Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of June 1

Tonight’s edition of StarTalk on the National Geographic Channel features Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut who most people may recognize from the online presence he generated while in space.  Neil deGrasse Tyson will be in front of tha audience with comedian Eugene Mirman and another astronaut, Mike Massimino.  Most of the episodes are now available in podcast format, with a few minutes of extra material.  The intention is that all of the television episodes will eventually make it to podcast.

This week the NBA Finals will start on the ABC network in the U.S., meaning that Jimmy Kimmel’s program will be airing on a slightly different schedule, though this week there do not appear to be any science and technology themed guest bookings.

Two films coming out later this month tackle science and technology related topics, though both will likely take liberties.  The newest Pixar film, Inside Out premieres June 19 in the U.S.  Its director, Pete Docter, will be on with Carson Daly late tonight (Monday).  Jurassic World, the fourth film based on the Jurassic Park book, premieres on June 12.  Part of what makes the dinosaurs very angry this time around concerns a new species, wholly engineered (as opposed to the modified dinosaurs of previous films.  Bryce Dallas Howard is in the film.  She was on Live with Kelly and Michael this morning, and visits with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night.

In what may well be a new trend, a cast member from Silicon Valley will be on a talk show.  This week it is Thomas Middleditch on Wednesday with Conan.  An older trend is an appearance from a cast member of The Big Bang Theory.  This week that role is taken by both Jim Parsons and Kunal Nayyar.  Jim will be on The View Tuesday, and Kunal will be on Thursday.  That’s not all we’ll get to see during the day, as The Talk‘s technology correspondent, Chi-Lan Lieu, will appear on Friday.

As usual, there is stuff to catch up with on the Comedy Central programs.  The Nightly Show revisited the California drought during its May 27th program.  That same night The Daily Show ran a segment about the trend of seeing stories every year claiming the worst pollen year ever.  There is actually a twist to the story that is worth watching.  There’s even a scientific society guest involved.


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