Fans of the band 'They Might Be Giants' are likely to be familiar with the band's version of the 1959 Tom Glazer song "Why Does The Sun Shine?" The sun is a mass / of incandescent gas / a gigantic nuclear furnace...
In their album "Here Comes Science," the band revisits that song, and follows it with a new track titled "Why Does the Sun Really Shine?" describing the science of plasma. The album also includes an ode to the elements, descriptions of what blood does in the body, and songs describing the scientific process. In this holiday rebroadcast, John Linell and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants join Ira to discuss the album, and to play some science songs.
Produced by Annette Heist, Senior Producer
Produced by Flora Lichtman, Correspondent and Managing Editor, Video