A Discussion of “The Day After Tomorrow” with Dr. Yanas Kisten

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Seeing The Day After Tomorrow as a youth was probably the first time I was exposed to the idea of climate change. And 17 years later, this film remains one of the only major Hollywood productions to explicitly engage with the topic. For this special episode of Stories for Earth, I chatted with Dr. Yanas Kisten, a scientist and host of the podcast Geekoscopy, about one of our favorite disaster flicks: The Day After Tomorrow, directed by Roland Emmerich.

The official movie poster for The Day After Tomorrow.

Special guest: Dr. Yanas Kisten, host of the Geekoscopy podcast

Photo of Dr. Yanas Kisten, host of the Geekoscopy podcast.

For this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Yanas Kisten, a South African scientist and host of the Geekoscopy podcast, which explores “…the intersection between science, story, and play.” Yanas is a postdoctoral researcher at Nelson Mandela University in Eastern Cape, South Africa and is interested in science communication. He examines the many different ways that geek culture can help science reach a broader audience through his podcast.

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About the creator

Source: Dick Thomas Johnson, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer known for movies like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Independence Day (1996), and The Patriot (2000). Educated at the Munich Film and Television School, Emmerich’s career began with his student film, The Noah’s Ark Principle (1984), opening the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. The film was a success, paving the way for him to make his Hollywood directorial debut with Universal Soldier in 1992. Roland Emmerich lives in Los Angeles where he runs the film and television production company Centropolis Entertainment.

Official website: http://www.centropolis.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rolandemmerich


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