Carl Sagan on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show
It’s interesting to listen to old shows featuring scientists like Carl Sagan attempting to educate people on the latest science, which included at the time the growing evidence that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a cometary collision. We take this knowledge for granted now, but the history of our understanding of the natural world is often so brief it’s captured on celluloid.
When was the last time any late night prime time TV show had a guest as educated and informative as Carl Sagan? Usually it’s some vapid celebrity and their idiotic life stories I’m supposed to care about. It used to be guys like Carson elevated the discourse. His replacement, a man known more for his obsession with cars than anything else, is still continuing his crusade to entertain senior citizens. It’s not even good background noise anymore.