StarTalk Radio podcast

StarTalk Radio

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!

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!

 

#926

Synthetic Biological Intelligence with Brett Kagan

Can you make a computer chip out of neurons? Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, & Gary O’Reilly explore organoid intelligence, teaching neurons to play Pong, and how biology can enhance technology with neuroscientist and Chief Scientific Officer at Cortical Labs, Brett Kagan. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/synthetic-biological-intelligence-with-brett-kagan/] () Thanks to our Patrons Amar Shah, Carol Ann West, Mehdi Elahi, Peter Dawe, Paul Larkin, Saad Hamze, Eric Kristof, Nikki Shubert, braceyourself07, and wayne dernoncourt for supporting us this week. ... Read more

21 Jun 2024

50 MINS

50:05

21 Jun 2024


#925

Cosmic Queries – Space Traveler’s Delight

Is there anything in the universe that is not moving? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice answer fan questions about stillness, humans on Mars, and what songs they would add to the Voyager Golden Record.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: [https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-space-travelers-delight/] () Thanks to our Patrons Scott Nelson, Bjørn Furuknap, Paul Robinson, Jonasz Napiecek, Micheal Briggs, Blake Wolfe, Brett Maragno, Adam Stephensen, Cicero Artefon, and Paul Lesperance for supporting us this week. ... Read more

18 Jun 2024

41 MINS

41:14

18 Jun 2024


#924

Darwin’s Daring Idea with Richard Dawkins

Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with evolutionary biologist and author of The Genetic Book of the Dead Richard Dawkins to talk about evolution, whether we were “designed,” how we are living reflections of our ancestors, and much much more.   NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/darwins-daring-idea-with-richard-dawkins/] () Thanks to our Patrons Jason Byttow, Keith Bale, Daniel Levin, Multimedia Kart, Renata, CESAR FRADIQUE, Ginger Towers, handzman, Lisa Kohler, and 21Pandas_ for supporting us this week. ... Read more

11 Jun 2024

56 MINS

56:41

11 Jun 2024


#923

Cosmic Queries – Single Electron Universe with Charles Liu

Could the universe be composed of a single electron? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly answer grab-bag questions about the multidimensionality of time, quantum chromodynamics, gluons, tachyons, and more with astrophysicist Charles Liu.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Thanks to our Patrons Jason Byttow, Keith Bale, Daniel Levin, Multimedia Kart, Renata, CESAR FRADIQUE, Ginger Towers, handzman, Lisa Kohler, and 21Pandas_ for supporting us this week. ... Read more

07 Jun 2024

55 MINS

55:29

07 Jun 2024


#922

Sun Explosions with Lika Guhathakurta

Could a coronal mass ejection wipe out all electronics? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Matt Kirshen learn about The Carrington Event, eclipses, and how the Parker Solar Probe doesn’t melt with heliophysicist Lika Guhathakurta. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/sun-explosions-with-lika-guhathakurta/] () Thanks to our Patrons Sharon Zapotocky, Suth Truong, Sarah Perry, Souren Sarkar, Margaret De Foe, Rudy Alleyne, Ralph Velasquez, Adam Anton, Jon, and Chris R. Mish for supporting us this week. ... Read more

04 Jun 2024

57 MINS

57:48

04 Jun 2024


#921

Science Fiction on TV, with Bill Nye

Who better to answer questions about science fiction in TV and movies than Bill Nye? Bill and Chuck Nice flip channels between “StarTrek,” “Star Wars,” “Lost in Space,” “Back to the Future” and more! NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/science-fiction-tv-bill-nye/] (https://startalkmedia.com/show/science-fiction-tv-bill-nye/) (Originally Aired January 31, 2017) ... Read more

31 May 2024

46 MINS

46:54

31 May 2024


#920

Making Stuff, with Adam Savage

You ever feel like just makin’ stuff? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice sit down with the master of making stuff – Adam Savage. They answer fan-submitted questions about creativity, MythBusters, engineering, and a whole lot more. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: [https://startalkmedia.com/show/making-stuff-with-adam-savage/] () (Originally released May 24, 2019) ... Read more

