Mar 15, 2020
Ann Druyan is a Peabody and Emmy-award winning writer, producer and director specializing in the communication of science. Druyan served for ten years as the elected Secretary of the Federation of American Scientists and was the Creative Director of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message and Program Director of the first solar sail deep space mission, launched on a Russian ICBM in 2005.
She is perhaps most well-known for co-writing, with her late husband, Carl Sagan, the original 1980s, Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning TV series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” which currently holds the title of the most watched PBS series in television history.
The duo also co-wrote six New York Times best-sellers, including Comet, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, The Demon Haunted World, Billions & Billions and The Varieties of Scientific Experience. Additionally, Druyan was co-creator and co-producer of the Warner Bros. feature film “Contact,” starring Jodie Foster.
On this episode Ann discusses the bold visionaries who advanced science which are revealed in the third season of “Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” and her companion book being published by national geographic.
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