Rafael Ignacio Aguilar Carrillo, Caleb Martin for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Katja Schulz from Washington, D. C., USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How do we fix climate change? In this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice sit down with Sr. Advisor on Climate Science at NASA, Gavin Schmidt, for the Youth Climate Summit to answer questions about climate change. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/climate-summit-live-with-gavin-schmidt/ Thanks to our Patrons Jason Johst, Ava Spurr, Andrew Kodama, Ben Daumler, Ds Tillbrook, Dmitry Kucher, Daniel Hamburger, Jason Jones, Bryan Hurley, Javier Rodriguez for supporting us this week. Image Credit: William Putman/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Designer babies? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice sit down with biographer Walter Isaacson to explore Neil’s interview with Nobel Prize-winning biochemist, Jennifer Doudna, about her pioneering work with CRISPR technology. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/the-code-of-life-and-crispr-with-jennifer-doudna-and-walter-isaacson/ Thanks to our Patrons Miguel Santana!!, Cristina Magistrali, Phillipe Dewindt, Toren Wallengren, Eric Huffman, Christopher Sukhanenya, Dmitry Pugachevich for supporting us this week. Image Credit: Tim Tim (VD fr), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Are we really made of stardust? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Negin Farsad explore the life – and death – of stars with astrophysicist Jackie Faherty, PhD.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/the-life-and-death-of-stars-with-jackie-faherty/ Thanks to our Patrons The Warzone12, 1x4x9, Michael Borger, Michael Meyn, Hieu Trinh, Vegard Gjertsen, Gavin Dhillon, Xavier Sims, Ram Kumar, and Rhys Smith for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/HEIC and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Do we live in one of many universes? On this episode of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice investigate the theory of the multiverse with physicist and author, Prof. Max Tegmark.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-multiverse-madness-with-max-tegmark/ Thanks to our Patrons Eric Colombel, David Johnston, Tracy Fox, Jason Sills, Anderson Clark, Andrew Kranz, Kyle Marston, Alex Lopes, Zach Jerrells, and Rob Tadje for supporting us this week. Illustration Credit: Silver Spoon, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Is there life on other planets? On this episode of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Matt Kirshen dig into the search for extraterrestrial life with exoplanet expert and author of the memoir, “Smallest Lights in the Universe,” astrophysicist Sara Seager. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-life-on-exoplanets-with-sara-seager/ Thanks to our Patrons zach hughes, Bryan Hurley, Leona Shimoru, Syed A Bilgrami, Dan Snider, Shelia Hutson, Joshua Ratcliffe, Mick Pirgmann, Matthew Stares, and heyohriver for supporting us this week. Shown: High-resolution still illustration of the potential exoplanet WD 1856 b with its host star. Credit: NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What makes up the universe? On this episode of StarTalk, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice unveil the new StarTalk book, Cosmic Queries, with theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, breaking down the building blocks of the universe. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-origins-of-the-universe-with-janna-levin/ Thanks to our Patrons Sunny Day, Shain Dholakiya, Penny Joy, Ben Miller, Eric Lamont, Fernando Sepulveda, Caleb Nolan, Beverly Bellows, Pedro, and Chris Mank for supporting us this week. Shown: Abel 1689. Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, E. Jullo (JPL/LAM), P. Natarajan (Yale) and J-P. Kneib (LAM). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How do we improve the news? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice talk echo chambers and America’s media problem with Max Tegmark, physicist and creator of AI media tool ImproveTheNews.org, and journalist Jeff Jarvis.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/improving-the-news-with-max-tegmark/ Thanks to our Patrons kbw, Mike l Ness, Ashley Finamore, Amy A, Brandon, Scott, ITinker, Mike l, CrownFire, and Luke skywalker lustila for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Nancy Wong, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’re headed back to Mars – Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice explore NASA’s Perseverance rover and its red planet mission with NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/mars-perseverance-with-jim-green-nasa-chief-scientist/ Thanks to our Patrons Nina Barton, Yancey L Sanford, Tyrel Carson, Peter Jacobs, Laura Inger, Samuel Watts, Joshua Allen, Tom Hegedosh, Connor Haberland, and Abhay Joshi for supporting us this week. Illustration Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What is dark matter? Are we alone? How will it all end? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on topics from all across the universe.