A live show from the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI featuring Comedy Central's Drunk History creator Derek Waters, and then the
UW-Milwaukee professor who discovered an Earth-sized 'diamond' in space, David Kaplan. And of course there'll be your weekly fix of All the News That Isn't, Thanks For the Memos and two hilarious rounds of the Whad'Ya Know? Quiz!
A visiting professor to UW-Milwaukee, David Kaplan works on observations of compact objects (mainly neutron stars and white dwarfs), making precision measurements to help understand their basic properties and evolution. Kaplan also works towards using existing and new radio arrays for studies of the time-domain sky.
In chatting with Michael, Kaplan details his recent discovery of the coldest white dwarf star, that some call an Earth sized diamond. Kaplan discusses the perks of being an astrophysicist, how they see the diamond without actually seeing it and how the science referee called him on his 'general relativity.'
Derek Waters is the creator of Drunk History, which began as a series of online shorts that garnered millions of views on YouTube and Funny or Die. Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln, starring Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won the award for Best American Short. As an actor, Waters' credits include the Farrelly Brothers' comedy Hall Pass, a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory, and guest starring roles on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Middle.
Michael and Derek chat soberly about history, memory and the inebriated collision of the two.