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Neil deGrasse Tyson “StarTalk”

*National Geographic series “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” is set to return this fall for a 20-episode third season, the cable channel announced.

The weekly science-driven talk show is based on Tyson’s popular podcast of the same name, and each episode features an intimate interview between Tyson and a guest from pop culture, politics or news, discussing how science and technology have affected their lives and careers.

The new season will include conversations with singer-actress Janelle Monáe, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, director Ted Melfi, cyclist Lance Armstrong and conservationist Fabien Cousteau.

“From actors to entertainers, from politicians to performers and from artists to athletes, our guests have two things in common: They are drawn from pop culture, and science has profoundly touched their lives,” said Tyson. “And in many cases, ‘StarTalk’ provides a comfortable space for pop culture icons to lay bare an inner geek that you never knew they had.”

Added Tim Pastore, National Geographic’s President of Original Programming and Production: “We believe in the power of science and embracing curiosity. ‘StarTalk’ and Neil deGrasse Tyson not only make science accessible, but they make science fun and relevant, and we look forward to another engaging season.”