Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of January 23

This week the CBS programs are on repeats.  A relevant one to catch (again?) this week is Thursday’s Late Late Show.  That night you can see Chris Pratt’s recent appearance, where he was promoting the film Passengers.

An item I missed from last week was the return of Kevin Delaney to late night.  A science educator and star of the new Science Channel program Street Science, he appeared on The Tonight Show Friday night.

The new offerings are light.  Emily Deschanel, who plays a forensic anthropologist on Bones, will be on Wednesday’s edition of Harry.  And that’s it.  To fill that void, there’s a new episode of MythBusters: The Search on Saturday, and Delaney’s show airs new episodes Wednesdays on the Science Channel.

I’m still digesting what to make of the new administration with respect to science and technology policy.  I hope to post on that later in the week.


Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of October 24

A brief note on the dramatic decrease in posts this month.  There have been a combination of outside factors that have limited my posting (including a flood) and it seems likely I will be posting just once or twice a week for a little longer.  Apologies.

This is the biggest list of science and technology guests in recent memory.  It’s certainly my longest post on the subject in a while.  And doesn’t count any of the continued joking about the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

This week’s most tenuous listing may be Mary-Louise Parker’s appearance on The Late Show Thursday.  She stars in a new Broadway play, Heisenberg.  It’s a screwball comedy, which may or may not have some connection to the scientific work of the physicist whose name graces the play.  Given his work on uncertainty, please excuse the meta-ness of it all.

The CBS high-tech hospital drama Pure Genius premieres this week.  Dermot Mulroney plays the lead doctor in the show, which follows a high-tech, high-innovation hospital funded by a tech billionaire.  Mulroney will be on The Late Show on Tuesday, and he will be joined by his co-star Augustus Prew (who plays the tech billionaire) on Thursday’s edition of The Talk.

Adam Conover visits The Late Show tonight (Monday).  He hosts Adam Ruins Everything, a show that digs into ‘hidden secrets’ behind various things.  Some episode focus on science and technology topics, like nutrition and voting.  He will double dip tonight with an appearance on Last Call.  Also on Monday, Evan Rachel Wood visits The Tonight Show.  She plays a cyborg character on Westworld, the HBO series examining life on an adult theme park.  Wood is also on Thursday’s episode of Late Night.

While Nick Offerman may be best known for his acting, he is also an accomplished woodworker, and has a new book out focusing on his woodworking shop and woodwork in general.  He was on The Late Show discussing it on October 18, and will be on Monday’s edition of The Late Late Show promoting it.

Monday is just full of guests, including Bryce Dallas Howard, who visits Conan.  She’s in one of the episodes of the latest series of Black Mirror.  Her episode explores issues around online rating systems.  I really can’t say much more without disclosing plot points.  Howard will also be on Tuesday’s edition of The Talk.

The Daily Show is airing a clip show tonight, probably to give host Trevor Noah additional time to recover from a serious respiratory and ear infection.  But on Wednesday John Dell Volpe, a polling researcher at Harvard’s Institute of Politics is the guest.

Chelsea, available on Netflix, continues to bring on science and technology guests.  In the episode dropping Thursday, host Chelsea Handler talks with genomics pioneer Craig Venter about her genome test.  And if that’s not enough, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder returns to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday.


Read About The New ABCs Of Research

Ben Shneiderman, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park, recently published The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations.  It’s meant to be a guide for students and researchers about the various efforts to better integrate different kinds of research and design to improve research outputs and outcomes.  He describes it, and his perspective on a more integrative research perspective, in a short video.  The book works its way through the context and implementation of his research perspective.

(Disclaimer – I exchanged emails with Shneiderman about research models that informed his work.  I have not yet read the book, which was published in March, but have been told I am acknowledged in it.)

Shneiderman has been giving seminars related to the book, and the next one is in New York City on Thursday April 21.  For those in the greater Washington, D.C. area, one is scheduled for next Wednesday, April 27, at the University of Maryland.  The book is already available online through Oxford University Press and other booksellers.

Playing Catch-up On Late Night – Water And The Pope

A short technical note before proceeding.  I’m in the midst of an unplanned separation from my laptop.  While I suspected this, the last few days have confirmed that tablets – at least for me – are a very inefficient blogging tool.  I’m taking much longer to make lower quality posts, and it’s frustrating.  I appreciate your patience to date, and ask for your continued indulgence.

Bill Nye returned to The Nightly Show this evening, and I’ll have more on that tomorrow.  Wilmore also spends more time on the recent news about water on Mars.  Additionally, Dominic Wilcox is on tonight’s edition of The Late Show.  My listings credit Wilcox as an inventor, so I will be interested in seeing what he brings to the show.

