Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our new short promo

In time for Towel Day - our new short promo makes a little DNA reference. Please share widely. Music by DJ Spooky.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Episode 8 - Humans and their telescopes

Recorded: 22 May2015
The Dawn Probe
Released: 23 May 2015

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Duration: 83 minutes, 14 seconds

Host Paul Carr is joined by Mike Bohler, James Garrison, David Grigg, and Nick Nielsen, in a sprawling conversation about how the human species is exploring the universe around it and where we should go next.


The Dawn Mission
New Horizons
James Webb Space Telescope

Will the Unseen Podcast ever be live?

Maybe. We're still toying with the idea of using Google Hangouts on Air to present a live show. The visual content would not be much - jut talking heads for the most part, but it is a way to go live. Of course, we would continue to post the audio as a podcast. The audience could potentially ask questions, using the hangout Q&A feature.

What do you think?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

One week break

There will be no episode out the 30th of June, as you might expect. Instead, Episode 9 will be recorded on the 5th of June and will come out early on the 6th of June.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Episode 7 - Possible Yes, Probably Maybe, Inevitable, No.

Recorded: 15 May 2015
Released: 16 May 2015

Duration: 74 minutes, 30 seconds

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David Grigg
Host Paul Carr welcomes Science Fiction writer David Grigg, astronaut teacher Mike Mongo, and
Oklahoma Skeptic James Garrison to a stretched out, relaxed conversation about the Fermi paradox, asteroid defense, gene editing and related topics.


The Dark Lighthouse
Purchase David Grigg Story Collections
The Narratorium - free short fiction website run by David Grigg

The Great Filter -  Are We Almost Past It? by Robin Hanson (from 1998).


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panel: James Garrison, David Grigg, Mike Mongo
Music: DJ Spooky
Software: Reaper, Auphonic
Hardware: Zoom H2N (with a dying battery)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Episode 6 - Faster Than Light?

Recorded: 8 May 2015

Released: 9 May 2015

Duration: 94 minutes, 58 seconds

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Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Mike Bohler, Buck Field and Patrick Festa to talk about the possibility of physics breakthroughs that could lead to faster than light travel.

Our apologies: we had some technical problems with the Hangout on Air, but we should have it fixed in the future.


Episode 1 with Physicist Ben Tippett
Irreverent Skeptics
Irreverent Skeptics G+ Community


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: Mike Bohler, Patrick Festa, Buck Field
Music: DJ Spooky
Hardware: Audio Technica, ART Pro Audio, Behringer, Apple
Software: Google, Audacity,Auphonic

Friday, May 1, 2015

Episode 5 - Farms, Galaxies, Same Thing

Recorded: 1 May 2015
Released: 2 May 2015

Duration: 84 minutes, 20 seconds

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NASA's Ellen Stofan
Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists James Garrison, Ciro Villa, and Nick Nielsen. First, we talk about the recent findings of the GHAT team from their mining of the WISE survey, looking for galaxies with anomalously high mid infrared  emission, indicating that most of the free energy in the galaxy was being harvested. This has been in the press a lot lately, and easily misinterpreted. What is a Kardashev level III civilization, and how would we know it?

We also discuss the recent optimistic declaration by NASA Chief scientist Ellen Stofan about the search for microbial life in the solar system, and this leads us to several other topics,  including robot farming and how hard revolutions can be.


The Ĝ Infrared Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations with Large Energy Supplies. III. The Reddest Extended Sources in WISE

Jason Wright - Ĝ Paper III Part VI: Five Anomalous Red Spirals—Signs of Galactoengineering?

Produced and hosted by Paul Carr
Panelists: James Garrison, Nick Nielsen, Ciro Villa
Music: DJ Spooky