Kid Expert Xander Rynerson Teaches Alec Baldwin About Science


[APPLAUSE] Oh, my goodness. I’m so excited. I was so excited to meet you! You know, people called me
Xander when I was a child. My name was Xander. Alexander. They called me Xander. And I saw in the clip
before you came out, that you never
finished telling us about the lifecycle of a star. Would you like to
finish that now? I would love to! Please! Go ahead. So, next, after the
red giant stage, it’s a planetary nebula, white
dwarf, then the black dwarf. And that’s it? That’s the conclusion
of the story? Yes. Let’s hear it! [APPLAUSE] I’m here with Xander
Rynerson, the star of the two-part series,
The Lifecycle of a Star. Now, I want you to clear up
something for me, Xander, this is very important. Is Pluto a planet,
or it’s not a planet? Well, it’s not a planet,
but to me, it is. Now, why do you say that? Why is it not a planet
for everybody else, but it’s a planet for you? Because Pluto meets two
criteria out of three. So, it should be a planet. Because it does more
than it does not do. Right. Now, do you want to teach
me something about science? What can we learn about today? Well, I want to learn
about chemistry and– well, chemistry
and periodic table. Chemistry and the
periodic table. OK, let’s talk about
the periodic table. I have some things
here I want to ask you. I’m going to show
you these boards, and I have some
questions for you, and you’re going to answer
three questions about some of these boards. What is this element? Oxygen, number eight. That was my next question–
what’s the number. No, you keep going. And then, say what again? It’s the fuel of life. It’s the fuel of life. You answered all three of
my questions in one answer. You are incredible. What is this element? Helium. It’s number two. Yes! And? Tell me something
about this element. And, helium– and if you breathe
it in it gives you high– [HIGH-PITCHED NOISES] What is this? Thorium. And what’s the number? Number 90. He’s right. And tell me about thorium. It’s used for what? It’s used in
radioactive toothpaste. Now, what is
radioactive toothpaste? Well, it was used in
the 1930s in Germany. Xander, how do you
know all this stuff? They use radioactive
toothpaste because they think it’ll cure cavities. OK, now. We’re going to try this now. I’m going to take
this picture here. We’ve omitted the
periodic table. Don’t want to show him. And I’m going to name a number. And you tell me what
that periodic element is if I give you the number, OK? Yeah. A number from one to 118. Yes. How about 84? Um, Polonium. It is Polonium! [APPLAUSE] I hate to say this, Xander,
but these games with you, it’s like what’s the point? You know all the answers,
there’s no drama. There’s no surprise. OK. Just go on. Keep on going! 49? Indium. Yes! All right, one more, one more. 40? Zirconium. Zirconium is correct! Now, I understand that you’re
interested in chess, of course, and you need a new chess board? Well, it just so happens
that we have here– for you– look at
all those chess toys! I see all the– That’s just for you, buddy! Hey, let’s give it up
for Xander Rynerson! We’ll be right back!

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