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Esports, with NicoThePico

48:42 | Feb 6th

We dive into the expanding world of Esports as hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly get the science behind the screen from Nicholas "NicoThePico" Korsgård, head coach of “League of Legends” pro team PostFinance Helix, and neuroscientist Heather Berlin....Show More
The Science of Thoroughbred Racing

46:17 | Apr 24th

What does it take to win the Kentucky Derby? Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore thoroughbred genetics and the ins and outs of horse racing with Dr. Stephen Harrison from Thoroughbred Genetics and former champion steeplechase jockey Sean Clanc...Show More
Women’s Boxing, with World Champion Alicia Ashley

50:00 | Apr 10th

What does it take to be World Champion? How can women’s boxing gain more popularity? Can you be a fighter and a trainer? Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly step into the ring with World Champion Alicia Ashley, astrophysicist and boxer Federica Bianco...Show More
Breaking Down Baseball Barriers, with Meredith Wills and Justine Siegal

50:00 | Mar 27th

Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice investigate “HomerGate” with baseball data scientist and astrophysicist Meredith Wills, and find out what it takes to be a groundbreaker in sports from Justine Siegal, the first female coach in the MLB. Don’t mi...Show More
NASCAR vs Formula 1

50:00 | Mar 13th

NASCAR or Formula 1? Which one do you choose? Our hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly sit down with science communicator Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, PhD, to try and determine who takes the checkered flag.  Don’t miss an episode of Playing with Science...Show More
Wrestling with Physics, with Neil deGrasse Tyson

50:00 | Feb 27th

What’s the best wrestling move? Can you wrestle in zero gravity? Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice hit the mats as we sit down with astrophysicist and wrestling expert Neil deGrasse Tyson to answer fan-submitted questions about the science of wrestl...Show More
Ironman Triathlon, with Mark Allen

50:00 | Feb 20th

Swim… Bike… Run… Science! Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice enter the world of endurance as we explore Ironman Triathlons alongside Mark Allen, voted ESPN’s Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time, and exercise scientist Samuele Marcora.  Don’t m...Show More
SEASON PREMIERE: 2019 Big Game Special, with Neil deGrasse Tyson

49:51 | Jan 30th

Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly kick off Season 4 of Playing with Science covering the science and spectacle of the Big Game. Featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, sports physicist John Eric Goff, sports economist Victor Matheson, and former NY Giants WR and S...Show More
Sports Injuries and Recovery

49:20 | Dec 12th, 2018

Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice investigate the world of sports injuries and the future of recovery science alongside New York Mets and New York Rangers physician Dr. Joshua Dines and sports psychologist Dr. Jim Taylor.  Don’t miss an episode ...Show More
Moneyball 2.0 – Soccer Edition

49:59 | Dec 5th, 2018

Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice enter the world of big-data analytics and its rising influence on the game of soccer on the world stage alongside Dan Altman from North Yard Analytics and Howard Hamilton from Soccermetrics. Don’t miss an episod...Show More
Ultra-Running, with Ann Trason & Dr. Ultra

49:59 | Nov 28th, 2018

Do you have what it takes to run 50,100, or 200 miles? Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore ultra-running and ultramarathons with runner Ann Trason and Shawn Bearden, a.k.a. Dr. Ultra. Don’t miss an episode of Playing with Science. Please s...Show More
Tiger vs Phil – 18 Holes, $9 Mil

36:31 | Nov 21st, 2018

Tiger Woods. Phil Mickelson. 18 Holes. 9 million dollars. Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly sit down with neuroscientist Heather Berlin and sports physicist John Eric Goff to breakdown the science, both physical and mental, behind this epic match-up...Show More
Extreme Flying – Red Bull Air Race, with Kirby Chambliss

49:58 | Nov 14th, 2018

Hop in, buckle up, and earn your wings alongside hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice as they explore Red Bull Air Racing with Technical Director Jim “Jimbo” Reed, and pilot and 2-time World Champion Kirby Chambliss. Don’t miss an episode of Playin...Show More
The Sweet Science of Boxing, with Sugar Ray Leonard

46:18 | Nov 7th, 2018

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice enter the ring with legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and neurologist and ringside physician Dr. Anthony Alessi as we investigate the sweet, sweet science of boxing. Ding, D...Show More
Mental Health in Sports, with Royce White

49:59 | Oct 31st, 2018

Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore the state of mental health in sports, with former NBA player and mental health advocate Royce White, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, and the co-founder of Canada’s first Centre for Mental Health and Sport, Kr...Show More
Ask a Sports Engineer, with David James

43:24 | Oct 24th, 2018

Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice answer your questions and investigate the collision of sports, technology, and engineering alongside David James, sports engineer and Director of The Center for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University. ...Show More
Juiced Balls, Broken Bats & Record Breakers, with Shawn Green

49:49 | Oct 17th, 2018

With the MLB Playoffs in full swing and the World Series next week – Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore the science of baseball with physicist Alan Nathan, James Sherwood, Director at the Baseball Research Center, and baseball great Shawn Green. ...Show More
Gender in Sports, with Joanna Harper

