Blue Dot 189: Possible Worlds -- An Interview With Ann Druyan

Sep 18, 2020

The Ship of The Imagination from Cosmos: Possible Worlds and Producer/Writer/Director Ann Druyan. (Courtesy of FOX Television)

Dave talks to one of his favorite people on the planet, Ann Druyan. As the wife of the late Carl Sagan, Ann has worked tirelessly since his passing in 1996 to foster and carry on his legacy. In 2014, Druyan teamed with Seth McFarlane to produce the sequel to Sagan's classic Cosmos: a Personal Voyage. Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey, received critical acclaim and 4 emmys and spurred the production for a second series Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which airs on FOX TV beginning September 22. 

Once again hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new series is a tour de force with epic special effects and major Hollywood actors like Patrick Stewart and Viggo Mortensen doing voice over for the animated stories of scientific discovery. Ann tells us all about the production of the new series as well as why it's so timely right now as an election looms and science denial is alarmingly in fashion (though certainly NOT on Blue Dot!). 

COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS: Redesigned and equipped with new capabilities, the Ship of the Imagination rises out of the Pacific, ready to take host Neil deGrasse Tyson and a global audience on 13 all-new adventures in spacetime in the "Ladders to the Stars" part one episode of a special two-hour season premiere Tuesday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Cosmos Studios)