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Gust: CAP Saucier. Topics: CAP's new book, "Explore The Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson plus biographical information about Dr. Tyson, science education. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcomed CAP Saucier to the program to discuss her new book, "Explore The Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson." For more information about our guest and her work, visit her website, During the first segment of our 1 hour 27 minute program, CAP introduced us to her new book and how she met Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson plus her interviews with him for this book. Note that this book was a five year project in the making. I asked her for a few things that she thought stood out with Neil. One was that he does not have role models. Instead, he has mentors. We spent some time discussing this and the differences between the two. Regarding his mentors, Sir Isaac Newton and his parents stood out and were a the top of the list. During our discussion we went back and forth in talking about Dr. Tyson and the science message in her book which was targeted toward middle school students. Listeners asked our questions about the level of our scientific knowledge and if Dr. Tyson commented on that. He did comment and this proved to be a continuing topic throughout our program. We talked about favorite parts of the book, Neil's favorite planet and CAP being able to see Andromeda through a telescope at Kitt Peake. This is an interesting story, don't miss it. In response to another listener email, CAP said that Neil's priority was defending against incoming asteroids. In the second segment, we started off talking about science education in the U.S. Our guest said we ranked in the lower half in science education among educated countries. This led us to discussing STEM and the newer form, STEAM. The "A" is added for Art. We both talked about the importance of art in addition to the traditional STEM topic. We talked about where we come from in the cosmos, supernovas, and science fact, all in the context of science fact. Note the email question from Adrian on this subject. I asked CAP if we needed to start with better science education in grade school but she said middle school was a good age, around 4th and 5th grade. CAP introduced the topic of evolution and said it needs to be brought back to science education. CAP the spoke to her literary style which has been to tell a story through a biography. In both segments, the subject of the Next Generation Science Standards came up. Our guest had much to say about them. Check ou the website, Toward the end of the show, listener Pauline in Fargo wanted to know if Neil wanted to go to space. Don't miss her answer. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach CAP through her website or me.



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06 Apr 2015 Carol Saucier
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