February 28, 2011
Host: Chris Mooney
Our guest this week needs little introduction—he may be our most famous public communicator of science.
He's Neil DeGrasse Tyson, renowned American astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and the host of PBS's NOVA ScienceNow, which just completed a new six part season.
Tyson is also the author of 9 books, most recently Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet.
In this double length episode, Tyson discusses a wide range of topics: the just finished 2011 season of ScienceNow; how to restore a science "Zeitgeist" in our culture; Bill O'Reilly's recent foot-in-mouth comments about how the world works; this million-view YouTube clip of Tyson and Richard Dawkins; and much more.
Books Mentioned in This Episode:
The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet Neil deGrasse Tyson
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries Neil deGrasse Tyson