51:55 | Oct 10th, 2018

Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly sit down with neuroscientist Heather Berlin and Joanna Harper, medical physicist and transgender endurance athlete, to investigate the complexities of gender and its role in sports. Don’t miss an episode of Play...Show More
Conquering Mountains, with Vanessa O’Brien

49:59 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Explore the world of mountaineering as hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly take a mental expedition to the world’s highest peaks alongside world-record breaking mountain climber Vanessa O’Brien and mountain guide and physician Alan Oram, D.O.  Don...Show More
Cosmic Queries: Sports Physics Trivia, with Charles Liu

49:58 | Sep 26th, 2018

Football on Mars, tricky cricket physics, curving curling rocks, and more – Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice sit down with astrophysicist Charles Liu to answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries that span across the sporting world. Don’t miss an epis...Show More
Golf’s 2018 Ryder Cup: Physics & Psychology at the Albatros

42:56 | Sep 19th, 2018

Are you ready for the 2018 Ryder Cup? Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly prepare for golf’s most exciting, and most intense, tournament alongside sports physicist John Eric Goff and performance psychologist Gregg Steinberg. Don’t miss an episode ...Show More
Protecting Your Dome: Concussions & Helmet Technology

54:05 | Sep 12th, 2018

Discover more about the latest in concussion research and helmet technology with hosts Gary O’Reilly, Chuck Nice, Dr. Samuel Browd, Co-Founder of VICIS, Richard Brandt, PhD, CEO of Sports Science, and Dr. Roger Härtl, neurosurgeon for the New York Gi...Show More
The Tennis Brain: Strategy, Analytics, Mental Game

54:03 | Sep 5th, 2018

Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly investigate tennis brain and the strategy, analytics, and neuroscience that make it work alongside tennis strategy analyst Craig O’Shannessy, sport psychologist Leslie Sherlin, and professional tennis coach Sarah St...Show More
The Psychology of Extreme Sports (Repeat)

47:10 | Aug 29th, 2018

Go to the extremes with hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly as they investigate the psychology of the extreme sports athlete with adventure journalist Jim Clash, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, and extreme sport psychologist Eric Brymer.  Don’t mis...Show More
Planet NASCAR, with Neil deGrasse Tyson (Repeat)

49:55 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Is Planet NASCAR governed by the same laws of physics as the rest of Planet Earth? Get ready to roar down the track - left turns only - as hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice re-visit Planet NASCAR alongside our resident astrophysicist Neil deGrasse T...Show More
Physics on Wheels, with Dr. Skateboard & Othello Clark (Repeat)

39:27 | Aug 15th, 2018

Ollies, half-pipes, and Chuck’s skateboarding youth – Rediscover the physics of skateboarding with Gary O’Reilly, Chuck Nice, 2x US Master’s Champion Bill Robertson, PhD, aka Dr. Skateboard, and former pro skateboarder and snowboarder Othello Clark. ...Show More
Surf’s Up – The Big Waves (Repeat)

38:50 | Aug 8th, 2018

Grab your board, apply your sunscreen, and get ready to find the perfect wave – re-visit the science of big wave surfing featuring Chuck Nice, Gary O’Reilly, NASA oceanographer Bill Patzert and pro surfer and the first female Big Wave World Champion,...Show More
The Electrifying World of Formula E

49:59 | Aug 1st, 2018

Race down the track with hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice as they explore the electrifying world of Formula E alongside DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird, adventure journalist Jim Clash, and Williams Advanced Engineering Technical Director Paul McNa...Show More
The Physics of the Tour de France (Repeat)

53:47 | Jul 25th, 2018

Aerodynamics, Newton’s Laws, drafting, power to weight ratio, nutrition, technology and more! Get smarter about the Tour de France with hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly and their guests Lance Armstrong, Neil deGrasse Tyson and sports physicist John...Show More
Swimming Science and USRPT

49:59 | Jul 18th, 2018

Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice dive into the deep end as we explore swimming science and Ultra Short Race Pace Training alongside some of the sport’s insiders – Dr. John Mullen, Dr. Brent Rushall, and coach Peter Andrew.  Don’t miss an episod...Show More
Rugby – Physics and Grit, with Todd Clever

38:26 | Jul 11th, 2018

Scrums, lineouts, and spin passes – Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice take to the turf as we explore the science and grit of rugby alongside Todd Clever, former USA Rugby captain, and Trevor Lipscombe, author of “The Physics of Rugby.” Don’t miss an...Show More
MLB Greatness and Trout 5 Design, with Mike Trout

43:14 | Jul 4th, 2018

Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice find out more about the new Trout 5 baseball cleats, data-driven baseball, and how to be baseball’s best player from MLB superstar Mike Trout and Mike Ekstrom, former MLB player and Nike Product Line Manager for Cle...Show More
Cosmic Queries: FIFA World Cup Edition

46:41 | Jun 27th, 2018

Have you caught the World Cup fever? We’ve got it bad! Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice sit down with physics professor John Eric Goff and answer your fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the football world. Don’t miss an epi...Show More
Playing with Science SoundBite: How to Run American Ninja Warrior’s Warped Wall

01:14 | Jun 25th, 2018

Is there a more scientific way to run the Warped Wall in American Ninja Warrior? Perhaps, but it’s counterintuitive, as Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly find out from ANW hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Ninja Drew Drechsel. If you like this...Show More
Playing with Science SoundBite: Who’s Winning American Ninja Warrior: The Geeks, or the Jocks?

