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

This is a rare holiday week, as they go.  While all programs are in repeats tonight for Independence Day, three will return on Tuesday.  In the cases of The Nightly Show and The Daily Show, I expect it is because of the party conventions taking place the last two weeks of this month.  The Daily Show will broadcast from the conventions (Cleveland for the Republicans and Philadelphia for the Democrats), and it’s standard practice for the late night Comedy Central programs to have the same air schedule.  So even if The Nightly Show won’t be broadcasting from the conventions (which is probably the case), it will air new programs those nights.  (In other late night convention news, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will air live shows during the conventions, but from New York City.)

Conan is also returning with new shows after today, though Tuesday’s program is a “Scrapisode” that compiles various unaired material (usually from rehearsals).  This is likely due to the program going on the road for Comic Con in San Diego later this month.  Conan will air shows from Comic Con July 20-24, which is one more night than last year.

But, as you might have guessed, most shows are off all week.  Checking the listings, there is a repeat of note.  Tonight’s (Monday’s) Tonight Show rerun features model and coding enthusiast Karlie Kloss.  She’ll make mention of her work encouraging young women to learn coding.

Even with the lower number of expected repeats this week, I have no new guests to mention this week.  There is material from last week worth catching.  From June 29th, The Late Show noted the discovery of a vast helium reserve.  The same night on The Daily Show guest Laverne Cox form Orange is the New Black mentioned her advocacy in support of a bill that would require agencies to collect data on gender identity and sexual orientation when conducting surveys.  The bill would not require people to disclose either, but by encouraging the collection of this data it make it easier for the government to determine how to allocate resources in connection to policies related to LGBT people.  On June 30th, Stephen Colbert mentioned recent changes to the Facebook algorithm during The Late Show.

Last week I noted Chuck Klosterman’s appearance on The Daily Show to promote his latest book, But What If We’re Wrong? Based on the interview and reading some reviews of the book, it appears that the book is trying to be a history of ideas, and some of those ideas are scientific concepts like the multiverse.  That gravity is involved reflects how the scientific concept of gravity has indeed changed over time, including how Einstein and Newton considered it differently.  In other words, I don’t think the book may be as cavalier about science as I feared.  Of course, I could be wrong.


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