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Science, pop culture, and comedy collide on StarTalk Radio! Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, and his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities, and scientific experts explore astronomy, physics, and everything else there is to know about life in the universe. New episodes premiere Tuesdays. Keep Looking Up!

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Flying Cars & Pilotless Planes with NASA Engineer, Wendy Okolo, PhD.
How would flying on Mars be different? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Matt Kirshen explore aeronautics, aerodynamics, airplanes and more with NASA aerospace engineer and author Wendy Okolo, PhD. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/flying-cars-pilotless-planes-with-nasa-engineer-wendy-okolo-phd/Thanks to our Patrons David Hemsath, Becky Basmadijian, Etopirynka aka. Kate, Jaime Parker, Liuba Tereshko, Jeremy Seeman, and Carol Flynn for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA/MIT/Aurora Flight Sciences, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
47:03 11/28/23
Gold Metal Physics, with Edwin Moses (Re-release)
Can a physics background help you win gold? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice discover how to use science to win with Dr. Edwin Moses, two-time Olympic gold medalist and the greatest hurdler of all time. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/gold-metal-physics-with-edwin-moses-re-release/
51:08 11/24/23
Cosmic Queries - Cosmic Cauldron (Re-release)
What would Isaac Newton think of today’s science? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice answer a cosmic cauldron of Cosmic Queries. From dark matter, to what aliens look like, the size of the universe, we answer a multiverse of questions. This episode originally aired July 27, 2020.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-cosmic-cauldron-re-release/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.Photo Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA-JPL-Caltech
45:57 11/21/23
How Storytelling Prevented Nuclear War
How did movies change the Cold War? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice learn about how apocalyptic films influenced us and began the first cybersecurity measures with Future of Life Award recipients and filmmakers Lawrence Lasker, Walter Parkes, and Nicholas Meyer. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Kaleda Davis, Saúl Franco, Jake Egli, Josh Rolstad, Roxanne Landin, jamie brutnell, and Bailey Manasco for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: United States Department of Energy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
55:31 11/14/23
Beating Time: Dodging the Number One Killer with Dr. Lipi Roy
Could we eliminate the number one cause of death? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly go to medical school to learn about heart health, the impacts of COVID, and the cardiovascular disease epidemic with physician Dr. Lipi Roy.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/beating-time-dodging-the-number-one-killer-with-dr-lipi-roy/Thanks to our Patrons Kaleda Davis, Saúl Franco, Jake Egli, Josh Rolstad, Roxanne Landin, jamie brutnell, and Bailey Manasco for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Nephron, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
49:00 11/10/23
Relativity Round-up: StarTalk Live! With Janna Levin
Is the universe infinite? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Paul Mecurio go to infinity and beyond as we explore the origins of relativity, time travel, and the discovery of expansion with astrophysicist Janna Levin, PhD live from Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:https://startalkmedia.com/show/relativity-round-up-startalk-live-with-janna-levin/Thanks to our Patrons Shari Murnane, Gary, Eoghan Smyth, Dmitry Petrov, Paul Dragicevich, Elizabeth Flores, Joseph Russomano, and William Riley for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ESO/VVV Survey/D. Minniti, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
44:27 11/7/23
Capturing the Cosmos with Babak Tafreshi
How do you take an incredible photo of the cosmos? In this extended conversation, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice learn about how to start taking photos of space with astrophotographer and National Geographic Explorer, Babak Tafreshi. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/capturing-the-cosmos-with-babak-tafreshi/Thanks to our Patrons Sass Hoory, Paul Kemp, Tor Emanuelsen, Gavin M Benedict, Norman Pestsaina, David Wiester, and Brady Smith for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
42:02 10/31/23
The Paradox of Sleep with Matthew Walker
What happens when we go to sleep? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly break down the mystery of why we sleep, time dilation in dreams, circadian rhythms, and sleeping in space with neuroscientist Matt Walker. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/the-paradox-of-sleep-with-matthew-walker/Thanks to our Patrons Micheal Unwin, Vijay Krishnan, Leroy Gutierrez, alycia allen, Hilary Rush, Kira Lesser, and Daryl Sawyer for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ManuelSchottdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
44:46 10/27/23
Habitable Worlds, Super-Earths, & Evaporating Planets with Anjali Tripathi
Is Earth going to evaporate? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice learn about exoplanet discovery, planetary evaporation, biosignatures and technosignatures with astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:https://startalkmedia.com/show/habitable-worlds-super-earths-evaporating-planets-with-anjali-tripathi/Thanks to our Patrons Christopher Stowe, Bo Cribbs, Jennifer Pierce, Sam Gilbert, Steven Glasser, Antonio Garibay, and David Frigoletto for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ESA/Hubble, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
