Neil deGrasse Tyson: Interviewing the science guy, with a little help from my friends

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Thanks to all those who answered my query on Facebook to supply questions for Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson in advance of his two-night stand at the Saenger Theatre (Nov. 10-11). As you can tell from my feature in the New Orleans Advocate, as well as the “bonus content” of excerpts from the interview I posted earlier, he’s not a dull guy to interview.

So I thought it would also be fun to slap some of the “crowd-sourced” questions up as a podcast interview. As much as the more formal questions, these give the listener a window into the way he thinks — specifically, respectively, on ideas such as mentorship, the concept of time, and being one of the more popular subjects of memes on the Internet today.

Watch: Madison Kerth as Wednesday rehearses “Pulled” for Rivertown Theaters’ “The Addams Family”

Madison Kerth as Wednesday performs "Pulled"

Madison Kerth as Wednesday performs “Pulled”; Christian Collins (Pugsley) is hanging loose at right.

Dropping by Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts on a recent weeknight for a run-through of “The Addams Family” offered an opportunity to catch the cast going through the paces and working on the songlist for the show, naturally. I only had time to catch most of the first half while recording interviews with director Gary Rucker and Trina Beck (Morticia). (Check out the podcast interview with Rucker here.)

(Related: Read the “Addams Family” preview)

It also offered the chance to catch young Madison Kerth perform one of the show’s early numbers, “Pulled,” and while this is obviously a rehearsal (you can hear Rucker piping in directing notes from the back of the auditorium), it nevertheless hints at what could be a really fun performance by Kerth. A senior at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Kerth gets around. She’s already performed in several location productions and earned 2009 Big Easy and Storer Boone nominations for her performance in the title role of a touring production of “Annie.” (Check out her list of performances here.) Not only did she perform with the NOCCA vocal students at this past New Orleans Jazz Fest (watch the video), but she also appeared in a little fashion spread with some of her fellow students this past July in the New Orleans Advocate.

So check out the video below of her rehearsing “Pulled.” For more details on “The Addams Family,” click here.