05/25/2010 08:49 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rachel Maddow Kicks Off 'Geek Week' (VIDEO)

Rachel Maddow kicked off "Geek Week" Monday by hosting Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Maddow, a former Rhodes Scholar who has been promoting the week's series by describing herself and the show's staff as unabashed geeks, has an agenda of "geeky" subjects on tap for the week including (per an MSNBC announcement):

  • Robert Wallace, a former CIA agent who reveals the secrets of a once-classified CIA manual written by a former magician
  • a tour of the Iwo Jima helicopter carrier in honor of Fleet Week here in New York City
  • a geek-level tour of the massive rebuilding project underway at Ground Zero
  • geek-rapper Baba Brinkman, whose most recent project is "The Rap Guide to Evolution"
  • Infrastructure! - a trip underground with the sandhogs to tour the construction of the Second Avenue subway line, an infrastructure project more than 50 years behind schedule
  • and Dr. Jim Mead of East Tennessee State University, who oversees the largest collection of prehistoric dung in the world

Watch Maddow interview Chu below:

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