A COSMOS Conversation with Ann Druyan

Photo Credit: Mitchell Cannold.
  • Free Audio
  • Ad-Free Audio

About This Episode

Go behind the scenes of the Emmy® Award-winning science show COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews its creator, writer and executive producer Ann Druyan. They recount the 3-year struggle to get the new COSMOS made while maintaining creative control and finding enough money to produce the show without compromising its integrity. Discover the critical role Seth MacFarlane played in bringing the project to FOX – and his personal offer of $1 million to help finance the pilot. Learn how Ann met future husband Carl Sagan at a 1974 dinner party thrown by her friend Nora Ephron, and how they got to know each other on the Voyager project. As the creative director of Voyager’s Golden Record, Ann talks about her favorite track: her brain waves, recorded 2 days after she and Carl fell in love, translated into sound on the record. Finally, you’ll hear Ann and Neil discuss why COSMOS is so important… and if there might be a third COSMOS series in the future.

NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: A COSMOS Conversation with Ann Druyan.

In This Episode

  • Host

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Guest

    Ann Druyan

    Ann Druyan
    Creator/Writer/Executive Producer of Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey, Co-Writer of Cosmos A Personal Voyage

Get the most out of StarTalk!

Ad-Free Audio Downloads
Ad-Free Video Episodes
Stickers & Mugs
Live Streams with Neil
Priority Cosmic Queries
Early-Access Videos
Learn the Meaning of Life
...and much more

Episode Topics