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StarTalk Radio
« on: August 31, 2015, 11:41:47 AM »
I'm listening to the latest episode of StarTalk (30AUG2015) and giggling away. The show notes say:

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Extended Classics: A Conversation With God

Neil Tyson has a one-on-one conversation with… God. Join us for divine revelations about everything from the Big Bang, to evolution and creationism, to aliens. Now including “God’s Favorites,” plus “How Tweet It Is” with Neil and Bill Nye.

I mostly like the style of the show, and really enjoy the humour. I don't mean I always think it is hilarious, but rather that the upbeat an irreverent mix of people in the panels seems to make for a much more engaging show. I think the Infinite Monkey Cage does it better, but not by much.

Any of you have opinions on the show?
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 12:38:59 PM »
I think it's a great show - and it's a TV program now. At least I think it is. My DVR hasn't recorded an episode in over a month.


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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2015, 05:22:45 PM »
Do yourself a favor and listen to the latest episode with President Bill Clinton. He's incredibly scientifically literate and curious and reveals authentic care and interest for science. Listen up!
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2015, 06:16:07 PM »
Cool beans. It's in my queue already, and having filthied myself all day rebuilding my garage with my neighbour, it's bath-and-podcast time.
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2015, 06:52:24 AM »
Do yourself a favor and listen to the latest episode with President Bill Clinton. He's incredibly scientifically literate and curious and reveals authentic care and interest for science. Listen up!

Well, it did give us Viagra...  ;)
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2015, 04:52:54 PM »
Man, now I wish the show didn't split up the interviews into segments. That was a really interesting discussion.
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2015, 08:35:40 AM »
love startalk listen every week

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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2016, 06:12:24 PM »
I adore StarTalk. It was the very first podcast I ever listened too and I still enjoy em!

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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2016, 08:38:01 PM »
Just the other day I saw it in my queue and groaned.
Anyone else feel fatigued by it at this point?
It's way too commercialized for a podcast, the interviews are too short and too segmented, the topics and guests are becoming less and less relevant to the point where you can hear them trying to extract context just to justify the podcast...
I'm kinda losing interest.
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2016, 10:54:00 PM »
It happens, Ambious. Don't fight it and don't be discouraged by it. In some cases the podcast changes in ways that make it no longer appealing to you. WTF (Marc Maron) and Nerdist are in that phase for me at the moment. In some cases you change in ways that make it no longer apple along to you. I'd put the Larry Miller podcast in that category.

Now I curate as I go. There are a set of podcasts that are every episode, a set that are selected episodes, and a set that are 'for a long trip because I have to be trapped'. That last category is filled with really challenging and excellent shows like Spark from CBC and The Brain Science Podcast by Dr. Ginger Campbell. It's just that I need to be in a particular state of mind to take them in.

...in any case, Startalk hasn't crossed my 'selected episodes' threshold yet, but I'll often let two or three queue up.
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2018, 08:42:48 PM »
Sorry to revive this old topic, but I have to say I'm really rather disappointed by this podcast.  I love Neil deGrasse Tyson in just about anything he's done, but I find this podcast just about impossible to listen to: the lowbrow "humour", the "light" tone, the comedian co-host. Maybe it's aimed at a different audience than his usual material.

Has it really gone downhill recently? I had such high hopes for this one. I suppose it could just be me: I can't stand Bill Nye either.

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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2018, 03:39:40 AM »
Sorry to revive this old topic, but I have to say I'm really rather disappointed by this podcast.  I love Neil deGrasse Tyson in just about anything he's done, but I find this podcast just about impossible to listen to: the lowbrow "humour", the "light" tone, the comedian co-host. Maybe it's aimed at a different audience than his usual material.

Has it really gone downhill recently? I had such high hopes for this one. I suppose it could just be me: I can't stand Bill Nye either.

I used to be a subscriber, but I got bored with one comedian host in particular (Chuck Nice) He's not as funny as he thinks he is.
The quality of the show did drop off.

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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 10:01:02 AM »
I agree I find the show adding a lot of non astronomy topics. The off spin science of sports, at first I thought was a good idea now is kind of boring.
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 01:10:29 PM »
Sometime in the last six months I unsubscribed. The format stopped appealing to me.
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Re: StarTalk Radio
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2018, 01:26:12 PM »
Trying to remember why I stopped listening to it. I think there was too much push to make a joke about everything, acting dumb, and it gets repetitive.

Makes sense that this thread was started in 2015.

Oh, I remember. Bill ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding Nye.

 

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