Most of the late night programs were out of their Thanksgiving-induced breaks, just in time to start the hype machine for the new Star Wars film premiering December 15. Regrettably, this means no science and technology guests to speak of this past week. (While Kumail Nanjiani of Silicon Valley was on many shows this week, it was to promote the home video release of his latest film, The Big Sick.) There was, of course, another new MythBusters episode.
The November 26 edition of StarTalk featured James Cameron, director and deep sea explorer. The interview with host Neil deGrasse Tyson was from the 2017 National Geographic Explorers conference. Cameron is an explorer-in-residence at National Geographic and StarTalk airs on the National Geographic Channel. This episode is a natural follow-on from the previous edition, which featured ocean explorers Fabien Cousteau and Sylvia Earle. Cameron’s love of the ocean was discussed at length. This included not just his exploration of the Marianas Trench, but also how his time diving influenced his movies in ways both obvious and subtle.