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

Tonight marks the beginning of James Corden’s tenure as host of The Late Late Show.  Both he and David Letterman have just three shows this week, due to the college basketball tournament, so you may have additional opportunities to catch one of Corden’s first few programs.  Corden will appear on Conan Thursday, should you need a new dose after his first three shows.  I will monitor the show for science and technology content, but I’d be amazed if Corden matches his predecessor Craig Ferguson in terms of guests and monologues on the subject(s).

There is a repeat worth mentioning.  Senator Ted Cruz appeared recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and made some claims about climate change.  That program will re-air on Friday night.

In the new material this week, The Daily Show is the place to watch.  Tuesday night Jon Ronson stops by to discuss his latest book.  So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed concerns public shaming, and part of the rise in this activity has been technologically based.  Part of Ronson’s motivation for writing involves his interactions with people impersonating him online.  Former orca trainer John Hargrove, who was part of the documentary Blackfish, visits the show on Thursday.

On Friday, Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory (where he plays a scientist) visits The Talk.  He’ll be promoting his new animated film, and The Talk‘s technology reporter, Chi-Lan Lieu, will be on as well.  (Earlier today/Monday on The Talk was Emily Deschanel, who plays a forensic scientist on Bones.)


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