StarTalk Radio

StarTalk Radio

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science

692 episodes

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 Monday nights at 7pm ET.


  • 27 JUL 2021
    Cosmic Queries - The Fungus Among Us with Merlin Sheldrake
    55m 17s

    Can mushrooms take over your mind? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Matt Kirshen explore the weird world of fungi with fun-guy fungus expert and ecologist, Merlin Sheldrake. Could inactive spores survive space?

  • 19 JUL 2021
    Things You Thought You Knew – Billionaires in Space
    46m 10s

    Bezos? Branson? Elon Musk? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice break down why all these billionaires are going to space, how achieving orbit works, and how to wrap our heads around exponentially large numbers.

  • 16 JUL 2021
    Cosmic Queries - Nerd Olympics with John Eric Goff
    52m 3s

    Do athletes use artificial intelligence? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly & Chuck Nice answer patron questions about the Olympics and have a nerd fight with physics professor and martial artist John Eric Goff.

  • 12 JUL 2021
    AI, Autonomous Vehicles, and Race – Oh my! with Malcolm Gladwell
    55m 31s

    How do self-driving cars change our psychology? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice philosophize about science’s role in society with prolific author Malcolm Gladwell.

  • 05 JUL 2021
    Cosmic Queries– Space Junk! with Moriba Jah
    53m 32s

    What do we do with all this space junk? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer questions about the stuff we put into orbit with astrodynamicist and space environmentalist, Dr. Moriba Jah.

  • 02 JUL 2021
    Gender in Sports with Joanna Harper and Heather Berlin, PhD (Re-release)
    51m 26s

    How does gender impact performance? Neil deGrasse Tyson dives into the archives w/ Gary O’Reilly & Chuck Nice to look at gender in sports with neuroscientist Heather Berlin PhD, and Joanna Harper, medical physicist and transgender athlete r...

  • 28 JUN 2021
    Voices from the Deep with Dr. Michelle Fournet and Dr. Ellen Garland
    53m 49s

    Can whales help us understand aliens? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice take a journey to understand the language of whales with marine biologist, Dr. Ellen Garland, and marine ecologist, Dr. Michelle Fournet...

  • 21 JUN 2021
    Cosmic Queries – Robot Ethics with Dr. Kate Darling
    51m 5s

    Are robots going to take over? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson & comic co-host Negin Farsad explore our future with artificial intelligence by looking at our past with animals with robot ethicist and author of A New Breed, Dr. Kate Dar...

  • 18 JUN 2021
    Different Strokes with Arshay Cooper and Dr. Kevin Stone
    49m 5s

    Neil deGrasse Tyson rowed crew?! On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore the physics, physiology, and lessons of rowing, featuring Dr. Kevin Stone and Arshay Cooper, author of A Most Beautiful...

  • 14 JUN 2021
    A Quantum Life with Hakeem Oluseyi
    53m 30s

    How do you beat the odds and become an astrophysicist? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice sit down with astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi to discuss his path to becoming an astrophysicist and his new book A Quantu...

  • 07 JUN 2021
    Things You Thought You Knew – Bada Bing!
    46m 32s

    The sun, moon, and SPACETIME CONTINUUM? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice break down space and time and other cosmic things you thought you knew.

  • 04 JUN 2021
    Artificial Intelligence, Real Competition with Liv Boeree and Matt Ginsberg
    52m 45s

    Can AI have a poker face? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice discuss poker and playing against...the machines with former poker player Liv Boeree and artificial intelligence expert Matt Ginsberg.

  • 31 MAY 2021
    Cosmic Queries: Absolutely Puzzled with Heather Berlin and Soleil Saint-Cyr
    48m 54s

    Got a problem? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice explore the world of puzzles and problem-solving with neuroscientist Heather Berlin and Soleil Saint-Cyr, the youngest woman to publish a crossword puzzle in the NYT...

  • 24 MAY 2021
    Combatting Anti-Science with Richard Dawkins
    53m 48s

    How do we stop anti-science? In this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins to talk about religion, the importance of science communication, and Dawkins’ new book, Books Do Furnish a Life.

  • 21 MAY 2021
    Born to Run Farther with Dr. Irene Davis and Chris McDougall
    55m 2s

    Why do humans have butt cheeks? Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and Gary O’Reilly learn about the biomechanics of running with professor and running specialist Dr. Irene Davis, featuring Neil’s interview with author Chris McDougall.

  • 17 MAY 2021
    Alternative Aliens with Andy Weir and David Grinspoon
    54m 28s

    What do Aliens look like? In this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice talk aliens with David Grinspoon, “Dr. Funkyspoon,” featuring Neil's interview with The Martian author, Andy Weir, on his new book Project Hail Mary...

  • 10 MAY 2021
    Things You Thought You Knew – Need for Speed
    41m 7s

    Metric system, acceleration, and heat shields, Oh my! On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice run us through some stuff you thought you knew: the metric system in the US, speed versus acceleration, and heat shields...

  • 07 MAY 2021
    Born to Run with Chris McDougall and Herman Pontzer
    58m 18s

    Ever seen a chimpanzee go for a jog? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gary O’Reilly, and Chuck Nice discover how humans came to run with journalist and author of Born to Run, Chris McDougall, and evolutionary anthropologist, Herman Pon...

  • 03 MAY 2021
    The Science of Learning with Heather Berlin
    51m 21s

    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.

  • 26 APR 2021
    Cosmic Queries – Cicada Invasion! With Jessica Ware
    49m 23s

    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 undergro...

