It's a hard thing to get right --
As ringmaster, Hardwick -- who also currently hosts
First: "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," Sagan's 1980
There was a certain urgency in Sagan's "Cosmos," born of nuclear proliferation and Cold War jitters, a political and philosophical through line hopefully leading to the point where, by apprehending our smallness in the scheme of things, humans might get some clarity about their own self-destructive self-regard and beat their swords into plowshares. Tyson's version addresses different challenges: fast-creeping medievalism that threatens to sideline science in favor of superstition, and, environmentally speaking, our ongoing tendency to saw off the branch we're sitting on. Listen to the man, people -- he's an astrophysicist.