Yes, I’m late again…I’ll eventually try and explain why and get back to something resembling normal for this blog, but in the meantime, here’s the shows with science and technology content from last week.
I will note that both Star Talk and Science Goes to the Movies have new seasons currently airing. This deserves a separate post that I hope to get to later this week. I’ll note that the Star Talk season started on October 1 with an episode featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with cyclist Lance Armstrong. Cycling journalist Max Glaskin joined Tyson and comedian Scott Adsit in studio, and cycling technology and technique were important parts of the Armstrong interview and the in-studio segments. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan joined the show when the discussion turned to performance enhancing drugs. The show can be seen in the U.S. on National Geographic Channel.
Star Talk host Tyson made a brief appearance on The Late Show Tuesday night to promote his show and participate in the Late Show‘s campaign to raise funds for Puerto Rico. The Late Show had a big week for science and technology content. On the October 5th (Thursday) show, Mr. Robot actress Grace Gummer talked at length about the Amazon electronic assistant Alexa, which features in at least one episode of the show. On the Friday show, host Stephen Colbert had a desk piece on DNA testing and white supremacists.
The Opposition with Jordan Klepper makes its first entry with last Tuesday’s edition (October 3). The show spent a segment exploring the current sweeping changes in play at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Part of the segment included an interview with former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
The movie Blade Runner 2049 premiered in the U.S. this past Friday, and two of the main actors appeared to promote the show. Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 3 and 4, respectively. Harrison Ford visited Live with Kelly and Ryan on the 4th.
Finally, former MythBusters host Adam Savage was on Live with Kelly and Ryan this past Friday (the 6th). He was with his Brain Candy tour co-host Michael Stevens (host of the science-themed YouTube channel Vsauce) doing demonstrations and brain teasers.