Point of Inquiry

Center for Inquiry

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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.


Ann Druyan: Telling the Story of the Cosmos

April 7th, 2014

Episode 414 of 570 episodes

This week,Point of Inquiryis delighted towelcome Ann Druyan, co-writer and co-creator of both the originalCosmos: A Personal Voyage, starring her late husband Carl Sagan, as well as the new series,Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. In a wide-ranging discussion, Druyan talks to Josh Zepps about how the firstCosmosseriescame to be, her efforts to translate the majesty of science into relatable and accessible storytelling, and how we've progressed toward making a more reasonable and humane society. We also get a little bit of insight into what it was like to get to know Carl Sagan for the first time. Ann Druyan co-wrote with Sagan the booksComet,Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, and sections ofThe Demon-Haunted World. Their twenty-year professional collaboration also included NASA’sVoyager Interstellar Message(the famous "Golden Record" aboard theVoyagerspacecraft) along with many articles, speeches, and other written works. She is co-founder and CEO of Cosmos Studios, as well as Program Director ofCosmos 1, the first solar sailing spacecraft mission. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odysseypremiered March 9, 2014 simultaneously in the US across ten FOX networks in 125 countries, and on National Geographic networks in 180 countries, making it the largest global launch of a TV series in history.

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