Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of May 4

On tonight’s episode of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson jumps into biology.  His interview guest is relationship expert Dan Savage, and his in studio guests are comedian Chuck Nice and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher.  (If you can’t get StarTalk on your television, a podcast version of each episode should be available the following weekend.)

While stars from the latest Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, continue to promote the film, you can catch one of the leads in Ex Machina this week.  Alicia Vikander sits down with Conan O’Brien Tuesday night and with Carson Daly late Thursday night.

The biggest deal this week is Ernest Moniz, the Secretary of Energy.  He will visit with Jon Stewart on Wednesday, and I expect the Secretary’s involvement in the Iranian nuclear negotiations will be a theme in the interview (along with his hair, but Stewart  hosts a comedy news program).

On to the other guests.  T.J. Miller, a comedian who also plays one of the tech entrepreneurs on the Silicon Valley television show, is on Conan tonight.  Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard, will be running for the Republican presidential nomination.  That likely explains her appearance with Seth Meyers on Tuesday night.  (That Meyers, and not Tonight Show host Fallon, has been speaking with presidential candidates is worth noting).  And since it seems rare to have a week without someone who plays a scientist on The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons takes his turn visiting Live With Kelly and Michael on Friday.

There is plenty of science and technology content in past programs worth noting.  @midnight had segments on the Progress space vessel spinning out of control (April 29) and the discovery of a new dinosaur (April 30).  The week before, The Daily Show had segments on GMOs and the National Security Agency’s recycling program.


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