01:55 | Jun 23rd, 2018

Who’s winning American Ninja Warrior, the geeks or the jocks? Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly talk with ANW hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila about the evolution of ANW athletes in relation to the obstacle course. You’ll hear how, as Ninja prepa...Show More
Hole-istic Golf, with Craig Davies and Sean Foley

52:09 | Jun 20th, 2018

The U.S. Open may be over but we’re still on course. Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice chat with Dr. Craig Davies and golf coach Sean Foley about taking the hole-istic approach to golf and the secrets that make the best players great. Don’t miss an ...Show More
Extended Classic: Planet Soccer, with Neil deGrasse Tyson

1:03:52 | Jun 13th, 2018

Re-visit Planet Soccer as we gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Chuck Nice, Gary O’Reilly, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and former NY Cosmos assistant coach and MLS All-Star Alecko Eskandarian. Now extended with physicist John Eric Goff telling us all ...Show More
Motorsports – Physics & Technology, with Will Buxton & Mario Andretti

51:34 | Jun 6th, 2018

Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly race down the track, hairpin through the corner, and kick it into high gear as we explore the science-filled spectacle of auto racing with F1 journalist Will Buxton, physics professor Richard Bower, adventure journalist J...Show More
Motorcycle Racing: Physics on Two Wheels

42:14 | May 30th, 2018

We kick it into top gear as hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore the physics of motorcycle racing, riding, and assembly alongside adventure journalist Jim Clash and physics professor and motorcycle aficionado Charles Falco. Don’t miss an episod...Show More
Playing with Science SoundBite: Monaco Grand Prix

02:20 | May 27th, 2018

Three, two, one...Lights out! F1 journalist Will Buxton gets us ready for the #MonacoGrandPrix by celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's 1988 record-breaking lap in qualifying and giving us the low-down on what makes Monaco the best race ...Show More
American Ninja Warrior: Science, Skills, and Strategy

43:52 | May 23rd, 2018

Enter the wild, high-flying world of American Ninja Warrior with hosts Gary O’Reilly, Chuck Nice, ANW hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, Ninjas Drew Drechsel, Najee Richardson, and Joe Moravsky, and executive producer Anthony Storm. Don’t mis...Show More
Baseball Physics Mashup, with Ron Darling, Geoff Blum, and J.P. Arencibia

37:07 | May 16th, 2018

Home runs, World Series winners, pitching physics, and more – enjoy our baseball mashup featuring hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly, astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Charles Liu, physicist Alan Nathan, Holden Kushner, and former MLB greats Ro...Show More
Basketball Shoe Technology, with Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Ray Allen, and Rasheed Wallace

52:20 | May 9th, 2018

Lace ‘em up! Explore the past, present, and future of basketball shoe technology with hosts Chuck Nice, Gary O’Reilly, NBA legends Julius “Dr. J.” Erving, Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace, and Converse’s Jon Garon. Don’t miss an episode of Playing with Sci...Show More
NBA – Evolution of the Game, with Julius Erving, Rasheed Wallace, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

42:25 | May 2nd, 2018

Investigate the evolution of the NBA with Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice in the first of our two part mini-series featuring NBA greats Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Rasheed Wallace, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and our own Neil deGrasse Tyson. Don’t miss an episode o...Show More
Playing with Science at BAM, with Sasha Cohen & Neil deGrasse Tyson

45:10 | Apr 25th, 2018

We’re taking to the ice as we explore the physics of figure skating with host Chuck Nice, Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen, neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin, and resident astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Record live as a part of “StarTalk at BAM: Sci...Show More
2018 Soccer Tech: Beyond Sports & Telstar 18

50:01 | Apr 18th, 2018

We look to the future of soccer and prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as we investigate Beyond Sports VR technology and the new Adidas Telstar 18 with hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice, and guests Beyond Sports CEO Jeffrey Saunders and physicist J...Show More
Breaking the Rules–The Physics & Psychology of Cheating

50:00 | Apr 11th, 2018

You can break the rules of the game, but you can’t break the rules of physics. On this episode of Playing with Science, hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly investigate the physics and psychology of cheating, with physicist John Eric Goff and sport psy...Show More
The Psychology of Extreme Sports

40:41 | Apr 4th, 2018

We’re taking you to the extreme! Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly investigate the psychology of the extreme sports athlete with adventure journalist Jim Clash, neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin, and extreme sport psychologist Dr. Eric Brymer. Don’t...Show More
NCAA – March Madness, Money, and Minds

50:00 | Mar 28th, 2018

Investigate the money, minds, and madness of the NCAA with hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice. Featuring bracketologist Chris Dobbertean, author Andrew Zimbalist, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, and sport psychologist Leah Lagos. Don’t miss an episode...Show More
Brain Training – Neuropriming & VR Technology

47:10 | Mar 21st, 2018

On this episode of Playing with Science we’re getting in your head. Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice investigate neuropriming and VR technology training in sports with Brett Wingeier, co-founder of Halo Neuroscience, and Michael Casale, Chief Scien...Show More
March Madness 2018: Bracketology