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-dark-matter-aliens-end-of-the-universe/ Thanks to our Patrons Kyle Marston, Caleb Martin, Zachary Zahn, David Liebert, Caralee Wahab, Michael Hoogwater, Robert Gowing, Tracy Skrabut, Henry Drefeldt, and Pyry Sipiläinen for supporting us this week. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), and M. Mutchler and R. Avila (STScI). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What time is it? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and astronomer and anthropologist Anthony Aveni answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about timekeeping, the history of time, and more! NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-timekeeping/ Thanks to our Patrons Douglas Robinson, Michael Kiddy, Oskari Laine, David Frederick, Tim Shearn, Emily Lindy, Vincent Wright, Jason Kawa, Jennifer Alyssa Aiken, and Melinda Ellis for supporting us this week. Image Credit: Storyblocks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How do you know you’re happy? How can you be happier? Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Negin Farsad, and Laurie Santos, PhD, psychologist and host of The Happiness Lab, investigate the science of happiness.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Thanks to our Patrons Victor Sanchez, Austin Douglas, Sara George, Maxwell Freitag, Glenn Hunter Lusk, Roch Venne, Vladimir Tkachenko, Robert Gilmore, Glenn Camhi, and Albert Holk for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Storyblocks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Since passing through our solar system in 2017, ‘Oumuamua has been a hot topic of conversation for astronomers. Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about ‘Oumuamua with cosmochemist Dr. Natalie Starkey. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-oumuamua/ Thanks to our Patrons Christopher Sukhanenya, Dmitry Pugachevich, Eugenio Barrera, Colton Cichocki, Brad Sofka, Atle Beckmann, Alex Prieto, Dorothy Papadakos, Steven Bunevitch, and Johnathan Bynog for supporting us this week. Illustration Credit: European Southern Observatory/M. Kornmesser. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There are topics you might think you understand, but, do you really? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice investigate the differences between mass, weight, and density, why ice floats, and how much you would weigh in space. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/things-you-thought-you-knew/ Thanks to our Patrons Christopher Sukhanenya, Dmitry Pugachevich, Eugenio Barrera, Dakota Clifford, Nick Mancusi, Nicholas Musial, Sebastian Roser, Bryan J. Jacop, Robert Frasco, and Obumneme Ozoh for supporting us this week. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Happy 2021! Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice are looking at the year ahead, reminiscing on the year past, and answering fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the speed of light, gas giants, and more! NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-new-year/ Thanks to our Patrons Christopher Sukhanenya, Dmitry Pugachevich, Eugenio Barrera, Z. Reese Downing, Sondra Ballegeer, Chris Ziegenhagel, Matthew H Cooper, Jonathan R. Brown, Yakov Goldberg, and Michael Blevins for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Storyblocks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Did early humans eat a paleo diet? Can we learn how to deal with climate change by studying our ancient ancestors? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Matt Kirshen, and geochemist Tina Lüdecke explore the climate and diet of early humans. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/climate-and-diet-of-early-humans/ Thanks to our Patrons Cristina Magistrali, Toren Wallengren, Eric Huffman, Julia Casey, Colton Siefker, Daniel Wenger, Matias Mancini, John Thompson, Chris Krish, and Alvero Wiggins for supporting us this week. Photo Courtesy of Tina Lüdecke. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When you think of Middle Ages, does scientific advancement come to mind? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Matt Kirshen, and Seb Falk, Cambridge Historian of Science and author of The Light Ages, explore the science and history of medieval times. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-medieval-science-and-history/ Thanks to our Patrons Trumpet Wom', Xavier Sims, Rhys Smith, Michael Fournier, Saawan Patel, Gary Wight, Chris K Samuel, Carson Haynes, Adrian Hernandez, and Sanchit Monga for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Andrew Shiva/Wikipedia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Black holes, the Arecibo Observatory, artificial intelligence, and more – Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer a special batch of Cosmic Queries from some of our most supportive fans.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-fan-grab-bag/ Thanks to our Patrons Joel Cherrico, Cory Farnum, Patti Weber, Vegard Gjertsen, Christopher Ludwig, Maria Atienza, Darshan Parmar, Larry Streeter, Kaleb Saleeby, Gregory Newman, and Jeffrey Moore for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: Detlef Hartmann; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (393)

