StarTalk is a podcast and television series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson beginning in 2009 and 2015, respectively. The show covers topics related to space and science, and their place in popular culture. Bill Nye is a frequent guest host and guests have included Morgan Freeman, Kristen Schaal, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman, Whoopi Goldberg, and many others.
On December 3, 2014, Elmo and NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold were interviewed by StarTalk’s social media coordinator Stacey Severn in conjunction with the Orion Flight Test two days later. Arnold discusses what it takes to be an astronaut, Elmo names his blanket as an item he'd take to the International Space Station, and says that he'd love to go on a mission to Mars.