Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of June 23

In repeats this week, you have a chance to (re)visit the time where Jack White fascinated Jimmy Fallon with his recording booth.  Neil Young cut two songs during the course of that show, which will run again Tuesday night.

This week in new stuff, Edie Falco, who plays Nurse Jackie on the eponymous program, sits down with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night.  On Wednesday Andy Serkis, the fellow who portrays many animals and creatures on film via motion capture, visits Conan.  He’s in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which premieres next month in theaters.

In related news, the June 4th editions of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report had segments on science matters without specific guests.  Jon Stewart analyzed the phenomenon of Republicans stating their lack of scientific credentials.  Stephen Colbert had fun with the study that suggested hurricanes with female names were not taken as seriously as those with male names.  On the June 18th edition of The Late, Late Show, Craig Ferguson mentioned that night’s episode of Through the Wormhole in his monologue.  It was a throwaway joke related to that episode’s topic – is the ocean a superorganism?  He also talked a bit about flying cars.

But the biggest missed content relates to Doctor Oz, recently called before Congress about products he has endorsed on his television program.  John Oliver was far from the only person to talk about it on his program, but nobody spent nearly half their program on the topic, expanding the discussion into the whole supplement industry and its efforts to dodge regulation.  Oliver and his staff at Last Week Tonight are working to distinguish themselves by covering what other programs won’t (or won’t cover at length).  Given how well science and technology are covered these days (and how often the topics have shown up in the first 8 episodes), I think it’s a safe bet that Last Week Tonight will appear more weeks than not in these posts.



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