A brief Huffington Post entry caught my eye earlier this week; it was talking about the man HuffPo blogger Gregg Easterbrook calls the “greatest living American”. No, he wasn’t talking about Stephen Colbert, he was talking about Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and most recently, the winner of the Congressional Gold Medal. Today’s Channel 8 (Dallas-Fort Worth) noted in passing that Mr. Borlaug has been invited to appear on The Colbert Report (no word on whether he’s accepted the invitation).
I, for one, would very much like to see Mr. Borlaug appear on The Report. I know all too little about him (the first time I recall hearing his name was on an early episode of The West Wing, and I went to his alma mater!), and I’d love to see what Stephen would have to say to him.
Stephen obviously enjoys interviewing scientists; in my opinion, those interviews have been among many of his best. Here is a sampling of some of them:
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Pluto, pt. 1 – Dr. deGrasse Tyson helps Stephen take down the three new planets.
- Pluto, pt. 2 – Dr. deGrasse Tyson helps Stephen take down the three new planets.
- Craig Venter – Dr. Craig Venter explains that he can do a better job with genetics than God because he uses a computer.
- Michael Gershon – Dr. Michael Gershon tells Stephen there’s a brain in the gut that is just as powerful.
- Jared Diamond – Dr. Jared Diamond tells Stephen we have about another 50 years to go.
- Richard Dawkins
And these are two of my favorites, whether we’re talking about scientists, or just guests in general:
- Janna Levin
- Part 1 – Stephen asks Dr. Janna Levin if being a theoretical physicist is like studying unicorn husbandry.
- Part 2 – Stephen and Dr. Janna Levin chat about the Theory of Everything.
- Part 3 – Stephen asks Dr. Janna Levin if he could be a Turing machine.
- Peter Agre
- Part 1 – Stephen flips Dr. Peter Agre’s Nobel Prize to settle the science-religion debate.
- Part 2 – Stephen offers Nobel Prize winner Dr. Peter Agre a trade.