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This edition: Episode #101: "Birdman," "Interstellar" & "The Theory of Everything"

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 5, 2015.

First aired: February 20, 2015.

Hallucinations and black holes vie for the 2015 Oscar. Co-hosts Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin are joined by AMNH astrophysicist Dr. Emily Rice for a look at the science in three of the top films of the year, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, and Interstellar.

Science Goes to the Movies is made possible by generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Guest List

Dr. Emily L. Rice, Ph.D. Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History Hayden Planetarium; College of Staten Island/CUNY

Web Extras

Visualizing a Black Hole

Guest Emily L. Rice explains how physicist Kip Thorne helped create visuals of black holes.

Hallucinating is Common?

The hosts discuss how common it is to hallucinate, as per author-neurologist Oliver Sacks.

Depictions of Women in Science

Emily L. Rice discusses the lack of women in popular science, except in Big Bang Theory.

What Doppelgangers Show Us

The hosts break down the neuroscience of doppelgangers and their history in literature.