Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of February 27

Though there’s a lot to sift through, it’s a mixed bag this week, in part because there are a couple of folks from the sketchy categories of animal experts and medical doctors.  That is to say, they could have good content, but the odds are typically small.

However, in what might be a first in the time I’ve covered this stuff in detail, there are two, count ’em, two astronomers scheduled for late night appearances.  You shouldn’t have to guess who one of them will be.  Neil deGrasse Tyson will visit Jon Stewart tonight.  On Wednesday, Phil Plait will visit with Craig Ferguson.  Plait has two astronomy books to his credit, worked for years on the Hubble Telescope, and did a television program for Discovery called Bad Universe. As Plait is a fan of Craig, this could prove really interesting.  I’m surprised he hasn’t blogged about it this week, and would be gobsmacked if he didn’t after the fact.

Back to the rest of this week’s guests.  On Tuesday, Ross Eisenbrey comes to The Colbert Report to talk occupational health and safety.  Eisenbrey worked for both the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the body that reviews contested decisions of OSHA.  Also on Tuesday, Dr. Mehmet Oz will visit with Craig. Finally, Werner Herzog will be on Carson Daly’s program really late Tuesday/early Wednesday.  Herzog recently directed a film on the cave paintings in France, using 3-D film to arguably very useful effect.  Daly’s interviews can range a bit wider than most, so the film may come up.

Speaking of safety, BASE jumper Jeb Corliss will visit Conan on Wednesday, shortly after a pretty nasty accident.  If I read the news right, he’s just out of hospital .  Brady Barr, a snake expert with a program on the National Geographic Channel, will prompt Mr. Leno to make lame jokes on Thursday.