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Carl Sagan's Influence on Bill Nye

How Bill Nye's Astronomy Teacher, Carl Sagan, Changed His World

You may have noticed there's a bit of a science renaissance currently happening in pop culture. Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken over our Sunday-night TV, Gravity was the star of the Academy Awards, and funnyman Craig Ferguson will soon host a show about the "lighter side" of science. Arguably, the first wave of science-as-entertainment came over 30 years ago when astrophysicist Carl Sagan took to American television in Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, with which he inspired not just viewers at home, but also the next generation of science evangelists.

In the clip from the PBS web series The Secret Life of Scientists, which is currently celebrating all thing Carl with Saganpalooza, watch as Science Guy Bill Nye talks about how his astronomy professor, the one and only Sagan, influenced his approach to the Bill Nye, the Science Guy TV show.

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