Friday, October 14, 2016

Episode 61 - A Year of WTF

Recorded: 14 October 2016
Released: 15 October 2016
Duration:99 minutes, 40 seconds

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Paul Carr and Adam Smith talk about what has happened in the year since the release of the preprint by Boyajian, et. al. describing a very strange "alien megastructure" star. We talk about the work done so far, the controversies, and where we hope things will go in the near future.


The Wow! Signal Podcast
Montet and Simon's Dimming

Where's the Flux?
Planet Hunters
Jason Wright: What Could Be Going on with Boyajian's Star?
Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder
The Most Mysterious Star in the Universe
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, part 3
The Gaia Data Release 1 and Tabby's Star
Sonnenberg Plate photometry in two colors for KIC 8462852

Almost Certainly Wrong

Freeman Dyson: Let's Look for Life in the Outer Solar System


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelist: Adam Smith
Music: DJ Spooky

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Episode 60 - The Big Friendly Rocket to Mars

Recorded: 30 September 2016
Released: 1 October 2016
Duration:93 minutes, 39 seconds

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The Heart of Gold on Its Way to Mars
Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Chris Prophet, Sam Lichtenstein, and Roger Wehbe to talk about
the recent SpaceX announcement of a Mars colonization transportation architecture.  What are the risks, and who will pay for it? Why did they go with an all-chemical approach and no nuclear? Will NASA get on board with Space X?
We apologize for the glitches - these were caused by brief power interruptions in Maryland. Fortunately the team were resilient and we only had to edit a little bit of silence out.

We didn't do our usual recommendations this episode, but they'll be back in Episode 63 in November.


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Our Episode Plan
The Wow! Signal

Elon Musk: Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species
the SP 100
Episode 27 - The Mars One Candidates Respond


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: Chris Prophet, Roger Wehbe, Sam Lichtenstein
Music: DJ Spooky
Electrical Power: PEPCO

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Episode 59 - Big Time

Recorded: 16 September 2016
Released: 17 September 2016
Duration: 87 minutes, 40 seconds

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Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Roger Wehbe, Chris Prophet, David Grigg, and Nick Nielsen to
James Hutton

talk about the very long stretches of time that reality evolves over vs. the the very local perception of time that we humans have. With a bigger concept of time, could we colonize the galaxy? Wht would we? Has someone else already done this, but left us out of the party?


XKCD: Global Temperatures
James Hutton
Globular Clusters as Cradles of Life and Advanced Civilizations
The Wilderness Hypothesis
Wow! Signal Burst 20 with Tabetha Boyajian
The Transcension Hypothesis
Total Fertility Rate


David Grigg: The Hunt for Vulcan
Chris Prophet: Elon Musk at Upcoming Conference
Nick Nielsen: Series of Papers by Jay Olson on Aggressively Expanding Civlizations
Paul Carr: Voices from L5


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: Rober Wehbe, Chris Prophet, David Griff, and Nick Nielsen
Music: DJ Spooky

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Episode 58 - Fusion Powered Killer Robots

Recorded: 2 September 2016
Released: 3 September 2016
Duration: 77 minutes, 12 seconds

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National Ignition Facility
Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Chris Prophet, Sam Lichtenstein, and James Garrison to talk about what's real, what's commercializable, and what's not in nuclear fusion.  Then we turn our attention to the ostensibly grave dangers of AI.


The Unseen Podcast Blog

The National Ignition Facility
Lawrenceville Plasma Physics
The Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Not Even Wrong - Fusion Energy at Lawrenecville Plasma Physics
RationalWiki: Fusion Woo
Eric Lerner: The Big Bang Never Happened


Chris Prophet - Iain Banks
James Garrison - Scott Sigler Generations Trilogy
Sam Lichtenstein - Uluru in Austraila
Paul Carr - Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart: Bongo Fury


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: James Garrison, Chris Prophet, Sam Lichtenstein
Music: DJ Spooky

Monday, August 22, 2016

Episode 57 - How Noble In Reason, How Infinite in Faculty...

Recorded: 19 August 2016
Released: 23 August 2016
Duration:65 minutes

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A quote from Hamlet.
Host David Grigg welcomes Chris Prophet, Patrick Festa, and (eventually) Nick Nielsen to talk about
the future of humanity.

Producer's Note: about 1 minute of content-free technical difficulty was edited out.



Host: David Grigg
Panelists: Chris Prophet, Patrick Festa, Nick Nielsen
Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

Friday, August 12, 2016

Episode 56 - Morgan Rehnberg

Recorded: 12 August 2016
Released: 13 August 2016
Duration: 86 minutes, 20 seconds

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Morgan Rehnberg
Host Paul Carr is joined by planetary scientist and science communicator Morgan Rehnberg. Our panel consists of Adam Smith, Marsha Barnhart, Chris Prophet, and Mateusz Macias. We talk about the weird rings and moon of Saturn, traveling to Mars, and the search for life in the universe - on Mars, Enceladus, Europa, titan, and even Venus.


Morgan Rehnberg
Interview with Ben Montet
Iapetus - Saturn's Ying/Yang Moon
What is the Decadal Survey?

The new Public G+ Community
The G+ Listener's Community


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Special Guest: Morgan Rehnberg
Panel: Adam Smith, Chris Prophet, Marsha Barnhart, and Mateusz Macias
Music: DJ Spooky

Friday, July 15, 2016

Episode 55 - The Summer Hiatus Star-studded Non-Episode

Recorded: 15 July 2016
Released: 16 July 2016
Duration:97 minutes

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It's our Summer hiatus, so we just had a free form conversation hosted by Paul with Mike Mongo, Nick Nielsen, and Patrick Festa. James Garrison was with us in spirit.


George Clinton
George Clinton
Maggot Brain
Maggot Brain Live
Sun Ra
Bernie Worrell
Big Lebowski
Episode 54
Daniela De Paulis
Sarah Jane Pell
Nick Nielsen: The Spoor Of Civilizations
Astronaut instruction Manual
Natalie Cabrol's new paper on SETI

Lev Vygotsky

The Lorentz Transformation
The Michelson Interferometer

The Outer Edge of Star's Habitable Zone is a Hard Place for Life


Nick Nielsen: Rethinking the Snow Line
Paul Carr: Silicon Valley


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: Mike Mongo, Nick Nielsen, Patrick Festa
Music: DJ Spooky
Hardware: Shure, Pro ART, Focusrite, Apple
Software: Loopback, Reaper, OS X Yosemite
Post Production: