Neil deGrasse Tyson is likely to gain the attention of science nerds and pop culture geeks everywhere with the recent announcements regarding his upcoming talk show.
He is a bit on his own in the world of pop culture as an astrophysicist, but his fun personality and approach to science has been important to getting more people interested in the field, and he can connect with people who may or may not already share his views.
For example, his revival of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos had excellent ratings in its run on Fox last year, and he continues to draw people in with his podcast called Star Talk, which his new TV show will expand upon. He continues to appeal to younger audiences as well through appearances on Real Time With Bill Maher and has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson has some fans now, but Star Talk‘s fan base will surely grow in a huge way when it is put on the TV platform,. The show will debut on the National Geographic Channel on the best possible date for stoners who want to learn more about science and the universe, April 20th.
Last night, Neil deGrasse Tyson joined in on the SXSW fun via Skype in order to answer fan questions, revealing some much desired information about the upcoming series, including a diverse roster of guest stars like pop culture icons George Takei and Christopher Nolan, and more science based people like astronaut Chris Hadfield, and NASA administrator Charles Bolden.
Tyson’s Star Talk will take the form of an hour long talk show, and air on the National Geographic Channel at 11 p.m. on Mondays, and in case people can’t stay up that late, each episode will also be shown again on Fridays at 7 p.m.
In one-on-one interviews, Dr. Tyson will explore all the ways that science and technology have influenced the life and livelihood of his guests, coming from all different backgrounds.
Neil deGrasse Tyson also serves as the director of the Hayden Planetarium, located in the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, where he will have a studio audience, and further discuss the topic each week, along with a co-host, and everyone’s favorite science guy, Bill Nye.
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