The January doldrums continue for science and technology guests on late night. Even StarTalk returned to a common topic – science and comedy – with its January 14th episode featuring Late Show host Stephen Colbert. While the discussion of Colbert’s religious faith was an added feature of the main interview, the show has touched on science and comedy several times in the past. Tyson was joined in studio by Adam Conover, another comedian (who hosts a show focused on deconstructing conventional wisdom, Adam Ruins Everything) and Sophia McClennan, who has studied and written on satire and democracy. The episode also featured appearances from Bill Nye the Science Guy and Jesuit priest (and frequent Colbert guest) Jim Martin.
While the new MythBusters season continues, the drought of science and technology guests continued on the talk shows this week. But we have something to look forward to on Sunday the 21st, as StarTalk will focus on the stories of the African-American female NASA mathematicians featured in the recent film and book Hidden Figures.