50:00 | Mar 14th, 2018

Can you sense that? It’s the madness descending upon us once more. It’s time for the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball tournament, a.k.a. March Madness. Join in as we gear up for the games with hosts Gary O’Reilly, Chuck Nice, and bracketologist Chris...Show More
Winter Paralympics, with Medalists Mike Shea and Taylor Lipsett

43:03 | Mar 7th, 2018

Get ready for the 2018 Winter Paralympics as hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice chat with Olympic Medalists Mike Shea, Taylor Lipsett, and author Walter Thompson about the world of Paralympic athletics. Don’t miss an episode of Playing with Science. ...Show More
Bobsledding, with Olympic Gold Medalists Curt Tomasevicz & Steve Mesler

41:51 | Feb 28th, 2018

Get ready for a wild ride – Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore the dangerous, daring world of bobsledding: the physics, the strategy, and the skill. Featuring Olympic gold medalists Curtis Tomasevicz, Steve Mesler, and astrophysicist Charles ...Show More
Olympic Alpine Skiing, with Erin Mielzynski and Andrew Weibrecht

37:15 | Feb 21st, 2018

We’re going downhill, fast. Hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice descend into the world of Olympic alpine skiing with Olympic skiers Erin Mielzynski (Team Canada) and Andrew Weibrecht (Team USA), physicist John Eric Goff, and Jake Stevens, the US Race ...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Olympic Curling – The Anatomy Of The Push

02:11 | Feb 17th, 2018

How do curlers propel a Curling stone? Listen as Olympic Gold Medalist Brad Gushue explains to Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly how athletes use their legs to get the stone in motion. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure to tune in to the full Pl...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Olympic Curling Stones

02:01 | Feb 17th, 2018

Do Curling teams bring their own stones to the Olympics? Listen as Olympian Nina Roth explains where the stones come from. Plus, she explains to Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly how she adjusts to the different venues she plays in. If you like this StarT...Show More
The Science of Curling, with Olympians Brad Gushue and Nina Roth

43:52 | Feb 14th, 2018

Slide down the ice with Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice as they investigate the surprising science of curling. Featuring author and curler Dean Gemmell, physicist John Eric Goff, 2018 Olympic curler Nina Roth, and 2006 gold medalist Brad Gushue. (Warnin...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: How Snowboarders Use Friction To Their Advantage

02:38 | Feb 11th, 2018

How is friction used to help snowboarders ride? Listen as Dr. Bill Robertson (aka Dr. Skateboard) explains to Chuck Nice, Gary O'Reilly and Othello Clark why snowboarding is one of the only sports that embraces friction. Plus, hear Dr. Skateboard ela...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: The Science of the Quadruple Salchow

03:36 | Feb 11th, 2018

How difficult is a quadruple salchow? Listen as Olympic Medalist Sasha Cohen tells skating analyst Jackie Wong what it takes to pull off a quad. Plus, hear her discuss the science of this impressive figure skating move with hosts Gary O'Reilly and C...Show More
Figure Skating Physics, with Olympic Medalist Sasha Cohen

43:31 | Feb 7th, 2018

The Winter Olympics are here! Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice kick off our series of episodes about Olympic sports with the physics of the most watched event: figure skating. Physicist John Eric Goff is back, along with figure skating analyst Jackie Won...Show More
Season 3 Premiere: Big Game Special, with Neil Tyson and New England Patriot Cameron Fleming

37:38 | Jan 31st, 2018

Are you ready for some football – and Season 3 of Playing with Science? In preparation for Sunday’s big game, Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice talk to Patriots Offensive Tackle Cameron Fleming, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Kevin Krysiak, Wilson’s Director of...Show More
Martial Arts – Fight Like a Physicist (Repeat)

37:44 | Jan 24th, 2018

Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly get schooled on the martial arts by two fighting physicists: Jason Thalken, who has a Black Belt in Hopkido, and Prof. John Eric Goff, who has a Black Belt in Karate. Don’t miss an episode of Playing with Science. Subscri...Show More
Season 1 & 2 Time Capsule

51:55 | Jan 17th, 2018

In our first Playing with Science Time Capsule, Chuck Nice takes us on a tour of your favorite episodes about martial arts, cycling, surfing, basketball and hockey with Gary O’Reilly, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lance Armstrong, John Eric Goff, William Patz...Show More
NFL Fitness and Nutrition (Repeat)

41:55 | Jan 10th, 2018

Chuck and Gary get schooled by the men who optimize player performance for the pros: Glen Tobias of the NY Jets, and Dave Puloka and Wayne Diesel of the Miami Dolphins. Neil Tyson interviews quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and former players John Ursche...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Evolution of the Tennis Racket

03:41 | Jan 8th, 2018

What is all the racket about? Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly hear from Ron Rocchi, the Advanced Innovation Manager at Wilson, all about how Tennis rackets have changed over time. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure to tune in to the full Playi...Show More
How Technology Is Changing Football

56:52 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Find out how helmet sensors, virtual reality, big data and radio controlled tackling dummies are revolutionizing football with hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice. Guests include Neil Tyson, NFL QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens, more...Show More
Extended Classic: The Science of “The Catch”

