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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.
Let it sit and watch the science happen: Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice answer Cosmic Queries about fermentation with Arielle Johnson, PhD, science officer on Good Eats, food writer, and formerly the in-house R&D scientist at Noma. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-fermentation/ Thanks to our Patrons Ryan Bariteau, Dan Snider, Shelia Hutson, Sonya Loeffler, Vishu Kamble, Dusty Switala, Daniel E Puig, Dan McGowan, Sullivan S Paulson, and Nigel Adams for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Storyblocks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
You’ve fallen into a black hole! What do you do? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about black holes with Janna Levin, PhD, astrophysicist and author of the new book Black Hole Survival Guide. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-black-hole-survival-guide/ Thanks to our Patrons Ryan Bariteau, Dan Snider, Shelia Hutson, Austin Cope, Zachary Keirstead, Chris Goshorn, Cory Flanagin, Jacob Lackeym, Adam Albilya, and Russell Konicki for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group/Penguin Random House. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How can we combat climate change? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, and chemist Peter Mahaffy, PhD, investigate on our first virtual StarTalk Live, sponsored by Pocketlab. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free. To watch this episode on YouTube, click here. Thanks to our Patrons Brennon Russ, Tony Marulli, Evan Konikoff, Gabriel Picard, Bryan Poole, Dominic Wells, Maggie Danger, and Ruud van der Linden for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Storyblocks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Did you know there’s hidden science in music? Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Grammy-award winning composer Eric Whitacre, co-host Chuck Nice, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, PhD, and mathematician and concert pianist Eugenia Cheng, PhD, to investigate. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/the-hidden-science-of-music-with-eric-whitacre/ Thanks to our Patrons Julia Zeikowitz, Cory Ricci, Sridev Pawar, Mark Hachem, Michael Gessner, Roderic E Hairston, Chuck Betlach, and Riyam Al-Sammarraie for supporting us this week. Shown: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eric Whitacre, before the pandemic. Photo Credit: Stacey Severn. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Can black holes alter light speed? Is astrophysics the Meryl Streep of the Nobel Prize in Physics? Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and astrophysicist Janna Levin, PhD, answer Cosmic Queries about black holes and the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-the-2020-nobel-prize/ Thanks to our Patrons Sand McUnicorn, Marcus Guerra, Loren Kimble, Mahmoud Hayat, Rupert Thomas, Elliot T Rauba, Byron J Reid, and J Ayala for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Event Horizon Telescope, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
He’s Dwight from The Office, he’s a climate activist, and he’s definitely a nerd. Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Rainn Wilson to explore acting, climate change, his new show Utopia, and the mysteries of the universe.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-crib-with-rainn-wilson/ Thanks to our Patrons Jennifer Sell-Knapp, Chris Reynolds, Nancy Umanzor, Daniel Rolandelli, Raymond Mang, Saad Algwaizani, Tyler Causey, and Christopher Lowther for supporting us this week. Image Credit: Elizabeth Morris/Amazon Prime Video. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Do black holes evaporate? What is dark gravity? Could Superman really rotate the Earth in the opposite direction? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer fan-submitted questions on a variety of cosmic topics.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-cosmic-grab-bag/ Thanks to our Patrons Jennifer Sell-Knapp, Chris Reynolds, Adam Cook, Taylor Brandt, Carlene Goodbody, Kayla Moon, Daniel Sindi, and David Lankshear for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Image Credit: ESA/Hubble_NASA_J Kalira. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When will there be a COVID-19 vaccine? Is COVID-19 here to stay? How do vaccines work? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Paul Mecurio, and vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit, MD, answer your fan-submitted questions  on COVID-19 and vaccines.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch and listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-covid-19-vaccines/  Thanks to our Patrons Patrick Gibbs, Jonathan O’Rear, Rusty Faircloth, Jaclyn Mishak, Jeremy Scott, Alejandra Salinas, Tom Bock, and Marcus Richardson for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Storyblocks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Is there life on Venus? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Paul Mecurio, and astrobiologist David Grinspoon investigate the recent discovery of phosphine gas in Venus’s atmosphere and answer your Cosmic Queries.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-life-on-venus/ Thanks to our Patrons Patrick Gibbs, Jonathan O'Rear, Landon Orman, Rommy Jamal, Jason Peller, Dave McNeely, Andrew Nourry, and Kyle Rhodes for supporting us this week. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Will we ever be able to talk to animals? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and marine mammal scientist Diana Reiss, PhD, answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on animal and interspecies communications.