Unlike some mulish counterparts on the religious right, adherents of science have entertaining spokesrationalists such as Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich of WYNC’s Radiolab, former TV host Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Neil deGrasse Tyson to carry the Petri dish. Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of the Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, may be better credentialed than Abumrad, Krulwich, and Nye, but as fans of his free-ranging Startalk Live! radio show and many TV appearances know, he’s still a heckuva entertainer. With comedian Eugene Mirman as his cohost, Tyson’s been taking Startalk to increasingly bigger rooms with bigger named guests to match. Tonight’s edition features environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, a Buddhist heavyweight holding some fairly strong opinions on materialism himself.
Thu., June 5, 7 p.m., 2014