Saturday, January 6, 2018

Episode 85 - Beyond Flags and Footprints



Recorded: 5 January 2018
Released: 6 January 2018
Duration: 97 minutes, 44 seconds

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Erratum: the 2017 Federal Budget is 4.1 Trillion dollars.

Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Adam Smith, Nick Nielsen, Patrick Festa, and Buck Field to talk about the human return to the moon. It seems to boil down to: yes,, but who's going to pay for it? Maybe the Chinese? Maybe American or Asian billionaires? Somehow this drifts into discussion of flat Earthers and joke cults.

 

Links

Artist's conception of lunar colony
Deep Space Gateway
Space Launch System
SpaceIL

Thiel: Google has $50B, doesn't innovate  or the longer version: 2012 - Eric Schmidt and Peter Thiel - Debate
The Largest Companies by Market Cap
"There is a tide in the affairs of men."
Lava tubes as hidden sites for future human habitats on the Moon and Mars
Lunar lava tube
Budget of NASA

5 Whys
A Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracy
Ross and Carrie Traverse Flat Earth
Ross and Carrie Go Raelian
Church of the Subgenius
North Texas Church of Freethought

 

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

Hardware: Shure, ProArt, Focusrite, Apple, Audio Technica,Tascam
Postproduction: Auphonic Desktop Application
Hosting: Libsyn

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Episode 84 - Will Religious Aliens Serve Man?



Recorded: 8 December 2017
Released: 9 December 2017
Duration: 97 minutes, 32 seconds

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GJ 273B in Aladin
Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Nick Nielsen, Sam Lichtenstein, and Patrick Festa to talk about
the possible consequences of Active SETI, or METI. Of course, the discussion veers off into religion and just how tasty man flesh is.

Links:

Interview with METI.org president Douglas Vakoch
James Benford: Whispering at the Stars
SETI, METI, and Existential Risk
Daniela DePaulis talks about Project Cognos.

Pascal Boyer
John Romer: Testament
Evolutionary Psychology of Religion

The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man (video)
Fred Saberhagen's Beserker
Ferengi
Andy Weir talks economics
The Star Trek Ferengi
Douglas Adams' Planet Krikkit

The Wow! Signal's Towel Day episode on Douglas Adams.

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license




Saturday, November 18, 2017

Unseen Pub #7

We had Unseen Pub #7 on the 17th of November 2017. Participants were Marsha Barnhart, Patrick Festa, Nick Nielsen, and Paul Carr. As usual, the topics ranged widely. Or wildly.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Episode 83 - Mind Legos: the Burger King James Version



Recorded: 10 November 2017
Released: 11 November 2017
Duration: 92 minutes, 12 seconds

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One of Caleb Carr's many lego creations

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists (King) James Garrison, Nick Nielsen (Benevolent Dictator of the Planet Entire), and (King of the Universe) Patrick Festa for a wide ranging conversation about education. Some of those Lego jokes fall a bit flat..
What would you do about education if you were Benevolent Dictator? Or Andrew Carnegie?

Links

Thomas Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
What's Your Problem with Higher Education?
Primitive Technology YouTube Channel
LEGO Women of NASA Kit
James Burke BBC Connections
Juvenile violent crime arrest rates
Chad Davies' Scientific Odyssey Podcast
Nick Nielsen: Was anyone 1000 years ago as smart as someone with average intelligence today?

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky
Platform: Google Hangouts on Air
Hardware: Shure, Pro Art, TASCAM, Focusrite, Apple, Plugable, & 1 crappy USB cable
Software: Chrome, Reaper, Loopback, Scarlett Mix Control, Auphonic Leveller, OS X Sierra

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Episode 82 - Legends in Our Own Minds



Recorded: 27 October 2017
Released: 29 October 2017
Duration: 77 minutes 16 seconds

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Host Paul Carr is joined by James Garrison, Nick Nielsen, and Mike Bohler to talk about local urban
The Spencer Oklahoma Purple Church
legends and the forces driving them. Stories like Chicago's Resurrection Mary have been told all around the world for centuries. Also, portals keep popping up in modern narratives, and perhaps have also been with us for a long time.

Our conversation ranges from the Purple Church, to Crop Circles, to the Nazca Lines, to the Anasazi to Scotland's Ring of Brodgar, to Skinwalker Ranch, and much more.

Links:

Spooky Oklahoma Legends
Vanishing Hitchhiker
Ring of Brodgar
Nazca Lines
Circle Makers

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license




Saturday, October 21, 2017

Episode 81 - Another year of WTF with Eva Bodman



Recorded: 20 October 2017
Released: 21 October 2017
Duration: 85 minutes, 36 seconds

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Paul Carr and Adam Smith are joined by NASA Postdoctoral Fellow Eva Bodman (who was recommended to us by Tabby), to talk about developments on Boyajian's Star over the last year. A lot has happened, and we covered as much as we could. We also took a couple of live questions from the YouTube chat, which is much appreciated.


Links

Last years's Episode - 1 Year of WTF
Eva Bodman's Research
Where's The Flux? blog
Tabby's Ted Talk
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed
The KIC8462852 Subreddit and its Wiki
A list of papers on Boyajian's Star and related topics
Bodman and Quillen: Cometary Source for the Strange Behavior of KIC 8462852
Tabby on the Gaia Data Release 1

Forgan and Elvis:  Extrasolar Asteroid Mining as Forensic Evidence for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Duncan Forgan answered questions on ET Asteroid Mining
First interview With Brad Schaefer on the Century Long Dimming and the Second Interview
Interview with Josh Grindlay on DASCH Photometry

Aliens, Perhaps, but Not the Aliens of the Gaps
The Absolute, Definitive Truth About Alien Megastructures

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Episode 80 - We, Martians?

Recorded: 6 October 2017
Released: 10 October 2017
Duration: 80 minutes 12 seconds



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NASA budget as percentage of Federal Budget

Host Paul Carr welcomes Jake Robins of the WeMartians podcast, along with panelists Sam
Lichtenstein, Adam Smith and Nick Nielsen to talk about the current and future state of the human advance upon the fourth stone from the sun.


Links:

WeMartians
WeMartians on Twitter
Pit Crater in Elysium Mons
The Descent Propulsion System

Making Life Multi-Planetary


Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license