Some programs will air repeats toward the end of the week, reflecting either the desire for a long Memorial Day Weekend, or the end of the May ratings sweeps period. It’s likely both. Friday’s rerun of The Late, Late Show rates a mention, with the Morgan Freeman segment focusing on science topics (related to Freeman’s role as host of Through the Wormhole). Freeman is schedule to be on The Daily Show this Thursday, but I expect it will be focused on his newest film, which is not science or technology oriented (it’s a bank heist film using magic).
In first-run programs, environmental journalist David Sasson spars with Stephen Colbert. Tuesday marks the return of the Piedmont Bird Callers to The Late Show. Also on Tuesday, Jeremy Wade, host of River Monsters, sits down with Jay Leno. On Friday, Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, will be on Ellen.
On a slightly related note, BBC America is running James May’s Man Lab, a cheeky do-it-yourself science and technology show that previously ran (and still does) on the BBC. As I type this the latest episode new to America is covering how to handle unexploded World War II ordnance you might find in your garden. The network also runs the television version of The Nerdist, a podcast empire of note. It’s May 12 episode focused on space, with Buzz Aldrin and Bobak Ferdowsi (one of the control room engineers - Mohawk Guy – for the Mars Curiosity rover).