Jessica Jones

Does crying while studying for finals count?

May 5th
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snosaer

i love doctor heather berlin!

May 4th
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Ollie Hayes

Neil, you are the best, I could listen to you all day but this podcast is ruined by Chuck, please please get rid of him.

Apr 27th
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snosaer

king phillip could order fresh good sandwiches ..for the party!🐶🦊🦮🐯🐸🐒🐣🦇🦕🐳🦧🐝🐞🦋🦟🐢🐙🐡🐋🐆🐘🦒🐄🦚🦨🐉

Apr 27th
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Voltaire Rothschild

I'm very disappointed with this Episode. She claimed their would be millions of Cicadas when in reality there will be TRILLIONS. She is literally off by a factor of a million. There will be a million million Cicadas. This is not a joke, plenty of papers have already come out quoting trillions not millions, she of all people should know this! Secondly she didn't even get into how loud they would be. One single Cicada is 100 dB loud or about as loud as a motorcycle! Now imagine million of them in your back yard! Other podcasts also talked about how Cicadas taste nutty and she made them sound like they will taste awful. She didn't do the show justice underquoting the insects. She also didn't bring up how there is a particular type of bacteria that will eat them alive which isn't a good thing because someone out there may end up eating an infected one and she completely failed to bring that up. I'm sorry but this topic was butchered. Science VS did an amazing job on their Cicada episode and went into really great detail of what we should expect and explained a lot of these questions with much greater detail and accuracy and still managed to make it funny and entertaining.

Apr 27th
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snosaer

“space balls” was my “star wars” it blew my mind as a baby i watched twice the first time i saw it and had no idea what star wars.

Apr 24th
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Shahed Qasemi

Who said science is boring?

Apr 15th
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Jithin Jacob

Twice she didn't say how long a star would take in the death phase even though that was the main part of the question. Very frustrating!

Apr 15th
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Fernando Saenz

Sorry , I love this podcast but this one was a not very good 💤😴 .

Apr 14th
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Grunkle Hatter

for some reason this is marked as Season 42 can someone please fix this I am tired of looking at it constantly getting bumped to the top of the channels feed :)

Apr 9th
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Krishna Priyanka Bh

Thank you all for doing this episode,it was really interesting and insightful:)!! Though the future looked both exciting and scary with gene editing possible, the conclusion that making it affordable (using smartphone analogy) is the way to go,provides some hope.

Apr 6th
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Shahed Qasemi

Me this whole time : 👁️👄👁️

Apr 5th
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Junior Santos

fantastic podcast 💜

Mar 28th
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Shahed Qasemi

Space swimming competition would be fun to watch 🤔

Mar 28th
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Shahed Qasemi

I'm listening to music in a different way now 😐

Mar 24th
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Ed Potter

I love the mind bending shows about the outer reaches of theoretical physics. As Max says a theory only has to prove one prediction, one testable hypothesis, are there theories that make multiple predictions of which only one is proven and others proven false? Do these unproven or untestable hypothesis reflect on the original theory, the math or is it simply refined knowing that the prediction must be true?

Mar 23rd
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Alex De Marco

This episode should have come with a preface "warning. The cosmos may be disturbing for some listeners." It was amazing. It was terrifying. It made me want to learn more, and also made me question my own existence.

Mar 9th
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Konrad Fry

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Mar 4th
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Brooks Kelley

Great podcast and idea but after all the talk about the damage of media induced divisiveness and demonizing the other side the journalism "expert" is a super woke New York Liberal who says the problem is Fox News and all those simple people I am better than who I dont agree with and not a word about the damage caused by his side. hard to imagine someone less self, or topically aware.

Mar 4th
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Alex De Marco

Just FYI, lots of beer among priests, particularly Beligians. The abbeys have brewed their own beer for centuries. You can find Belgian Abbey Beer in stores.

Mar 2nd
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