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Science meets comedy and pop culture on StarTalk Radio! Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe. Listen to StarTalk Radio podcasts on our website,, and just about everywhere across the cosmos: iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Tune-In and more. You’ll also find us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media channels. Keep Looking Up!

Customer Reviews

Good show, could be great...

I love Neil deGrasse Tyson and enjoy hearing him explain the cosmos. The only thing keeping this show from 5 stars is the cohost Lynne Koplitz. Seems like a nice person and I understand her purpose as the cohost to keep Neil's astrophysics talk in check, but I already feel Neil is good at that. So she just dumbs down the conversation too much, which can come across as annyoing and uncomfortable at times. Anyhow, as a testiment to how interesting Neil is, you could put someone running nails down a chalkboard next to him and I probably would still tune in and listen ;)

So much potential

Neil deGrasse Tyson is amazing. He's intelligent, clever, and accessible. Lynne Koplitz is quite possibly the least funny person in the known universe. Her voice is grating and her schtick is generic. I've never laughed, nor even even considered smiling at anything she's ever said. She is horrible. Neil needs someone in his own intellectual ballpark to have actual conversations with. I think he might owe her money. Or she has photos of him that he doesn't want released.

To echo previous comments, the show is dumbed down too much. They really need to raise the bar. If they did, I would highly recommend this. Five stars for Neil. Negative five trillion for Lynn.

I really wanted to like this podcast, but . . .

It's sort of an "Astronomy for Dummies" show, seemingly targeted at teenagers and young adults who never paid much attention to this sort of thing before. Everything is presented in quick little sound bites that barely scratch the surface of the subject matter. Interviews with interesting guests are unfortunately chopped up into tiny segments that make it difficult to get anything out of them. Tyson spends far too much of the show engaging in idle banter with his irritating "comedienne" co-host, whose main attributes are a grating, Fran Drescher-type voice, and a tiresome "I'm just a dumb girl; this science stuff is confusing and boring!" schtick (Then why are you on the show?). It's a shame, really; I feel Dr. Tyson's talents are wasted here. Perhaps this format works in radio, but I think it fails as a podcast. With a little tweaking, such as replacing the co-host and a adding a bit more depth to the material, this could be a good podcast (and perhaps still be a good radio show).

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