Radio Reminder: Neil deGrasse Tyson

I’ll be speaking with Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson tomorrow (Sunday) morning on Atheist Talk Radio. Details here. We’ll be talking about The Universe, clouds of dust, space travel, science literacy and education, and whatever else we get to. We have a long list of topics and a short hour with some commercial breaks, so I doubt we’ll solve all of the mysteries of the universe.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of countless essays and several books, including Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries; Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, which accompanies a PBS documentary of the same name; a rather riveting memoir called The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and of course, The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet. Yes, yes, he is the guy who killed Pluto. Or, as Julia recently quipped when I told her it wasn’t really his fault: “Right. He was the head of the committee that killed Pluto! Same thing!”

I hope you’ll join us.


  1. #1 John Swindle
    April 2, 2011

    Dr Tyson is one of my favorite explainers of sciency stuff. That conversation should be fun.

    I’ve never understood why anyone would care whether Pluto is classified as a planet or a fictional dog. None of those who object to the reclassification is ever going to visit Pluto, and most would be at a loss if asked to describe the thing. Maybe it’s a form of humor I just don’t recognise.

  2. #2 feralboy12
    April 2, 2011

    Yeah, the real mystery is Goofy. He looks like a dog, but he wears a hat and drives a car.

  3. #3 oldebabe
    April 2, 2011

    Lucky you, gettiing to talk with NdeGT, in person, about astrophysics, and for almost an hour…

    Will you share later with those of us who can’t listen or view?

  4. #4 gwen
    April 2, 2011

    I can’t wait to listen!! 🙂

  5. #5 yogi-one
    April 2, 2011

    9am is 7am out here on the left side of the universe.

    Will it be archived? I’d love to hear you guys.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    April 2, 2011

    There will be a podcast and I’ll post info on that when available.

  7. #7 John S. Wilkins
    April 3, 2011

    “He was the head of the committee that killed Pluto!”

    He was only following orders.

  8. #8 Mike Haubrich
    April 3, 2011

    For those wishing to listen live through the stations’ streaming service, a useful Minnesota Zip code is “55112.”

  9. #9 Bob DeWitt
    April 3, 2011

    I think the problem Americans have with the “demotion” of Pluto – and I’m not defending them – is that it was discovered by an American, Clyde Tombaugh, a hard-working amateur. A very silly thing to feel oppressed about; talk about being stuck in the past!

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    April 3, 2011

    But wait, weren’t all important astronomical things discovered by Americans??!?!? What R you saying!?!?!?

  11. #11 Stephanie Z
    April 3, 2011

    Bob, that assumes that the Americans who are upset about this know who discovered Pluto.

  12. #12 DuWayne
    April 3, 2011

    John Swindle –

    It’s a matter of principle, kind of like “will no one think of the children!?!!1!?!'” Except it is actually “will no one think of the baby planets?!!?1!??” in this case. And, for that matter, “will no one think of the children!!??1!?!!” I mean the bastards who killed Pluto have destroyed the very fabric of our solar system.

  13. #13 Greg Laden
    April 3, 2011

    Quick, go here: !!!!

  14. #14 Mike Haubrich
    April 3, 2011

    @stephanie: Here is what NdT had to say about that in a 2009 interview:

    And I though maybe it was because Pluto was discovered by an American. Maybe we just have a little bit of a jingoistic attitude towards it. Clyde Tombaugh in the 1930’s. And I asked them, do you know who discovered Pluto? No. do you know what the nationality of the person who discovered Pluto? No. Nine out of ten people who felt strongly about Pluto did not that an American had discovered it. So that couldn’t be the reason. So I just blame Disney.

  15. #15 Mingr
    April 6, 2011

    By the way – I think you did a *great* job.

    He sounds like a really nice guy, as well.

    Too bad we don’t have another 100 like him.