personal reflections

SETI's Are We Alone?


SETI Institute's Are We Alone interview about NOVA Origins and what it's like to run the Hayden Planetarium.

Living On Earth: Reach for the Stars

Living On Earth

Interview on why and how Neil deGrasse Tyson became an astrophysicist and why he continues to marvel about the wonders of the universe.

Conversation About Our Origins


A conversation about the origins of the universe, life on Earth and in the cosmos, and a few of the astrophysical challenges confronting scientists today.

The Leonard Lopate Show: Survival Kit


If you were stranded on a desert island, what ten things do you want with you?

Sunset on the World Trade Center

Sunset on the World Trade Center

Reflections on the World Trade Center.

The Worst of Times, The Best of Times

Follow-up correspondence to family and friends giving an update on the family's psychological state and the living conditions in Lower Manhattan.

The Horror, The Horror

First-hand account of the WTC attacks and subsequent evacuation from Lower Manhattan residence. A heavily forwarded e-mail that became the subject of an article in the Wall Street Journal a week later on the widespread use of the web to communicate the tragic news of the day.

World Trade Center 2001 & 2002

World Trade Center

Assorted camcorder frames and other stills of the World Trade Center, taken within blocks of my home in lower Manhattan, itself four blocks from Ground Zero. © Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Sky Is Not the Limit

The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The captivating story of a boy from the Bronx who grew up to be America's most prominent astrophysicist.

Keynote Address: The 1998 Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching

The keynote speech at the 1998 Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching, where Dr. Tyson reflects on his own experiences in school.

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