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Playing with Science

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StarTalk presents our new podcast, “Playing with Science,” where we explore the science behind some of the most iconic, memorable moments in sports. Our new show is hosted by professional British soccer player and sports broadcaster Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice, voted “Fan Favorite StarTalk co-host” for the past two years. Our guests will include top professional athletes, sports experts, coaches, and pundits, and even everyone’s personal astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. In this special “Episode Zero” teaser, you’ll hear Chuck and Gary describe the show, and then you’ll hear a segment from our episode about 1972’s Immaculate Reception, arguably the most famous play in the history of NFL football, where Franco Harris caught a deflected pass by Terry Bradshaw to score a touchdown, win the playoff game, and begin the infamous rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders that persists to this day. The episode features Chuck, Gary, guest physicist Eric Goff, who is the author of “Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports”, sports writer Jim Brennan, Neil deGrasse Tyson and NY Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Welcome to the show, and remember: “Playing with fire gets you burned, “Playing with Science” gets you learned.” New episodes will premiere Wednesday nights at 7 pm ET.
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