Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of May 19

Between promotion of the new X-Men film and the pending Memorial Day holiday, the late night guest lineups are filling fast.  The highlight this week is likely the appearance of kid scientists with David Letterman on Tuesday.  With Letterman’s departure sometime next year, it may be the last time we get to see young scientists (typically from Illinois) explain their work on national television.  Also on Tuesday, Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, will sit down at The Daily Show to talk about his new book.  It focuses on how technology can be used to transform government.

In repeat listings, on Thursday there will be a repeat of Robin Roberts’ appearance with Dave from last month.  They went into detail on her recent spate of illness.  On Friday we go back to Dave to see a rerun of the appearance by Jamie Edwards, the young British man who constructed a small nuclear fusion reactor at his school earlier this year.

There’s also some material worth catching that I missed the first time around.  On the May 12th edition of The Tonight Show there was fun to be had with a mid-20th century coin-operated recording booth.  There people could record their songs on vinyl record, and Neil Young demonstrated the machine with two songs (one is online only).  On May 14th, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the winners of this year’s Rube Goldberg machine contest held at Purdue University.  Take a look:

Finally, The Colbert Report had a segment on vaccines back on April 28.  Following a desk piece, Colbert interviewed Dr. Paul Offit, an infectious disease pediatrician with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on the impacts to herd immunity of the declining immunization rates.


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