  • 23 APR 2021
    Cosmic Queries: Space Balls?
    54m 46s

    Quidditch in Space? Badminton on Mars? On this episode, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice answer a grab bag of patron questions about all things athletics with our geek-in-chief astrophysicist Charles Liu.

  • 19 APR 2021
    Climate Science! With NASA's Gavin Schmidt
    46m 40s

    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.

  • 12 APR 2021
    Cosmic Queries – Kitchen Sink Edition
    46m 11s

    What are your burning questions about the universe? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice answer Patrons’ flaming-hot questions about the universe, stars, black holes, gravity, philosophy... everything but the kitchen...

  • 09 APR 2021
    Hacking the Head & the Heart with Leah Lagos, PhD.
    52m 29s

    Can we hack our bodies and our minds? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice talk about how to optimize human performance with performance and sport psychologist Leah Lagos, Phd.

  • 05 APR 2021
    The Code of Life and CRISPR with Jennifer Doudna and Walter Isaacson
    56m 53s

    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...

  • 02 APR 2021
    Housing Is Health, Housing Is Wealth with Natosha Reid Rice
    52m 9s

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  • 29 MAR 2021
    The Life and Death of Stars with Jackie Faherty
    50m 6s

    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.

  • 26 MAR 2021
    The Right Stuff with Astronaut Scott Kelly and Dr. Chris Mason
    56m 41s

    What does it take to be an astronaut? Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gary O’Reilly, and Chuck Nice break down the physical effects of being in space and the results of the astronaut twins study with guests astronaut Scott Kelly and biophysicist Chris...

  • 22 MAR 2021
    Cosmic Queries–Multiverse Madness with Max Tegmark
    50m 2s

    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.

  • 15 MAR 2021
    Cosmic Queries – Life on Exoplanets with Sara Seager
    50m 9s

    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,” astro...

  • 12 MAR 2021
    Cosmic Queries – Rise of the Machines with Matt Ginsberg
    51m 25s

    Can machine learning predict the outcome of basketball games and March Madness? On this episode of StarTalk Sports Edition, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gary O’Reilly, and Chuck Nice talk machine learning with computer scientist and author of The F...

  • 08 MAR 2021
    Cosmic Queries – Origins of the Universe, with Janna Levin
    49m 25s

    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 unive...

  • 01 MAR 2021
    The COVID-19 Vaccines, with Irwin Redlener
    49m 55s

    What’s up with the COVID-19 vaccines? On this episode of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice talk about all things COVID-19 vaccine with Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

  • 26 FAB 2021
    The Joy of Techno Science, with Rayvon Fouché
    53m 6s

    How is technology changing sports? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice talk with author Rayvon Fouché to explore game-changing technology in the final episode of our Game Changers mini-series.

  • 22 FAB 2021
    Improving the News, with Max Tegmark
    51m 31s

    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.

  • 15 FAB 2021
    Mars Perseverance, with Jim Green, NASA Chief Scientist
    49m 48s

    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.

  • 12 FAB 2021
    A Materials World
    55m 10s

    It’s a materials world! Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly, and Georgia Tech engineer Jud Ready explore how material science has impacted sports from tracks to swimsuits to golf balls to pole vaulting.

  • 08 FAB 2021
    Cosmic Queries – Dark Matter, Aliens, End of the Universe
    48m 39s

    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.

  • 01 FAB 2021
    Cosmic Queries – Timekeeping
    54m 0s

    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!

  • 29 JAN 2021
    Game-Changing Physics
    52m 41s

    How do you change the game? Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice, and astrophysicist Charles Liu investigate game-changing techniques used to re-shape sports in the first episode of our mini-series.

  • 25 JAN 2021
    The Science of Happiness, with Laurie Santos
    49m 52s

    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.

  • 18 JAN 2021
    Cosmic Queries – ‘Oumuamua
    47m 32s

    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 Natalie Starkey...

  • 15 JAN 2021
    Pain and Gain, with Lindsey Vonn
    51m 22s

    You’re at the top of your game and you get injured. Now what? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore injury recovery and rehabilitation with Lindsey Vonn and exercise scientist Shona Halson.

  • 11 JAN 2021
    Things You Thought You Knew
    49m 39s

    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.

  • 04 JAN 2021
    Cosmic Queries – New Year
    47m 42s

    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!

  • 01 JAN 2021
    Gambits and Game Theory
    57m 24s

    The Queen’s Gambit, game theory, and more – Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice are talkin’ chess with grandmaster Maurice Ashley, A.I. expert Jonathan Schaeffer, and Alexandra Botez, Woman FIDE Master and host of BotezLive.

  • 28 DEC 2020
    Climate and Diet of Early Humans
    47m 2s

    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.

  • 21 DEC 2020
    Cosmic Queries – Medieval Science and History
    53m 37s

    When you think of Middle Ages, does scientific advancement come to mind? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Matt Kirshen, and Seb Faulk, Cambridge Historian of Science and author of The Light Ages, explore the science and history of medieva...

  • 18 DEC 2020
    An Exercise in Physics
    54m 36s

    What would a quantum stadium look like? Can you race Formula 1 on Mars? Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice, and astrophysicist Charles Liu answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the physics of sports.

  • 14 DEC 2020
    Cosmic Queries – Fan Grab Bag
    54m 8s

    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.

  • 07 DEC 2020
    Cosmic Queries – Science is Cool 4
    52m 16s

    Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer Cosmic Queries about the secrets of the universe, science curriculum, tackling religion in the classroom, and more for a remote audience of thousands of science teachers. Recorded live at ScIC4 in c...