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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyiBYlGNUSM)

Lin’s love for hip-hop at least equals his love for theatre. Here we see that love that fuels his references throughout the show as he battles to choose between musicals and hip-hop. 

It’s that very obvious love for hip-hop that pushed him to seek permissions for all of these references in his show. 

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Lin-Manuel Miranda showed up for a talk at the school his nephews attend, because a kid in their class didn’t believe he was actually their uncle. “So am I here to prove him wrong…and the rest is just gravy.”

Here’s the official description from the video the school posted to YouTube:

“On March 7, 2016, Montclair Kimberley Academy hosted, “A Conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda”. The event was part of an annual Lecture Series, hosted by MKA’s Parent Association (PAMKA), with the purpose of opening the school to a broader community with programs featuring individuals of distinction in their field. The conversation with Mr. Miranda was artfully moderated by MKA’s Upper School Dean of Student Life, Dominique Gerard.”

I am trying to convince people - not only the public, but lawmakers and people in power - that investing in the frontier of science, however remote it may seem in its relevance to what you’re doing today, is a way of stockpiling the seed corns of future harvests of this nation.
—  Neil DeGrasse Tyson; During an interview with Stephen Colbert at Montclair Kimberley Academy on 29 January 2010.
Memorize
  • Stephen Colbert: If I have a lot of facts in my head, if I can absorb a lot of facts, am I a scientist?
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: No. No, you’re a fact-memorizer. In fact our academic system rewards people who know a lot of stuff, and generally we call those people smart. But at the end of the day, who do you want: the person who can figure stuff out that they’ve never seen before, or the person who can rattle off a bunch of facts? At the end of the day, I want the person who can figure stuff out.
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Must Watch: An Out-of-Character Stephen Colbert discusses science, society, and the universe with the brilliant, charming, hilarious astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The interview starts a little more than 6 minutes in.

Some of the amazing topics addressed include:

* Why there is something instead of nothing (in ten words or less)

* The ethics of man/animal hybrids

* The “complexity” of evolutionary processes versus the tenets of creationism

* Whether science is a thing, a way to look at the world, or both

* Lab-grown meat

* The plausibility of a Parallel Universes & multiverses

* The importance of promoting science literacy

* The latest discoveries in astrophysics, including Mars farts.

* Pluto

* Dark Matter

* Antimatter

* the Apophis Asteroid 

* Star Trek’s Red Matter

* James Cameron and Titanic’s “accuracy”

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy - 2010-Jan-29 (di teridon)