Commonwealth National Podcast

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Author, Death by Black Hole, and Other Cosmic Quandries


People magazine’s "Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive," Tyson will lead a tour of the mysteries of the cosmos, explaining black holes and astral life from the frontiers of astrobiology and examining the friction between science and religion in the context of history.

In 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Committee, which helps guide NASA through its perennial need to fit its vision into its budget. In 2004, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on the "Moon, Mars, and Beyond" commission, which navigated a path by which the new space vision can become a successful part of the American agenda.

In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security. He earned his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.

This program was recorded live on February 9, 2007