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How can I be a host for PBS's Nova?

Asked by talljasperman (19179 points ) December 6th, 2013

Or a Canadian equivalent? I love physics, chemistry and general science and technology.

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zenvelo's avatar

1. Become well educated (at the doctorate level) in a science and demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the other sciences.

2. Be gregarious and extroverted, a big personality, that gets along well with people.

3. Start doing YouTube videos that demonstrate your knowledge and “on-air” personality so that you become known as an expert, someone that news shows will call when they need an expert.

4. Come up with your own idea for a show, start packaging it and sell to Canadian Broadcast or PBS to fund production.

5. Pray for the TV gods to bless you.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

They also prefer experts that have an unusual look but not too out there.

janbb's avatar

Stop with the grandiose ideas and do something real.

Coloma's avatar

^^^ Well…if you’re gonna dream, dream big! haha

gailcalled's avatar

Here’s the short version of David Pogue’s CV. He is the current host.

“David Welch Pogue (born March 9, 1963) is an American technology writer and TV science presenter. He is a personal technology columnist for the New York Times, an Emmy-winning tech correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, and a columnist for Scientific American.

He is also the host of NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and was the host of the NOVA specials Making Stuff in 2011 and Hunting the Elements in 2012. Pogue has written or co-written seven books in the For Dummies series (including Macintosh computers, magic, opera, and classical music).

In 1999, he launched his own series of computer how-to books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes over 100 titles covering a variety of Macintosh and Windows operating systems and applications. Among the dozens of books Pogue has authored is The World According to Twitter (2009), written in collaboration with around 500,000 of his Twitter followers.

His early education and training are interesting:

“He graduated from Yale University in 1985, summa cum laude with Distinction in Music.He spent ten years working in New York, for a time in the office of Music Theatre International and also intermittently as a Broadway musical conductor. On August 29, 2007 he received an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Music) from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.”

Buttonstc's avatar

It’s also helpful that he has a great sense of humor and is cute as a pixie with his little elfin grin.

Bill Nye (the Science Guy) is also knowledgeable but not half as cute as Pogue :)

talljasperman's avatar

What about starting a YouTube channel? Where can I start with that?

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