Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s “Science Friday,” will appear in Casper a day before the August solar eclipse.
The Science Zone will present Flatow’s keynote talk “Science is Sexy” at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Wheeler Concert Hall at Casper College.
“We’re excited to bring somebody of national and international fame and importance to the Casper stage,” The Science Zone Executive Director Steven Schnell said. “It speaks volumes for the community and we’ve had a lot of interest in tickets.”
Flatow is known for his acclaimed call-in program and podcast, which connects 2 million weekly listeners with scientists for lively discussions, according to his website.
Flatow’s talk in Casper will cover how, contrary to popular belief, the evidence shows that people love science and will consume as much science and technology as possible, according to The Science Zone’s recent announcement.
“Flatow explores how social media, stage, screen, television, podcasts and advertising are helping to satisfy the public’s thirst for science and technology,” the announcement says.
An award-winning science correspondent and TV journalist, Flatow has served as host and writer for the Emmy Award-winning “Newton’s Apple” on PBS and science reporter for CBS This Morning, according to his website. Ira hosts the PBS series “Big Ideas” and has been featured on Oprah, Charlie Rose, CNBC, BBC and CBC. He’s also co-starred twice on the CBS hit series “The Big Bang Theory.”
His most recent awards include the Isaac Asimov Award, and his latest book is “Present At The Future.” The New York Times has called Flatow “one of the most influential communicators of science.”
Casper College physics and astronomy instructor Andrew Young said he’s excited to see Flatow. Science is part of everyone’s life, even in daily activities such as driving a car or using a computer, he said.
“We want somebody to parlay this information to us in an approachable and reasonable manner,” he said. “And Ira Flatow is the man to do that.”
Mixing his passion for science with a tendency to be “a bit of a ham,” Flatow in his biography describes his work as the challenge “to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table.”