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-interspecies-communication/ Thanks to our Patrons Caralee Wahab, Tracy S. Skrabut, Ivan Perez, Joshua Torres, Garrett Jay, Leon Galante, Tyler Miller, and Pat Mallon for supporting us this week. Image Courtesy of Diana Reiss. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Why does the Moon have more craters than the Earth? What’s the Moon’s true color? Is the dark side of the Moon real? Could we terraform the Moon? Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and planetary scientist Raquel Nuno answer fan questions on lunar geology. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-lunar-geology/ Thanks to our Patrons David Frederick, Jennifer Aiken, Jamie Boneleye, Kyle Walker, Evan Blackburn, Jon Mack, Wyatt Smith, Cole Smart for supporting us this week. Image Credit: NASA. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Has looking up at the stars changed over time? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Negin Farsad, and Emily Levesque, PhD, astrophysics professor, and author of The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers, answer fan questions about stargazing.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-stargazing/ Thanks to our Patrons Roch Venne, Robert Gilmore, Vlad-Gabriel Mangalagiu, Jordan MacNeill, Sheila Clark, Brandon Ferguson, Peter E Lugo, and Manoel Bueno for supporting us this week. Image Credit: NASA. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What is grit? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and psychologist, author, and world-renowned expert on grit Angela Duckworth, PhD, answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the science of grit. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/exploring-grit-with-angela-duckworth/ Thanks to our Patrons Dakota McCreary, Maxwell Freitag, Darrin Renke, Sheri-Lynn Kurisu, Sveinbjorn Byrd, Steve Calfee, Nisarg Joshi, and Ricky Saullfor supporting us this week. Image Credit: NASA. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
To celebrate shark week, Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Jordan Klepper, and shark scientist Jasmin Graham answer your fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about sharks – megalodons, shark attacks, the “science” of Sharknado, and more! NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-sharks/ Thanks to our Patrons Yakov Goldberg, Sebastian Roser, Tomasz Lubomirski, Gilz Taboada, Britney Dejesus, Jeff Haynes, Tony Biell, and Stacy Brown for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Elias Levy / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Negin Farsad, and cosmochemist and author Natalie Starkey, PhD, answer fan-submitted questions about Comet NEOWISE, Halley’s Comet, the Oort Cloud, and much, much more! NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-sharks/ Thanks to our Patrons Matias Mancini, Sondra Ballegeer, Justin Yi-Riley, Kevin Carr, Jocelyn Germinal, Andrei M Burke, Brian Lin, and Adolph Guenthner for supporting us this week. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Lab/Parker Solar Probe/Brendan Gallagher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer Cosmic Queries about colonizing Mars, promoting science, stimulating curiosity, stargazing, and more for a remote audience of thousands of science teachers. Recorded live at ScIC3 in collaboration with PocketLab.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-science-is-cool-3/ Thanks to our Patrons Gary Wight, Adrian Hernandez, Cheyenne Leo, Ashod Kuyumjian, Michael S Morrison, David Hudson, Brock Watson, Ava Body, Al Hasan Al Maghrabi, and John Varney for supporting us this week. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab/Michael Lentz. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Does dark matter interact with black holes? What’s the best alien in film? Is the universe infinite? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer a cosmic cauldron of fan-submitted Cosmic Queries.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons and All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-cosmic-cauldron/ Thanks to our Patrons Saawan Patel, Samantha Quinn, Anatoly Borodin, Brice Purdy, Forrest Shepard, Sarah Caroline Bell, Genesis Djafri, and Braden Thomas for supporting us this week. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA-JPL-Caltech See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Is the super volcano under Yellowstone going to erupt? What’s the difference between lava and magma? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and volcanologist Janine Krippner, PhD, answer fan-submitted questions about volcanoes. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons and All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-volcanoes/ Thanks to our Patrons Joel Cherrico, Joseph L Bell, Christopher Sexton, Troy Nines, Natalia Lalicata, Dale LeMaster, Justin Adamson, and Johnathan Butcher for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Boaworm / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Do we control technology or does technology control us? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Negin Farsad, and material scientist and author Ainissa Ramirez, PhD, answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries and explore how technology has shaped our world. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons and All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/technology-and-us-with-ainissa-ramirez/ Thanks to our Patrons Andy Green, Christopher Lee Knapmiller, Todd Schurr, Melissa Lenz, David Dickason, Steven Smith, Daniel J Kulikowski, and Sara Bakerfor supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Storyblocks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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masoud bivareh

