In the two weeks since I last noted the upcoming guests on the television edition of StarTalk (which eventually becomes the podcast version, but I digress), the show’s website has added some future guests.
The main guest on the December 20 episode is singer/songwriter David Crosby. As the December 6 (tonight’s) episode with David Byrne concerns creativity, technology and music, the episode with Crosby will focus on folk music and social justice. Joining host Neil deGrasse Tyson with his audience is co-host comedian Chuck Nice and historian Thomas Sugrue. Sugrue is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at NYU and his specialty is 20th century American politics.
The main guest for December 27 is the physicist and science host Brian Cox. Cox is probably better known in his native U.K. but his programs have aired on some cable networks in the United States. Joining Tyson in studio on this episode will be co-host comedian Maeve Higgins and host of Brain Games (which airs on the same television network as StarTalk) Jason Silva. Silva is also a filmmaker whose work explores some topics that wouldn’t feel out of place on StarTalk.
My speculation is that the January 3 episode of StarTalk will have Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency as either the main guest or the special unannounced video guest the program has had for each episode this season. I’m basing this on the episode clip with McCarthy currently on the show’s website. Tyson introduces the clip, and the others joining him in the clip are Maeve Higgins and a gentleman I cannot identify, but am reasonably sure is not Jason Silva.
For those wondering who the unannounced guests have been for the episodes that have aired since I last posted on this, they have been Rebecca Oppenheimer on the Susan Sarandon episode and David Cope on tonight’s episode featuring David Byrne. Oppenheimer is a Curator in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History (one of Tyson’s superiors) and Cope is a professor of music at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
No word yet on whether there will be a Season 3 of StarTalk on The National Geographic Channel.