Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of February 15

This week we have several shows in repeats, most notably the Comedy Central programs and Conan.  Conan O’Brien has taken his program to South Korea this week for a future program.  Given the country’s use of technology, I would not be surprised to see that featured in some part of the program when it eventually airs later this year.

Of this week’s repeats, the most noteworthy is The Nightly Show on Wednesday, when the show will re-air Neil deGrasse Tyson’s latest appearance, where his ‘beef’ with rapper B.o.B. over whether the Earth is flat (human tip: it’s not) was fully quashed.  Monday night’s Conan rerun pales in comparison (no pun intended) as it features a segment with a military bomb detachment and its robot.

Craig Ferguson’s new History Channel program Join or Die premieres on Thursday at 11 p.m. with two half-hour programs.  The second one is called “History’s Worst Medical Advice,” and “Science Bob” Pflugfelder will be part of the panel.  Ferguson will appear on The Late Show Monday night promoting the program, and we might get to see a clip of this episode.

Dominic Monaghan, the actor who also hosts Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, appears with Carson Daly on Monday’s edition.  (You can catch his recent appearance on @midnight when it reruns on Tuesday night.)  On Wednesday edition of The Talk, Chi-Lan Lieu will appear with tech news.

Closing out with content I missed last week, the current leaders in the clubhouse each represented.  On the February 8th edition of The Daily Show, guest Gillian Jacobs and Trevor Noah discussed her documentary film on Grace Hopper.  Jacobs also expressed interest in the technology story of actress Hedy Lamarr.  Jacobs will appear on The Late Late Show Thursday, but Jacobs is promoting another project, so I can’t say whether her interest in technology will come up with James Corden.

On the Feburary 9th edition of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert discussed the recent Centers for Disease Control recommendations about women and alcohol with one of his writers.  On February 11th, The Nightly Show continued its coverage of the contaminated water in Flint, and Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian was on the panel.

I have watched the new program Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.  The half hour program shares a format with Last Week Tonight, and while it has yet to air in full, there is a field piece featured in the promos for the show that deals with how poorly the Veterans’ Administration system is set up for handling female veterans.  It deserves noting here, and I will once it airs in full.  I do not expect there to be guests on the program, so my notices will of necessity be post facto.


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