😴😴😴😴

Nov 19th
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GT Skinner

If a gravitional wave can eclipse the speed of light, can that then escape an event horizon?

Nov 17th
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boldtroll

Neil, let your guest answer your questions without you interrupting every 10 seconds...

Nov 15th
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Mark Russell

Okay.

Nov 7th
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Mr Tadashi

Stfu chuck, 50% info 50% bullshit by Chuck.

Oct 27th
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Anna Kochetkova

So, we, humans, think that we are on the top of the mammal "chain" and yet we don't understand others species. Interesting! We are so full of ourselves!

Sep 15th
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Voltaire Rothschild

Chuck needs to calm down and let the guests speak

Sep 13th
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Anna Kochetkova

What a great conversation. I would love to add another perspective. The belief that humans won't be motivated to do anything if they lived "forever" is just that - a belief. We have never tested it (because no one can live forever). Morever, many people live their lives as if they will be living forever. If we really felt our finite-ness we wouldn't waste time on wars, jobs we hate, power and status, etc. I think just like back in the day (and for some today), we believed that meditation maked you lazy, the belief that we wouldn't be motivated to do anything if we were immortal is just a belief. And to be honest, I don't think it's a good one either. I just don't think this is what would have happened. Thank you for the conversation today.

Sep 6th
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Voltaire Rothschild

Gary gets the short end of the stick on these episodes. They didn't even answer his question

Aug 31st
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Rebecca Bennett

So eerie to be listening to this in Aug of 2020 We should've listened to infectious disease expert Laurie Garrett. I where she is now, I hope she is well, we need her intelligence now more than ever!

Aug 28th
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Domomonster o

100% not listening to statalk anymore and will not ever support NDT again until he leaves his racist identity politics behind. No one gives a shot what color the scientist is as long as their good and not biased.

Aug 20th
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Romero R

love this interview! Big Andretti fan.

Aug 4th
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Addison Peck

I'm just gonna say it. I don't think Chuck is funny on this show. Never have.

Jul 28th
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Haseeb Nazir

yay! love this topic

Jul 27th
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Zachary Mullins

As a hunter, I find the difficulties, troubles, and some times near death experiences give animals a fighting chance, and me the glory of pursuing game for days that could feed my family for 3-6 months. Thats just one elk, or a couple white tail. When I make a kill, I use every part, adhere to the laws, and make sure they are at a certain age. I respect a vegan choice, and I indeed only eat vegan for a couple days if I so choose. But it is not sustainable. Factory farming is a curse on this world, and is not only terrible for all species involved, including us, but for the enviroment. Get out there and work for your meat, it tastes better too, and you can it like sushi its so fresh. Stay hard, and always look to the stars.

Jul 26th
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Lori C.

it's interesting to listen this ppdcast now in the rime of covid-19. some of the same principles have happened that occurred with Zika.

Jul 13th
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Clay Overton

1st comment lol

Jul 6th
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Sharon Rada

I love Hannah Fry. Her podcast is so good.

Jun 27th
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hayden richardson

65 hours in and 505 Epps to catch up to you Neil haha. loving it👌

Jun 25th
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Sarah Ynigez

Get rid of girl, we listen for you! You don't need a cohost. Annoying, unsubscribed. ☹

Jun 25th
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