STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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On National Geographic Channel’s two-time Emmy-nominated late-night talk show “StarTalk,” astrophysicist and pop-culture icon Neil deGrasse Tyson bridges pop culture and science through interviews with guests from the wide world of pop culture and lively discussion with a panel of comedians and experts. This fall, National Geographic Books will publish STARTALK: Everything you Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond (ISBN: 978-1-4262-1727-2 |On sale: September 13, 2016 | Hardcover | 304 pgs | ) the companion book to the hit radio-show-turned-podcast-turned-TV-show, featuring expanded and all new content.

The book takes the best of “StarTalk” from the airwaves to the page by taking a deeper dive into some of the greatest discussions from the show. STARTALK is divided into four sections: “Space,” “Planet Earth,” “Being Human,” and “Futures Imagined.” Within these pages, readers will discover the mystery behind black holes, real ideas for tackling climate change, what makes humans tick, and the amazing actual science behind science fiction.

In addition to the scientific questions answered throughout the text, STARTALK features informative sidebars throughout. There’s “Laugh Out Loud,” featuring comedic bits from hilarious guests; “Back to Basics” to help brush readers up on some of the more complex concepts; “Neil Tweets” with some of his best tweets; “Biography” section that highlights remarkable scientists who have changed the way we view the world; and “Drink of the Evening” featuring cocktail recipes that Neil has concocted with bartenders at various “StarTalk Live!” shows.

Tyson and various guests from both the podcast and the show share their scientific insights in the book. An eclectic group of past featured guests, including Bill Nye, Jason Sudekis, Malcolm Gladwell, and Anthony Bourdain, share their thoughts on the universe. STARTALK isn’t just for science lovers, it’s also perfect for pop-culture enthusiasts and anyone curious about the world around us.

The third season of “StarTalk” premieres Monday, September 19 at 11/10c on the National Geographic Channel. Premiere episodes include:

StarTalk: Whoopi Goldberg

Premieres Monday, Sept. 19, at 11/10c

Legendary Academy Award–winning actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg sits down with host Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss a range of topics, from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to superheroes to medical marijuana. Tyson is joined in the Cullman Hall of the Universe in front of a live studio audience by comedian co-host Chuck Nice and guests Charles Liu, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Staci Gruber, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Adding to the discussion, Nice hits the streets in search of fellow nerds, data journalist Mona Chalabi explains the U.S. budget for space exploration and Bill Nye gives his take on medical marijuana.

StarTalk: Mayim Bialik

Premieres Monday, Sept. 26, at 11/10c

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, who plays the character of neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory.” Tyson and Bialik, who completed her doctorate in neuroscience at UCLA in 1997, discuss the portrayal of science on television by analyzing such topics as women in science, television characters as role models and using comedy to spark interest in science. In the Hall of the Universe, Tyson is joined by comedian co-host Chris Hardwick (founder, CEO and creative head of Nerdist Industries) and guest Summer Ash (director of outreach for the department of astronomy at Columbia University). Adding to the discussion, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares statistics on women in science, Chuck Nice hits the streets of New York City to get the public’s opinion and actress Taryn O’Neil joins via video call to talk about how to make science appealing to young people. Tyson and guests answer fans’ Cosmic Queries, and Bill Nye gives his take on the topic of science on TV.

StarTalk: Man on Wire

Premieres Monday, Oct. 3, at 11/10c

Phillipe Petit, who is known for his 1974 walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, sits down with host Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss his influences and motivation to become a high-wire artist; how he planned and executed his famous walks; and our innate curiosity and desire to explore, which inspires us humans to leave our comfort zone on the surface of the earth and “enter the void.” Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Eugene Mirman and guest astrophysicist Charles Liu. Adding to the discussion, tightrope instructor Sonja Harpstead joins via video call to talk about the skills required for the high wire, Chuck Nice faces his fears on the trapeze and Bill Nye gives a tribute to Petit from the grounds of the World Trade Center.


STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson
On Sale: September 13, 2016
National Geographic Books

Hardcover | 288 pgs | .00

ISBN: 978-1-4262-1727-2

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