50:28 | Dec 27th, 2017

Was it skill? Was it science? Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly investigate Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch, with Joe Bevier of Nike, coach Jay Norvell, and physicist John Eric Goff. Now extended with Chuck, Gary and John answering Cosmic Queries abo...Show More
Extended Classic: The Immaculate Reception

1:00:25 | Dec 20th, 2017

Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice turn to physics to unravel the mystery of the Immaculate Reception, the most famous, controversial play in NFL history. With Neil Tyson, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, John Eric Goff, and sports writer Jim Brennan. Now with Chuck, ...Show More
PWS Cosmic Minute: Designing The Basketball Nebula

00:53 | Dec 19th, 2017

What would the "Basketball Nebula" look like? Neil DeGrasse Tyson bounces some ideas off of Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly. If you enjoyed this Cosmic Minute, listen to the full episode of Playing with Science, "Space Jam: Basketball Cosmic Queries, wi...Show More
StarTalk Soundbite: Slam Dunks in Space

02:50 | Dec 19th, 2017

How would shifts in gravity change basketball games on Mars and the moon? As Neil DeGrasse Tyson informs Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly, their impact on slam dunks may surprise you. If you liked this StarTalk Soundbite, listen to the full Playing with ...Show More
StarTalk Soundbite: The Right Hand Rule

03:14 | Dec 19th, 2017

How do soccer players "bend" balls to score a goal? Neil DeGrasse Tyson breaks down the science of the curve with Gary O'Reilly and Chuck Nice. If you enjoyed this clip, listen to the full episode with NY Cosmos Assistant Coach Alecko Eskandarian her...Show More
Planet Soccer: Science and Technology

49:57 | Dec 13th, 2017

This week, former British footballer Gary O’Reilly shows Chuck Nice around his old stomping grounds, the soccer pitch. Helping him investigate the science and tech that’s transforming the game are NY Cosmos Assistant Coach Alecko Eskandarian and astr...Show More
Snowboarding: Shreddin' the Gnar

36:57 | Dec 6th, 2017

The forecast is for snow, and hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice are hitting the slopes for a physics lesson with former pro snowboarder and soap opera star Othello Clark and veteran surfer, snowboarder and skateboard champ Dr. Bill Robertson, aka Dr...Show More
Space Jam: Basketball Cosmic Queries, with Neil deGrasse Tyson

49:18 | Nov 29th, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson joins hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice to answer fan submitted questions about the physics of basketball, Michael Jordan, and the impact of race on athletic performance. (Warning: Adult Language.) Don’t miss an episode of Playin...Show More
Extended Classic: The Art of the Hail Mary

49:59 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Hosts Gary O’Reilly & Chuck Nice dissect the famous “Miracle at Michigan” Hail Mary pass with the man who threw it, Kordell Stewart, and physicist John Eric Goff. Now extended with Chuck, Gary and John answering your Cosmic Queries about physics and ...Show More
World Series Slugfest, with Neil deGrasse Tyson

40:11 | Nov 15th, 2017

The 2017 World Series is the greatest slugfest in the Fall Classic’s history. After 8 different batters hit home runs in a record-setting Game 2, Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice searched for scientific explanations with Neil Tyson and weather expert Wil...Show More
Physics on Wheels, with Dr. Skateboard & Othello Clark

39:27 | Nov 8th, 2017

Chuck Nice takes Gary O’Reilly for a ride down memory lane when he revisits his skateboarding youth with a couple of real pros: 2x US Master’s Champion Dr. Bill Robertson, aka Dr. Skateboard, and former skateboarding and snowboarding pro Othello Clar...Show More
Baseball: The Perfect Game

37:01 | Nov 1st, 2017

There have only been 23 perfect games in baseball’s 140-year history – and only one in the World Series, by Don Larsen in 1956. Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore what it takes to pitch a perfect game, with guests Neil Tyson and Houston Astros anno...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Teaching Baseball Players How to Hit

02:15 | Oct 30th, 2017

What is the key to teaching a baseball player to hit a baseball? Listen to former Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti tell Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly about how he did it with the Dodgers, and how he would do it now. If you like this St...Show More
World Series Throwback Special

42:13 | Oct 25th, 2017

Just in time for the 2017 World Series, Gary and Chuck revisit iconic plays from the Fall Classic. Featuring physicist John Eric Goff, Houston Astros Announcer and 2005 World Series winner Geoff Blum, Lehman College Baseball Coach DJ Price and NY Yan...Show More
Surf's Up - The Big Waves

38:50 | Oct 18th, 2017

Aloha, Dudes! It’s time to shoot the curl when Gary and Chuck dive into the serious science of surfing the big waves. Their guides: California surfer – and NASA oceanographer – Bill Patzert, and, from Maui, pro surfer and the first female Big Wave Wo...Show More
Golf Science, with Geoff Ogilvy and Neil deGrasse Tyson

34:16 | Oct 11th, 2017

Aerodynamics, Doppler radar, laser tracking, and big data! Gary and Chuck find out how science has guided the evolution of golf, from why balls have dimples to how clubs are designed, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and, from the PGA Tour, 3x...Show More
Gymnastics: Leap, Bounce & Balance

