Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Tyson obtains his data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as from telescopes in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and in the Andes Mountains of Chile. In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security. In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a 9-member commission on the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy, dubbed the "Moon, Mars, and Beyond" commission. This group navigated a path by which the new space vision can become a successful part of the American agenda. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Committee, which will help guide NASA through its perennial need to fit its ambitious vision into its restricted budget. In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. He is a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title "Universe." And among Tyson's seven books is his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith. Origins is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series Origins, in which Tyson serves as on-camera host. The program premiered on September 28 and 29, 2004. And beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appears as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinofff program NOVA ScienceNow , which is an acessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe. Tyson is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid "13123 Tyson". On the lighter side, Tyson was voted "Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive" by People Magazine in 2000. Tyson is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium where he also teaches. Tyson lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Broadcast 1968 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Topics: Dr. Tyson's book, "Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier," delusional thinking, space exploration, space economic power. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1728 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Subject: Dr. Tyson talks space policy along with his new book, "Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier" and his article in the current edition of Foreign Affairs, , "The Case For Space: Why We Should Keep Reaching for the Stars." You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming.

Broadcast 1097 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Topics: Pluto, planets, Disney, Kuiper belt, terrestrial planets, gas giants, NASA, human spaceflight, geopolitical drivers. Dr. Tyson returned to The Space Show to discuss his new book, "The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet," which details the reclassification of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet. Dr. Tyson explains why this change was made and what the IAU action really means. You may be surprised to learn the decision is not binding! In the discussion, Dr.

Broadcast 688 (Special Edition)

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was the guest for this special edition Space Show program. Dr. Tyson began the program with a short discussion about the high cost of space access and how that might impact his arena with space-based telescopes. Listen to his reply, you might be surprised by what he has to say. We then jumped to the first chapter of his new book, "Death By Black Hole." This first chapter, Coming To Our Senses, talks about the reality of science and more. It seemed an appropriate way to lead off talking about science and related subjects with Dr. Tyson on The Space Show.

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