28 May 2024

48 MINS

48:40

28 May 2024


#919

Guide to Alternative Medicines with Helene Langevin

What does science say about alternative medicines and health fads? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly learn about the science behind alternative medicine with director of National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Helene Langevin, M.D. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:https://startalkmedia.com/show/guide-to-alternative-medicines-with-helene-langevin/ Thanks to our Patrons Patrick, Tylré Livingstone, Claire Sims, Terrel Kimber, tinybird, Shawn Hugo, Chris Trent, Deborah Lagutaris, Steve Doom!, and Brian Lopez for supporting us this week. ... Read more

24 May 2024

51 MINS

51:47

24 May 2024


#918

Quantum Computing Corral: StarTalk Live! With Michio Kaku

Could quantum computing solve the three-body problem? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedians Jordan Klepper and Tiffany Haddish discuss how quantum computing will change the world with theoretical physicist Michio Kaku live at the Beacon Theater.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: [https://startalkmedia.com/show/quantum-computing-corral-startalk-live-with-michio-kaku/] () Thanks to our Patrons PaceOfSpades, Dale Engele, Amr Badawi, Elizabeth Rosalen, Dennis Kutzen, Martin Kjær Jørgensen, Poop Poop, William Jefferson, John Bigelow, and Patrick Scheidegger for supporting us this week. ... Read more

21 May 2024

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:17

21 May 2024


#917

The Magic of Chemistry with Kate the Chemist

What is chemistry? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice take fan questions on exothermic reactions, PFAS, ice cream, sugar, fire, and more with Kate Biberdorf, aka Kate the Chemist. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/the-magic-of-chemistry-with-kate-the-chemist/] () Thanks to our Patrons Mark Baum, Ezequiel Adatto, James Wright, Vector169, Ray Rimes, Christopher Haws, Ruben Ramen, Kim Fletter, Daniel Brown, and Joy Pinero-Deniz for supporting us this week. ... Read more

14 May 2024

42 MINS

42:58

14 May 2024


#916

The Science of MDMA with Ben Rein

Can MDMA make you a better person? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly learn about the neuroscience of empathy, psychopathy, and MDMA in the brain with neuroscientist Ben Rein, PhD.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: [https://startalkmedia.com/show/the-science-of-mdma-with-ben-re] () in/ Thanks to our Patrons Jason Hostens, John Lewis, Maria Dorman, Alejandro Reynoso, Radiel Cardentey, Amir Littman, Allan Rayer, Whitney, Tom Stidham, and Christopher Becks for supporting us this week. ... Read more

10 May 2024

46 MINS

46:38

10 May 2024


#915

Cosmic Queries – Bits of Spacetime with Janna Levin

Is gravity fundamental to the universe? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice explore quantum physics, the fourth dimension, whether H2O is water, and the many-worlds interpretation with theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, PhD.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-bits-of-spacetime-with-janna-levin/] () Thanks to our Patrons Mikal Krane, Tramond Spencer, John R, Laura Morrison, Javier Mejia, Emilio Campín Ramírez de Arellano, Jeff Gauthier, Tom Jones, and Jaired H for supporting us this week. ... Read more

07 May 2024

52 MINS

52:27

07 May 2024


#914

Cosmic Queries – Physics All Around Us

What would aliens think of our inventions? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice answer fan questions on Maxwell’s Equations, the symmetry of the universe, and the physics around us all the time.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: [https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-physics-all-around-us/] () (Originally released April 12, 2019) ... Read more

03 May 2024

49 MINS

49:17

03 May 2024


#913

Low-Mass Mania with Emily Rice

Could we find life around low-mass stars? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice find out why life might be more likely around low-mass stars, what makes brown dwarfs, galactic archeology, and more with astronomer Emily Rice. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/low-mass-mania-with-emily-rice/] () Thanks to our Patrons Anthony Garcia, Matthew Carlson, mike kelly, Brett DiFrischia, Mary Clare V., Peter Ilvento, A dinosaur in dental school, Cedric Rashade Collins, 1874 Homestead, and Bob for supporting us this week. ... Read more