37:12 | Oct 4th, 2017

Chuck Nice and Garry O’Reilly vault into the world of competitive gymnastics with the help of two former Olympic gymnasts: Dr. Phil Cheetham, Senior Sport Technologist for the US Olympic Committee, and 2008 Silver Medalist Samantha Peszek. Image Imag...Show More
Baseball: Brain Training

37:48 | Sep 27th, 2017

What happens inside the brain of a great baseball hitter, and can it be taught? Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore the subject with baseball vision trainer Dr. Bill Harrison, neuroscientist Prof. Aaron Seitz, and baseball analyst and former LA Dodg...Show More
Martial Arts – Fight Like a Physicist

37:44 | Sep 20th, 2017

Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly get schooled on the martial arts by two fighting physicists: Jason Thalken, who has a Black Belt in Hopkido, and Prof. John Eric Goff, who has a Black Belt in Karate. Don’t miss an episode of Playing with Science. Subscri...Show More
The Immaculate Reception

47:03 | Sep 13th, 2017

Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice turn to physics to try and solve the mystery of the Immaculate Reception, the most famous – and controversial – play in NFL history. With Neil deGrasse Tyson, NFL QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, physicist John Eric Goff, and sports ...Show More
Cosmic Queries: Tennis Special Edition

49:58 | Sep 6th, 2017

Are you ready for a deep dive into hardcore tennis physics? This week, Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice welcome back sports physicist John Eric Goff to answer fan-submitted questions about tennis, from the silly to the serious. Don’t miss an episode of P...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: How Sleep Affects Athletes

02:32 | Sep 1st, 2017

Why do athletes need a good night sleep? Listen to sports nutritionist Glen Tobias tell Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly about how sleep affects athletes on and off the field. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure to listen to the full Playing Wit...Show More
Tennis: Inside the Royal Game

49:59 | Aug 30th, 2017

Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly serve up some of the surprising science surrounding the sport of tennis, with a little help from astrophysicist Charles Liu, professional tennis player Jared Donaldson, and Ron Rocchi, the Advanced Innovation Manager at W...Show More
NFL Fitness and Nutrition

41:55 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Chuck and Gary get schooled by the men who optimize player performance for the pros: Glen Tobias of the NY Jets, and Dave Puloka and Wayne Diesel of the Miami Dolphins. Neil Tyson interviews quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and former players John Ursche...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: NASCAR Meets NASA

02:15 | Aug 22nd, 2017

What would happen if you powered a racecar with the solid rocket boosters used on the space shuttle? Listen as Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly about why it might not work. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure to listen ...Show More
Baseball TweetTalk, with Neil deGrasse Tyson

49:59 | Aug 16th, 2017

In the latest installment of our fan-fave episodes where hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly invite Neil deGrasse Tyson into the studio to explain the thinking behind his popular, and sometimes controversial, sport tweets, we turn our attention to bas...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: The Longest Golf Drive

01:55 | Aug 11th, 2017

How far can a pro golfer hit a ball? Listen as Dr. Phil Cheetham tells Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly how the longest golf drive record will inevitably be broken and how a ball will go as far as 400 yards! If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure t...Show More
Planet NASCAR, with Neil deGrasse Tyson

49:55 | Aug 9th, 2017

Is Planet NASCAR governed by the same laws of physics as the rest of Planet Earth? You wouldn’t know it from some of the responses to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweets about the sport. Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice bring Neil into the studio to unpack the ...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: The Real Genesis of Moneyball

04:32 | Aug 3rd, 2017

What role does sabermetrics play on the diamond? Listen as New York Mets legend Ron Darling Jr. tells Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly how – and a surprising reason why – Billy Beane (of Moneyball fame)changed the way statistics is a...Show More
Biomechanics of the Perfect Golf Swing

50:08 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice investigate the science that is making golf swings that much sweeter, from biomechanics to cutting edge technology, with sport biomechanist “Dr. Phil” Cheetham and pro golfer Rob Labritz. Don’t miss an episode of Playing ...Show More
Cosmic Minute: Is Lance Armstrong the Best Cyclist?

01:37 | Jul 29th, 2017

"If everyone does it, and you still win, are you still better than everyone else?" Tune in as Lance Armstrong explains to Neil deGrasse Tyson that it takes more than just doping to win the Tour de France. If you like this Cosmic Minute, be sure to li...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Why is Doping Wrong?

02:30 | Jul 29th, 2017

Why is doping wrong? Listen as Dr. Arthur Caplan explains to Gary O'Reilly and Chuck Nice about why doping is cheating. Plus, hear Dr. Caplan also discuss how atheletes might dope in the future. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure to listen ...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: How Athletes Discuss Doping

03:58 | Jul 29th, 2017

How is doping different in football and cycling? Listen as Chuck Nice tells Gary O'Reilly about how differently doping plays out in the two sports. Plus, hear author Michael Shermer discuss Lance Armstrong's handling of his doping punishment. If you ...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: To Dope Or Not To Dope

02:05 | Jul 29th, 2017

What led the majority of professional cyclists to engage in doping? Tune in as Lance Armstrong tells Neil deGrasse Tyson about how competition caused an increase in use of performance-enhancing drugs. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure to l...Show More
Pitching Physics with Ron Darling

52:19 | Jul 26th, 2017

To break down the physics of a pitch, this week Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly welcome former New York Mets starting pitcher and 1986 World Series winner Ron Darling Jr. and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Don’t miss an episode of Playing with Scie...Show More
The Murky World of Doping in Sports

50:01 | Jul 19th, 2017

Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly dive into the widespread world of doping in cycling, football and other sports with the help of Lance Armstrong, Neil deGrasse Tyson, skeptic and author Michael Shermer, psychologist Dr. Tom Hildebrandt and bioethicist Dr...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Why Is It so Hard to Hit a Home Run?

