StarTalk is an American talk show hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that airs weekly on National Geographic. StarTalk is a spin-off of the podcast of the same name, in which Tyson discusses scientific topics through one-on-one interviews and panel discussions. Space.com called it the "first-ever science-themed late-night talk show." The series premiered on April 20, 2015.
On July 29, 2015, it was announced that StarTalk was renewed for a second season, starting October 25, 2015, with Bill Clinton as the first guest.
As of February 4, 2016, audio recordings of all twenty TV episodes have subsequently aired as podcast episodes. Season 3 is scheduled to air on September 19, 2016 with actress Whoopi Goldberg as the first guest.
NEW: Now featuring a 13-minute “Venusian Update” from Dr. FunkySpoon and Chuck Nice about the ESA’s Venus Express, Japan’s “never say die” Akatsuki orbiter, and possible future US missions to our “Evil Twin.”
This week, astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon sits in while Neil is off working on the new COSMOS series for FOX. You might remember him as our guest planetary scientist from the Mars Curiosity Rover team at StarTalk Live! Satisfying our Curiosity about Mars and StarTalk Live! Exploring Our Funky Solar System, but he also works on ESA’s Venus Express mission. In other words, Dr. FunkySpoon is the perfect guide to answer your Cosmic Queries about Venus… with a little help from comic co-host Leighann Lord. You’ll hear theories on why Venus rotates so slowly (its year is shorter than its day), and in a different direction than Earth. Find out why exploring Venus has been so much harder than Mars, in spite of the long-lasting Soviet Venera program, and the challenges to creating rovers and space suits that can withstand Venus’ crushing pressure (90x Earth’s) and searing heat (nearly 900 °F). Learn about Venus’ runaway greenhouse atmosphere, how it got that way, why it has no plate tectonics, and even the possibility of life on this inhospitable planet orbiting so close to the Sun.
Dr. David Grinspoon, aka Dr. FunkySpoon, Astrobiologist, former Baruch S. Blumberg/NASA chair of astrobiology at the Library of Congress
Leighann Lord, comedian
Chuck Nice, comedian
“Venus” – Sleeping at Last
“Fever” – Peggy Lee
“Venus” – The Feelers
“Venus” – Volor Flex
“Gravity” – No Doubt
“Venus” – Lady Gaga
“Venus Kissed the Moon” – Loey Nelson
“Original Spin” – Mother Mother
“Venus” (Marc Almond’s HI NRG Showgirls Mix) – Bananarama
“Dreamer” – Mokita, Kaptan
“Bring Back the Summer” – Rain Man feat. OLY