Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of September 29

I know it’s a weird week for late night science and technology when the latest of programs leads the list.  On tonight’s edition of Last Call, Carson Daly has a segment on Neil Harbisson, a cyborg artist.  He has an antenna implanted in his skull which enables him to hear images and see sounds.

In other listings, there’s aren’t that many this week.  Lynn Sherr is on The Colbert Report Thursday night.  Her latest book is a biography of astronaut Sally Ride.  Joseph Califano, an expert in substance addiction, will be on The Talk on Friday.  There are two guests that I would ordinarily not list as they are a chef and an animal expert.  Those segments tend to be more about hijinks than any meaningful sharing of knowledge.  Chef Jamie Oliver visits Stephen Colbert tonight, and animal expert Dave Salmoni puts up with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday.

There are several segments that aired recently with science and technology content.  The usual suspects are well represented.

The Daily Show:
On September 16, a highly critical segment on pharmaceutical drugs, their effectiveness, and a lawsuit challenging the latter. (The correspondent is now a co-anchor on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update)
On September 17, a short discussion on the military response to the Ebola outbreak and its relative risk compared to ISIS.
On September 22, highlighting some dubious reasoning around climate change by members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee in a recent hearing.

The Colbert Report

On September 11, a discussion of the recent report on the impact of climate change on birds.
On September 18, a comment on the Checky app which counts how many times one checks their phone.

On September 25th, both Conan and The Late, Late Show had jokes involving science matters.  Conan’s guest Chelsea Peretti talked about how Einstein would fare in today’s comment culture during her interview.  She thinks it wouldn’t go well for him.  In both the cold open and monologue of The Late Late Show that same evening, fun was poked at Rob Schneider for his thoughts about vaccines (anti-).


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