30 Apr 2024

48 MINS

48:29

30 Apr 2024


#912

Stars Talk to Neil – Alien Love

How certain are we about aliens? Neil deGrasse Tyson and cohosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly answer science questions from celebrities like Kevin Hart, Jack White, Nikki Glaser, and more! NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/stars-talk-to-neil-alien-love/] () Thanks to our Patrons Larry Houghton, Marc-ids Foppen, Rob Love, Dominic Hemken, Brian Begnoche, josh lemasters, Mike Yin, Petchu Daniel, Jalal Dallo, and Jesse De La Rosa for supporting us this week. ... Read more

26 Apr 2024

44 MINS

44:44

26 Apr 2024


#911

Debating Pluto's Planethood with Alan Stern

Will Neil take back what he said about Pluto? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice explore planets, dwarf planets, and the Kuiper belt with planetary scientist and principal investigator for the New Horizons Mission, Alan Stern.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/debating-plutos-planethood-with-alan-stern/] () Thanks to our Patrons laura, Mihajlo Jovanovic, Heather Smith, Juan Ignacio Galán, Artsaveslife, Frank Wagner, Adam Brown, Greg Albrecht, Mickey Fuson, and Jeremy Green for supporting us this week. ... Read more

23 Apr 2024

43 MINS

43:23

23 Apr 2024


#910

Eyes in the Sky with Larissa Rodrigues & Jennifer Holm

How is new tech helping protect the rainforest? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice learn how space technology is helping uncover illegal gold mines and protecting the Amazon, with illegal mining expert Larissa Rodrigues and Earth researcher Jennifer Holm.  Thanks to SkyFi for sponsoring today's episode. Bringing nearly instant access to high-quality satellite and aerial imagery along with expert-created analytics, get a bird’s eye view of anywhere on the planet with SkyFi’s easy-to-use web browser or mobile app and create a free account today at http://StarTalk.SkyFi.com. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:https://startalkmedia.com/show/eyes-in-the-sky-with-larissa-rodrigues-jennifer-hull/ Thanks to our Patrons James Aurouze, Andrea Ramirez, Amy Tan, Joede870, Cris, Gina Martin, Glenn Fishkin, Mihael Mirt, Lion King, and Gábriel Németh for supporting us this week. ... Read more

16 Apr 2024

48 MINS

48:11

16 Apr 2024


#909

Cosmic Queries – Black Hole Time Cloak with Charles Liu

Are black holes places or objects? Neil deGrasse Tyson and cohosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly answer grab-bag questions about distorting spacetime, Olbers’ Paradox, singularities, the shape of the universe, and more with astrophysicist Charles Liu.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-black-hole-time-cloak-with-charles-liu/] () Thanks to our Patrons Logan Kent, James in 3d, Renee Skrip, Maarten Spruijt, Alan Domonoske, Liam Predergast, sparkman, Cecil J Taylor, abhinav yadav, and Markus Gustafsson for supporting us this week. ... Read more

12 Apr 2024

40 MINS

40:15

12 Apr 2024


#908

Things You Thought You Knew – The Geometric Universe

What is the Sun’s ecliptic? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice break down the things you thought you knew about spheres in the universe, navigating the sky, and taking spacecraft out of orbit.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: [https://startalkmedia.com/show/things-you-thought-you-knew-the-geometric-universe/] () Thanks to our Patrons Will Farmer, David Robertson, Andrii Snihyr, Michael de Boeve, Patricia A Elvin, Dade Bloomfield, Ahmed Dawod, Oenomaus Williamson, Marek Król, and Elizabeth Terveer  for supporting us this week. ... Read more