04:51 | Jul 14th, 2017

What is a batter thinking about in the 4/10ths of a second it takes a pitch to reach home plate? Listen as Professor Alan M. Nathan and Chicago White Sox legend Geoff Blum tell Gary O'Reilly and Chuck Nice about why players have a short time to decid...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Lance Armstrong On Drafting

01:48 | Jul 14th, 2017

How does drafting work? Listen as Lance Armstrong tells Neil deGrasse Tyson what the optimal conditions are for drafting in a bicycle race. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure to listen to the full Playing With Science episode "Extended Clas...Show More
Extended Classic: The Physics of the Tour de France

1:07:19 | Jul 12th, 2017

Now updated for the 2017 race: Aerodynamics, Newton’s Laws, drafting, power to weight ratio, nutrition, technology and more! Get smarter about the Tour de France with hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly and their guests Lance Armstrong, Neil deGrasse ...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: The Aerodynamics of Cycling

03:13 | Jul 11th, 2017

How has the aerodyamics of cycling changed over the years? Listen as former cyclist Lance Armstrong tells Neil deGrasse Tyson about how new technology has changed the way cyclists compete in the Tour de France. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: The Cycling Team Leader

02:59 | Jul 11th, 2017

How does a team operate in the Tour de France? Tune in as author John Eric Goff tells Gary O'Reilly and Chuck Nice about the hierarchy of leadership in a Tour de France team. Plus, find out how the team leader is chosen. If you like this StarTalk Sou...Show More
Out of This World Sports, with Neil deGrasse Tyson (Repeat)

58:19 | Jul 5th, 2017

This week, Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore what it would be like if we held the Olympics on Mars, or went ice skating on Europa, or played baseball on the Moon, using Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular tweets that look at sports through the lens of s...Show More
Hockey: Fan Questions and More

1:01:31 | Jun 28th, 2017

Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice are back for Season 2 of Playing with Science! First up: answers to our fan’s questions about the physics of hockey. Feat. Prof. Alain Haché, Neil Tyson, and NHL Nashville Predators Left Wing Colin Wilson. (Warning: Adult...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Baseball Bat Density

04:13 | Jun 27th, 2017

Is wood density an important factor in choosing a baseball bat? Listen as former Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia tells Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly why he chose to use heavy bats in his major league career. Plus, hear Charles Liu talk about ...Show More
Baseball: Physics at the Plate (Repeat)

53:53 | Jun 21st, 2017

During off-season, Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly went to SXSW for a few “exhibition games” with the folks at TuneIn. First up, the science of pitching, hitting, and catching with Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia, astrophysicist Charles Liu and H...Show More
Hockey: Physics on Ice (Part 1) (Repeat)

49:59 | Jun 14th, 2017

Get your skates, grab your stick, and join Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly as they find out why hockey has more science in it than any sport on Earth! With physics professor Alain Haché, Bauer Hockey’s Craig Desjardin, and LA Kings color commentator Dar...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: What it Takes to Kick a Soccer Ball

03:19 | Jun 11th, 2017

How much energy is required to kick a soccer ball really far? Listen as John Eric Goff tells Chuck Nice and Gary O'Reilly how much force players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo use to kick a ball, in this Cosmic Query asked by Adam from Bris...Show More
Game Changer – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Skyhook

35:16 | Jun 8th, 2017

Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore the physics of the legendary Skyhook with the help of Neil deGrasse Tyson and three superstars from the LA Lakers’ “Showtime” dynasty: Jamaal Wilkes, Michael Cooper, and the NBA’s all-time point scorer, Kareem Abd...Show More
Cosmic Queries: The Physics of Soccer

50:31 | Jun 1st, 2017

In this week’s off-season episode of Playing with Science, hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice answer fan-submitted questions about soccer, with a little help on the science of “the beautiful game” from returning fan-favorite physicist John Eric Goff....Show More
Baseball - Home Run Physics

55:35 | May 25th, 2017

Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice learn why it’s so hard to hit one out of the park, Guests: Geoff Blum, the Chicago White Sox legend and announcer for the Houston Astros, and Alan M. Nathan, Professor Emeritus of Physics. Don’t miss an episode of Playing...Show More
Football: Crushing the Combine

53:19 | May 18th, 2017

Get the inside scoop on the NFL Scouting Combine! Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice learn what it takes to turn a hard-up college student into a multi-millionaire in 6 weeks. Guests: Trainer Pete Bommarito and NFL Media Analytics Expert Cynthia Frelund. D...Show More
The Art of the Hail Mary

53:20 | May 11th, 2017

The Hail Mary pass is one of the most exciting plays you’ll ever see in any sport. This week, hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice look at one of the greatest, the “Miracle at Michigan,” with the man who threw it, Kordell Stewart, and physicist John Er...Show More
Slam Dunk Science (Part 2)