37:55 10/24/23
Things You Thought You Knew – The Dark Side of the Moon
A year isn’t what you think it is… Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice explore things you thought you knew about the length of a year, the dark side of the moon, and the physics of a moving system. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/things-you-thought-you-knew-the-dark-side-of-the-moon/Thanks to our Patrons Jeffery R. Kaufman, Peter West Popovchak, Nicholas Calmes, Matt Kline, Vadym Feskin, Steve Ipyana, and Foohawt for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ​​NASA Johnson Space Center, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
36:16 10/17/23
Exploring Dark Skies
Where are the darkest skies in the US? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice learn about dark sky efforts, light pollution, and cool places to stargaze with guests astrophysicist Matt O’Dowd, photographer Babak Tafreshi, and national park ranger Bradley Mills. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/exploring-dark-skies/Thanks to our Patrons Rob Arifur, Peter Kariuki, Tina Anapolsky, Micheal Bishara, Rebecca Cain, John Aaron, and Stephan Kokot for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: National Park Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
56:28 10/13/23
The Most Famous Eclipse in History with Joe Rao
What is going on with eclipses? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice learn about some upcoming eclipses and famous eclipses of the past with meteorologist and eclipse chaser, Joe Rao. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Rob Arifur, Peter Kariuki, Tina Anapolsky, Micheal Bishara, Rebecca Cain, John Aaron, and Stephan Kokot for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Ababamov, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
51:39 10/10/23
The Dark Universe: Exploring the Euclid Mission with Jason Rhodes
What are dark energy and dark matter? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice learn about the Euclid Mission and our latest efforts to uncover the secrets of The Dark Universe with JPL Researcher, Jason Rhodes. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:https://startalkmedia.com/show/the-dark-universe-exploring-the-euclid-mission-with-jason-rhodes/Thanks to our Patrons Florian Mueller, Bartek Moryc, Lorena Pereira, Leon Helmink, Stephan Marty, sam jones, and Phillip Berryhill for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ESA. Acknowledgement: Work performed by ATG under contract for ESA., CC BY-SA IGO 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
46:37 10/3/23
Cosmic Queries – Quantum & Aliens with Charles Liu
Are we thinking about the fundamentals of the universe wrong? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly answer grab bag questions about aliens, gravitons, and the big unknowns with astrophysicist Charles Liu.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-quantum-aliens-with-charles-liu/Thanks to our Patrons Karim Beydoun, Sture Seljelund, Ken Hays, Kasi Kanniah, Dillon, Mandi McKay, and Phillida Hutcheson for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA Hubble, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
45:45 9/29/23
OSIRIS-REx & Asteroid Mining with Natalie Starkey
Will an asteroid hit Earth in 2182? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice learn about asteroid mining, OSIRIS-REx sample-return, and the origins of life with cosmochemist Natalie Starkey. For more information about the new book: https://startalkmedia.com/booksNOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Konrad Jeleński, Sunny Rajpal, Kwesi collisson, Ellen Taylor, Ted Gould, and Tim Henderson for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA
50:03 9/26/23
The Edge of Our Understanding with Brian Greene
Are humans smart enough to uncover the secrets of the universe? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice explore the singularity, string theory, free will and more with theoretical physicist Brian Greene. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/the-edge-of-our-understanding-with-brian-greene/Thanks to our Patrons Christian Attwood, Tyler Loveland, Ruhan Periyacheri, Jeff Parker, Ed Thorton, and Dakota Ponder for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: chris ringeval, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
46:10 9/19/23
Miracle Drugs & Quick Fixes with Dr. Nick Tiller
Is there such a thing as a quick fix? Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and Gary O’Reilly learn about the science behind a wave of new weight loss drugs, the ethics of Ozempic use, and off-label prescriptions with exercise scientist, Dr. Nick Tiller.For more information on the new book: https://startalkmedia.com/books/NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/miracle-drugs-quick-fixes-with-dr-nick-tiller/Thanks to our Patrons Christian Attwood, Tyler Loveland, Ruhan Periyacheri, Jeff Parker, Ed Thorton, and Dakota Ponder for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: HualinXMN, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
47:49 9/15/23
Cosmic Queries – Flapjack Galaxy Grab Bag
Would aliens think we are smart? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice answer grab bag questions on Chandrayaan-3, entangled particles in black holes, the shape of the galaxy, and more.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Joe King, Denis Ghislain, Ken Sayles, Nicholas, Ava Taylor, and Jared Coffman for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ESO/S. Brunier, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
44:56 9/12/23
Presenting Real Good: Season Five
Hey StarTalk fans! This is a special presentation of Real Good, a podcast from US Bank. It's a show all about people helping other people. In their fifth season, you'll hear from incredible people – like Joelle Martinez, who you'll meet in this episode. If you like what you hear, head on over to their feed and subscribe today. 
