Carl Sagan

You know we sometimes get so caught up in the minutiae of everyday life. Trying to protect our own little turf on this little planet that we lose sight of the big picture. I mean the really big picture.

In the 1970s and ’80s astronomer. Carl Sagan led the way in showing us the big picture with his book and TV show. Cosmos and then in 1994 his follow-up book called pale Blue.

The interview you’re about to hear was actually the second interview I had with Carl Sagan in the early ’90s and I found it hard to be in the same room with him and and not be swept up in his enthusiastic and voracious quest for more knowledge.

And as I was preparing the interview for use on this podcast, I thought how absolutely thrilled Carl Sagan would be today to learn about the James Webb telescope.

So here now from 1994 Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan died in 1996. He was 62.


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Neil de Greasse Tyson

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Neil de Greasse Tyson

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Alexa stopNot since Carl Sagan, perhaps, has there been a professional stargazer as engaging and as popular as Neil de Grasse Tyson.

A witty, Charming personality who seems to know everything about astrophysics, Tyson has become a very popular TV host, public speaker, and podcaster.

I met him in 2000, when he wrote a book for the light person, not the professional scientist. Science literacy is Tyson’s thing.

So here now, from 2000, Neil de Grasse Tyson:

Neil de Greasse Tyson celebrated his 62nd birthday last month. He is a popular TV persoanlity and podcaster. He lives in New York.