But Mars and the evidence of running water there recently announced by NASA have featured prominently on the late night programs.  It was part of all three of the Comedy Central programs Monday night, and that would be a good way to learn the styles of The Daily Show, The Nightly Show, and @midnight.  Mars also featured in the monologues of other late night shows over the last few days.

Meanwhile, over at The Late Show, Stephen Colbert managed to include climate change into his material on the recent Papal visit to the U.S.  On the September 22 show, climate change and the Pope was part of his prepared pieces (as was a mention of the recent copyright decision on “Happy Birthday”).  And Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who was a guest on the September 24 show, is head of the environment committee at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Part of their conversation involved climate change.  Regrettably I cannot find a clip to include in this post.  That may change once my laptop is repaired.  Regardless, I’ll have more details on Monday’s regular late night post.

DNA-inspired Sculptures To Sit On Auction Block

As part of a fundraising project for a building at the Francis Crick Institute, Christie’s will hold an auction for 30 double-helix sculptures on September 30 (H/T ScienceInsider).  The sculptures, prepared by a variety of artists and a town councillor, were on display in London during the summer.  Here’s a video highlighting some of them in production (Benjamin Shine’s is probably my favorite, but I’d understand if you favored Kindra Crick’s – even if just for the family connection.)

The sculptures were spread around town in an art trail, not unlike similar art projects meant to raise civic awareness as much as provide artistic experience.  I would hope that those who come away with these helical works of art see fit to have them displayed where others can still see them.

An aside – my output of late has not been the most…insightful, which I have to tout up to recent health matters.  They are on the mend, but if you become aware of human trials for 3D bioprinting, please give a holler.  I may now qualify.

Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of June 29

FWIW, last Monday marked six years of posts here at Pasco Phronesis.  Apparently the proper anniversary gift is candy.

This week, with the Fourth of July holiday on Saturday, many programs are in repeats.  Those that aren’t running repeats this week will likely run them next week (the Comedy Central shows will likely not, with Jon Stewart departing The Daily Show on August 6).  Of this week’s repeats, you can check out bug chef David George Gordon’s recent appearance on The Late Late Show tonight (Monday).  Even later tonight you can see Zach Woods last appearance with Carson Daly.  Woods is one of the cast members of Silicon Valley.  On Tuesday Alicia Vikander’s recent appearance with Seth Meyers will run again.  For Thursday you can catch Bryce Dallas Howard on The Talk promoting Jurassic World.  Her co-start Chris Pratt’s last appearance with Jimmy Fallon will be rerun on Friday.

Two science and technology flavored shows, and one film are featured early in this week’s new guests.  Emilia Clarke is carrying promotional water for the new Terminator film, out on Wednesday.  She’s with Jimmy Kimmel tonight (Monday).    Extant‘s new season premieres this week, and star Halle Berry joins Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night.  Earlier that day she joins her co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan on The Talk.

Kumail Nanjiani, from Silicon Valley, is on to promote the second season of his Comedy Central show The Meltdown.  Nanjiani will be on Conan Tuesday, and on @midnight with his Meltdown co-host and producer later that same night.  Time was when guests weren’t double-booked on the same night, but I’m old.

In content you may have missed, there were two segments on last Tuesday’s edition of The Nightly Show where Larry updated folks on the drought in California.

The Blog Is Knocking On Wood

As happens more often than not, I failed to note a blog anniversary on the actual date.  Last Sunday marked 5 years of Pasco Phronesis (I’d been on the now-defunct Prometheus group blog since January 2006).  I was too busy meandering the woods of southwest Pennsylvania to do much about it.  Thinking about it over the past week I’ve noted how things have felt about the same in the last 12 months.  Though there has been some shifting in the top-viewed posts (this will be #2231 in this venue), none of the top four were added in the last 12 months.

This quartet (and its predecessors) serve as an excellent reminder that the posts I might value don’t correlate to what seems popular.  If I’m inclined to chase views, it would seem that I should chase the cultural topics more than I normally do.  But the top two posts are leading by a large margin, which suggests that I can’t effectively predict what will be monster hits – at least ahead of time.

Ideally, I would like to do this as the main job, and not an interesting sideline.  But looking at the economics of online publishing, what I write isn’t likely to capture the kind of ad revenue or subscription interest that would be sustaining.  Unless I’m willing to chuck it all and commit everything to this.  There may be days where I feel like it, but I’m not there…yet.

Thanks to everyone for reading, and for providing feedback in whatever channel you like.  There is a blog email up at the top left if you’d rather not post a comment, and you can always Tweet @p_phronesis.  Let’s close with a science-ish video from the Muppets (and yes, it’s sponsored, check out that product placement).