34:38 | May 4th, 2017

Our Playing with Science TuneIn party at the SXSW festival concludes with hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly exploring what makes an NBA superstar, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, NBA All-Star Caron Butler, and actor Michael Rapaport, the co...Show More
Slam Dunk Science (Part 1)

38:59 | Apr 27th, 2017

Playing with Science hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly are talking roundball from the TuneIn stage at SXSW with former NBA All-Star Caron Butler, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and actor Michael Rapaport, the co-host of Two-Man-Weave on TuneIn....Show More
Baseball: Physics at the Plate

53:53 | Apr 20th, 2017

During off-season, Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly went to SXSW for a few “exhibition games” with the folks at TuneIn. First up, the science of pitching, hitting, and catching with Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia, astrophysicist Charles Liu and H...Show More
Hockey: Physics on Ice (Part 2)

51:44 | Apr 1st, 2017

Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore the slippery science and skate technology that leads to speed – and collisions – in the world’s fastest, toughest team sport. With physicist Alain Haché, Bauer Hockey’s Craig Desjardin, NY Riveters captain Ashley ...Show More
Cosmic Minute: You Can't Throw a Curveball on The Moon

01:06 | Mar 31st, 2017

Why can't you throw a curveball on the moon? Hear Neil deGrasse Tyson explain the the physics of this pitch on the moon (or for that matter, bending a soccer kick like Beckham) to Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly. If you like this Cosmic Minute, be sure ...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: Teamwork on the Tour de France, with Lance Armstrong and Neil Tyson

02:11 | Mar 31st, 2017

What role does teamwork play in bicycling? Listen as Lance Armstrong tells Neil deGrasse Tyson how teamwork helped him win the Tour de France 7 times. If you like this StarTalk SoundBite, be sure to check out the full Playing With Science episode "Th...Show More
Hockey: Physics on Ice (Part 1)

49:59 | Mar 27th, 2017

Get your skates, grab your stick, and join Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly as they find out why hockey has more science in it than any sport on Earth! With physics professor Alain Haché, Bauer Hockey’s Craig Desjardin, and LA Kings color commentator Dar...Show More
March Madness!

50:00 | Mar 19th, 2017

It’s time for the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament, aka March Madness. To make sense of it all, hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly welcome bracketologist Chris Dobbertean, and Prof. Alan Zaremba, author of “The Madness of March: Bonding and Bett...Show More
Out of This World Sports, with Neil deGrasse Tyson

58:19 | Mar 12th, 2017

This week, Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore what it would be like if we held the Olympics on Mars, or went ice skating on Europa, or played baseball on the Moon, using Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular tweets that look at sports through the lens of s...Show More
How Technology Is Changing Football

56:52 | Mar 6th, 2017

Find out how helmet sensors, virtual reality, big data and radio controlled tackling dummies are revolutionizing football with hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice. Guests include Neil Tyson, NY Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens, ...Show More
Soccer: The Art of Goalkeeping, with Hope Solo

37:36 | Feb 27th, 2017

GOOOAAALLL! Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice look at the science behind the most underrated position in the world’s most popular sport. With Neil Tyson, 2-time Olympic gold medal goalkeeper Hope Solo, athletic trainer Christine Friel, and astrophysicist ...Show More
StarTalk SoundBite: What Makes a Great Wide Receiver

02:42 | Feb 21st, 2017

What are some qualities of a great wide receiver? Tune in as former Arizona State University wide receiver coach and current University of Nevada head coach Jay Norvell talks about how today there are all different types of wide receivers in football...Show More
Basketball – Inside the 3-Point Shot

45:40 | Feb 19th, 2017

Has Steph Curry “broken the game” of basketball? Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice explore the physics of the 3-point shot, and Curry’s impact on the game, with physicist John Fontanella, Columbia University Lions Head Coach Jim Engles, and James L. Matte...Show More
The Physics of the Tour de France

53:47 | Feb 13th, 2017

Aerodynamics, Newton’s Laws, drafting, power to weight ratio, nutrition, technology and more! Get smarter about the Tour de France with hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly and their guests Lance Armstrong, Neil deGrasse Tyson and John Eric Goff. NOTE:...Show More
Playing with Science – The Science of “The Catch”

51:58 | Feb 6th, 2017

Was it skill? Was it science? Or was it maybe just a little bit of both? Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly take a closer look at what may be the greatest catch in NFL history, Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch, with their guests: Joe Bevier of Ni...Show More
Playing with Science – The Big Game

51:28 | Jan 30th, 2017

SERIES PREMIERE: Hosts Gary O’Reilly & Chuck Nice are huddled up for Sunday’s big game with Super Bowl champs Osi Umenyiora (NY Giants) & Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh Steelers), astrophysicists Charles Liu & Neil deGrasse Tyson, & comic James L. Matte...Show More
Welcome to Playing with Science

04:48 | Jan 21st, 2017

StarTalk and Stitcher present our new podcast, “Playing with Science,” where we explore the science behind some of the most iconic, memorable moments in sports. Our new show is hosted by professional British soccer player and sports broadcaster Gary ...Show More