Monday, February 9, 2009

Rob on Discovery's Daily Planet for Darwin Day

This Thursday, February 12, 2009, is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, and Discovery Channel Canada is doing a special episode of its nightly science-news program Daily Planet devoted to Darwin Day. The guests are science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer (author of Hominids) and paleontologist Peter Ward (co-author of Rare Earth).

Checking my records I see that it's been -- gak! -- almost four years since I've been on Daily Planet (the last time was Tuesday, April 19, 2005, talking with astronomer Seth Shostak and comedian Elvira Kurt about SETI). But, nonetheless, this is my 37th appearance on Daily Planet (or, as the series was originally known), and my 267th TV appearance to date.

This episode of Daily Planet airs at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday, 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time Friday, and noon Eastern Time Friday, and will also be online and for sale through the iTunes Store. Daily Planet is hosted by Jay Ingram and Ziya Tong.

Here are some pictures from the shoot, which occurred this morning in my home:

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

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At February 10, 2009 7:22 AM , Blogger TimothyPilgrim said...

It's been 4 years because they've really messed with a good show in the meantime. Daily Planet, previously, used to be an excellent daily science news show but they've thrown that away in favour of a popularity show.

The repeated rerunning of segments has been a led to a serious lack of interest on my part nowadays. They also miss some of the biggest news stories in favour of shark-of-the-week. This isn't Jay's fault I don't think, it's the upper management changing and wanting to put their own personal stamp on the show.

But then, perhaps I'm misremembering the good old days. I wish I could find copies of them to relive the 90's.

Regardless, it's good to hear they did indeed get you back on. I'll have to see if I can watch the segment online when its posted.


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