The Colbert Report

Season 1 Episode 7

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Oct 26, 2005 on Comedy Central
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson
TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes astrophysicist and author of "Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution", Neil DeGrasse Tyson!

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  • Stephen discusses the universe with Dr. Neil deGradde Tyson.

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from a outsourcing to Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

    Stephen starts off by talking about his Wi-Fi networking problems at home. He played back an audio recording from the tech support.

    Stephen then moved into tonight's word, "Perspective". This was all about the 2000 deaths in the war in Iraq. 2000 isn't as high as the number of deaths in most of the other major wars the U.S. has been involved in.

    Returning from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest, Dr. Neil deGradde Tyson. Dr. Tyson tried to explain the Big Bang theory to Stephen, who thinks Intelligent Design is much simpler. Stephen then brings up the fact that Dr. Tyson has decided that Pluto isn't a planet, so he had him try to explain it.

    Back from commercial, Stephen introduces another "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger" segment. Laura Hutton gets a tip of the hat for having the guts to pose nude at her age. She then got a wag of the finger for posing nude at her age. Then a tip of the hat goes to Charlize Theron for her new movie. The next Wag of the finger goes to Mike Wallace, who is promoting his new book on NBC, and not CBS. Stephen shows off his own new book, and proceeds to read a sample from a chapter.

    Stephen ends the show by asking people about things they care about in a new segment, "The Pulse". Stephen was asked several questions, including Stephen's favorite Jay-Z songs.

    Another good show. I really liked the interview, both informative and comical.moreless

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    • Stephen: Strike up the klezmer and start acting like a man. You're about to have a Truth Mitzvah.

    • Stephen: ...which brings us to tonight's Word: Perspective. Now I gotta admit this morning that 2000 number had even me feeling down. Luckily, I turned on Fox and Friends, friendly bunch over there at Fox, and co-host Steve Doocy reminded me about something a lot of us had forgotten. (Video: Doocy: "2000 is a terrible number, but when you look at the historical aspect of how many have lost their lives, look at that. World War I: 116,000, WWII: 405,000, Vietnam: 58,000 and the Gulf War: 382 and so far in Iraq: 2000")
      Stephen: See? Doesn't that make you feel better? (You feel better) Plus, they didn't even throw the Civil War up there, 23,000 soldiers died in one day at Antitem. (Still the high score) And that seemed to be cool with everybody. Why? (Yeah, why?) Because the cause was just. (One of them was) Now of course, if it's an unjustified war, one death is too many, and unfortunately, people have lost sight of why America is making these sacrifices. Thankfully, the shorter, but just as friendly Fox Friend reminded us. (Video: Brian Kilmeade: "Look what's happened in Lebanon the Syrians have pulled out….and the Lebanese people now vote and have a stake in their future. The Palestinians voted and they now have their own section of land in Gaza. And on the other hand, Egypt actually had a vote and somebody actually running against Hosni Mubarak for the first time ever…believe it or not even in Saudi Arabia they might even let women drive soon.")
      Stephen: Saudi women driving!? 2,000? Hell make to 200,000. And hey, if you find a WMD or an Al-Qaida connection, you can go to a cool million. So, this all raises a good question. Female Fox Friend? (Video: E.D. Hill: "I'm not being cavalier about this but I don't understand the significance of this mark versus any other death there…" Doocy: "It's the news media looking for a headline, something to put on the front.")
      Stephen: Exactly! Sensationalist garbage like the Washington Posts "Military has lost 2000 in Iraq" or the spin masters at the New York Times "2000 dead as Iraq tour stretch on: A grim mark" and someone was way too eager to put this one on TV: "Sad Milestone." Spin on, left wing spin machine. And as Steve Doocy points out, the number 2000 is just more hype. (Video: Doocy: "There's one thing about the 2000 number that the Pentagon pointed out yesterday and that 436 of those deaths were non-combat related.")
      Stephen: Non-combat related? That means they're accidents, forget them. Accidents don't count, and you know if the peaceniks in the anti-war machine get their way and this war turns out to be a big mistake, that just means that every death was an accident. And therefore, nobody died. Keep that in perspective. And that's the Word.

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