On The Verge is ready for a lot of things, but we clearly weren't ready for renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who stopped by to talk space exploration, life as a meme, and why he carries a slightly-illegal laser with him at all times. After we recovered, we talked about what we learned this month: Nilay took a trip to SXSW, Josh visited the new iPad line and tried to steal Greg Packer's seat, and we found out what happens when whiskey meets dubstep. It was something. Full show below, and lots of clips to follow, in case you're a nonlinear sort of sapien.

Oh, and make sure you check out our musical guest Blip Blip Bleep, whose album "Like Track Stars" is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.

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Directed and Produced by: Chad Mumm
Production Manager: Nina Sokoler
Senior Producer: Creighton DeSimone
Segment Producers: Billy Disney, Jordan Oplinger
Editors: Billy Disney, Jordan Oplinger
Executive Producers: Chad Mumm and Joshua Topolsky

Special Guest: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Hosts: Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, Paul Miller
Musical Guest: Blip Blip Bleep

Lighting design: Matt Piercy for Vibrant Design
Makeup: Sasha Grossman

Opening titles: Misha Shyukin

Music: "Freak You Out" and "A Letter To Elise" by Blip Blip Bleep

Filmed at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center