77:15 9/8/23
Oppenheimer: Birth of the Atomic Age with Kai Bird
If someone else led the Manhattan Project, would it have gone differently? Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s film, and the creation of the atomic bomb with biographer Kai Bird.For more information about the new book: https://startalkmedia.com/booksNOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/oppenheimer-birth-of-the-atomic-age-with-kai-bird/Thanks to our Patrons Jimmy Dunn, Liviu Dimulescu, Keely Stults, Ralph Viator, Daniel Brophy, and Diana Gutman for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
52:22 9/5/23
This Is Your Brain on Social Media with Anna Lembke, MD
Can you get addicted to anything? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore the science of addiction, dopamine pathways, and what social media is doing to our brains with psychiatrist, Anna Lembke.For more information about the new book: https://startalkmedia.com/booksNOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/this-is-your-brain-on-social-media-with-anna-lembke-mdThanks to our Patrons christoffer olsen, Miguel Mata, Christina Hansen, Steven Johnston, Holly MIller, and Kelley VosBurgh for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Vincent Croset, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
56:16 9/1/23
Physics & Philosophy with Sean Carroll
Why is the past different from the future? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice explore the universe’s deepest questions like why is there anything, what is the present, and if there could be a unified theory of physics with theoretical physicist Sean Carroll.For more information about the new book: https://startalkmedia.com/booksNOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/physics-philosophy-with-sean-carroll/Thanks to our Patrons Nick hemmerich, Kelley Bard, Lou Casagrande, Nathaniel Johnston, Jesus Tamayo, and Leon for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ESO/VVV, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
46:41 8/29/23
Cosmic Queries – Wormhole Universe
Does an evaporated black hole leave a trace? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian co-host Chuck Nice answer questions about the fabric of spacetime, black holes, cosmic evolution and more. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-wormhole-universe/Thanks to our Patrons Cory James Hohs, Barbara Christian, Massimiliano Squire, Nickthelight, Stacey Kelch, and Joe Edwards for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ESO/WFI (Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)Derivative work including grading and crop: Julian Herzog, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
40:31 8/22/23
Cosmic Queries – The Experience of Time with Charles Liu
Is our experience of time a result of our perpetual movement? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore spacetime, metaphysics, the Brachistochrone problem and more with astrophysicist Charles Liu.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Marcus Karlstad, Vincent Zimmerman, Ryan Lambert, Carolyn K, Stefan C. Villafana, and David Churn for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
47:43 8/18/23
Cosmic Queries – Cosmological Curiosities
What is nothing? Does nothing exist? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice explore cosmological curiosities about the end of the universe, dark matter, and more!NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Matej Dvonč, Robert Weaver, David Lindberg, Denis, Jesus Hernandez, and Jack Reeves for supporting us this week.Photo Credit:  NASA / JPL-Caltech / L. Jenkins (GSFC), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
47:05 8/15/23
Are They Here? with NASA UAP Chair, David Spergel
Are the UAP sightings aliens here on Earth? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian co-host Paul Mecurio discuss the congressional hearings on unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) with astrophysicist and chair of NASA’s UAP independent study team, David Spergel.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Melissa Campbell, Martynas Piliutis, Darrel Mosier, Danielle Martinez, Randall Thompson, and Anton Popov for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Department of Defense
47:52 8/8/23
The Gut-Brain Connection with Max Lugavere
How does food impact your brain health? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly break down the gut-brain connection with Genius Foods author and science journalist, Max Lugavere.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Elle M., Shredstick72, Vern Keskinen, beverly mcclain, Tressa Eubank, and Mark howell for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Chempetitive, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
53:59 8/4/23
Things You Thought You Knew – What is Energy?
How is energy different from matter? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice break down what energy is and where it comes from, ancient theories about sight, and how wheels keep us moving. Explore physics, thermodynamics, and more!NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:https://startalkmedia.com/show/things-you-thought-you-knew-what-is-energy/Thanks to our Patrons Matt Smith, Matthew Tolbert, benjamin flanders, Nick Davis, Joseph, and Hemant Sudiwala for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
38:13 8/1/23
Things You Thought You Knew – Where the Sun Don’t Shine
Does being in space mean there is no gravity? What does noon have to do with the Artemis Mission? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice break down weightlessness, planetary alignments, and what is going on on the south pole of the moon. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Tatiana Joine, Marcos Rodriguez, Peter Gordon, Leonard Leedy, RolandP, and Shimon Zig for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA Apollo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
41:55 7/25/23
Will AI Replace Us? with Matt Ginsberg
Is artificial intelligence taking over? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly discuss deepfakes, AI hallucinations, and whether AI really is intelligent with software engineer at X, the moonshot factory, Matt Ginsberg. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Kathleen Kussman, Craig Hamilton, Denis de Oliveira, Jim, Ryan, and Krishna for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: mikemacmarketing, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
54:46 7/21/23

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