Podcast #41 – Neil deGrasse Tyson

We interview Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, science advocate, and author of The Pluto Files, a look at the cosmic dust-up that resulted from the demotion of the planet Pluto to “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union.  Dr. Tyson occupies the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of National History in NYC.  For more on Dr. Tyson visit HaydenPlanetarium.org/Tyson.

The Pluto Files is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

If you haven’t already, you can read our review of The Pluto Files here.

GET WELL SOON!  Father Reginald Foster, the Discalced Carmelite who is the Vatican’s chief Latinist (best known for his brief appearance in Bill Maher’s documentary Religulous, in which he openly scoffed at concepts like the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, etc. – and this is a guy who resides in the Vatican!) has been having health problems since taking a bad fall last summer.  While Catholics are encouraged to pray for him (preferrably in Latin), freethinkers are encouraged to send their best wishes to Father Foster for a speedy recovery.

DARWIN DONATIONS – Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday is coming up.  To celebrate, mark your calendars for February 12th; on that day, contact the charity of your choice and tell them you’re making the donation “in honor of Charles Darwin.”


We’re giving away 2 free tix to the upcoming conference “The Religious-Secular Divide,” organized by the New School in NYC.  Just email us by February 7th at contact@americanfreethought.com or post your request on our Facebook Wall and you’ll be eligible to win.

Speaking of February 7th, if you’ll be in metro Atlanta, join John and David at the first-ever Atlanta SkeptiCamp!  SkeptiCamp is a special kind of conference in which the content is provided by the attendees.  For fast-changing details visit BarCamp.org/AtlantaSkeptiCampFeb2009.

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David is podcasting new episodes of Secular Nation.  AtheistAlliance.org/podcast.

Interested in science fiction?  Then check out John’s SciFiDimensions Podcast.  SciFiDimensions.com.

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Theme music by Body Found.

Recorded February 2, 2009.  Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.

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