For most programs, last week was the last week they will air new episodes this year. It was also the week leading to the U.S. debut of the latest Star Wars film, which might have crowded out any possible science and technology guests.
The December 10 edition of Star Talk was about science in storytelling and/or the science of storytelling, depending on who you listened to. The main interview was with noted author Salman Rushdie, who writes mostly in the genre of magical realism. He spoke at length about the need for stories to follow an internal logic and set of rules. Literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall talked in studio about the evolution of storytelling with host Neil DeGrasse Tyson and comedian Eugene Mirman.
The director and one of the supporting cast of The Shape of Water made appearances last week. Much of the film takes place at a secret scientific research station. Director Guillermo del Toro was on the December 12 edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, and co-star Richard Jenkins was on later that night with Carson Daly.
Of course, MythBusters continues to air new episodes of its latest season. Starting early December 23 on the East Coast, nearly every hour of the show will air in the U.S. on the Science Channel.