Friday, July 10, 2009

New Science Oriented Radio Show Aims at Working-class Audience

New Science Oriented Radio Show Aims at Working-class Audience
By Joel Wendland

Are you a Discovery channel junky? If so, a new radio show hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will hit the spot. Tyson has teamed up with Comedy Central's Lynn Koplitz for a new science-based radio talk show called Star Talk.

During a recent telephone interview, Tyson said the show blends comedy, talk and great interviews with all kinds of people, from scientists and artists to TV celebrities like Stephen Colbert and Bill Nye.

"The goal is to convince people that science is all around us," Tyson said. "Science doesn't have to be as though you're taking medicine; you can have fun with it."

Tyson said that he thinks his show will appeal most to the kind of working-class people he meets everyday who recognize him from the TV programs he has hosted or appeared on. "They're discovery channel junkies, and they still want to learn. Maybe they didn't get a chance to go to college, but they remained intellectually curious all their lives," he said.

"I see this show as science for the common man. Science for people who never imagined they could have liked science at all," he added.