09 Apr 2024

53 MINS

53:56

09 Apr 2024


#907

Eclipses, Cosmic Cataclysms, and More with Janna Levin

What can we learn from eclipses? Janna Levin joined by comedian Matt Kirshen and professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Columbia University, Joe Patterson, discuss the 2017 eclipse, binary star systems, super novae and more. What is an eclipse on Jupiter like? NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: [https://startalkmedia.com/show/eclipses-cosmic-cataclysms-janna-levin/] () ... Read more

05 Apr 2024

52 MINS

52:56

05 Apr 2024


#906

Cosmic Queries – Planck Lengths to Supermassive Black Holes with Matt O’Dowd

Is space infinitely stretchable? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice explore fan grab bag questions about supermassive black holes, Planck lengths, and the gravitational wave background with extragalactic astrophysicist and host of PBS Space Time, Matt O’Dowd. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-planck-lengths-to-supermassive-black-holes-with-matt-odowd/] () Thanks to our Patrons Nick Francis, nick lopez, John deLeo, Jeff Otis, Deano F, Ekam Khaira, and Jeffrey Tallcott for supporting us this week. ... Read more

02 Apr 2024

48 MINS

48:43

02 Apr 2024


#905

Staying Curious with William Shatner

What is the value of curiosity? Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with William Shatner to explore the nature of spacetime, Star Trek, human curiosity, loneliness, and more. How would warp drive work?  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/staying-curious-with-william-shatner/] () Thanks to our Patrons Thor Juhasz, Kevin Thompson, Ben Walters, Fredrick Murphy, Lynne Fowler, Jonathan Ramirez, and Aaron for supporting us this week. ... Read more

26 Mar 2024

51 MINS

51:10

26 Mar 2024


#904

Is Aging a Disease? Epigenetics with David Sinclair

Is aging a disease that can be cured? Neil deGrasse Tyson and cohosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly discover the field of epigenetics, the Information Theory of Aging, and curing blindness for mice with Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, David Sinclair. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/is-aging-a-disease-epigenetics-with-david-sinclair/] (https://startalkmedia.com/show/is-aging-a-disease-epigenetics-with-david-sinclair/) Thanks to our Patrons Jason L, Daniel Holzmann, Anne P Vance, Unknown, Myles G Blanton, Paul A. Straus, and Gregory Dees for supporting us this week. ... Read more

22 Mar 2024

44 MINS

44:06

22 Mar 2024


#903

Cosmic Queries – Infinite Quarks

What happens to quarks during spaghettification? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice answer fan questions about positrons, how we got the speed of light, where the Big Bang took place, and more! NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-infinite-quarks/] (https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-infinite-quarks/) Thanks to our Patrons Eternal Sunshine, LLC, Arthur Brown, James Turner, Taygen Mercier, Bayley, Aaron, and Pete Sherburne for supporting us this week. ... Read more

19 Mar 2024

48 MINS

48:38

19 Mar 2024


#902

Cosmic Queries – Out There

Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Harrison Greenbaum, and astrophysicist Janna Levin answer questions on the far away and the far out, including Andromeda's impending collision with the Milky Way, white holes, a holographic universe, and more. Prepare to get trippy! NOTE:  StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/cosmic-queries-out-there/] () (Originally released February 15, 2019) ... Read more

15 Mar 2024

50 MINS

50:09

15 Mar 2024


#901

Do We Have Free Will? with Robert Sapolsky

Is there a quantum reason we could have free will? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice explore the concept of free will and predetermination with neuroscientist, biologist, and author of Determined: The Science of Life Without Free Will, Robert Sapolsky.  A special thanks from our editors to Robert Sapolsky’s dog.  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here:  [https://startalkmedia.com/show/do-we-have-free-will-with-robert-sapolsky/] (https://startalkmedia.com/show/do-we-have-free-will-with-robert-sapolsky/) Thanks to our Patrons Pro Handyman, Brad K. Daniels, Starman, Stephen Somers, Nina Kane, Paul Applegate, and David Goldberg for supporting us this week. ... Read more

12 Mar 2024

53 MINS

53:30

12 Mar 2024