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S2 Ep. 12 - SETI at the SKA

2015-03-07
Length: 52s

Thread(s): SETI

Host: Paul Carr

 

We talk to UC Berkeley’s Andrew P.V Simeon, lead author of a recent paper on what will change about SETI when the Square Kilometer Array comes online

 

Intro Announcement and music (“Dark Skies” by DJ Spooky)

Host intro to show topic

Interview with Andrew P.V. Siemion on SETI at the SKA

Andrew Siemion answers questions on SETI@Home

Host wrapup

Promo for Under the Microscope

Begging, nagging and announcements

Music - “Stratum 3” by Jason Robinson

Outro announcement

The Episode’s Content

Siemion, et. al., Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence with the Square Kilometre Array

The Square Kilometer Array

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Burst 4 - Upper Limits

2015-02-17
Length: 11s

 

Released 17 February 2015

 

Paul Carr talks to Daniel Cartin about his test paper "Upper Limits on the probability of interstellar civilization arising in the local Solar neighborhood" 

Music by Jason Robinson

Daniel Cartin's earlier appearance on the Wow! Signal

 

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Season 2, Ep. 11 - The Noble Ape

2015-02-15
Length: 1s

Release Date: 15 February 2015

Host Tim Jones engages Tom Barbalet in a wide ranging conversation centered around his Artificial Life environment Noble Ape and its applications to space exploration.

Music by DJ Spooky and Erika Lloyd.

Detailed Show Notes

 

Distributed under Creative Commons AttributionShare-Alike license.

 

 

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Season 2 Episode 10 - Let's Go Explore Venus!

2015-01-21
Length: 1s

 

Release Date: 21 January 2015

 

 

Paul Carr talks to astrobiologist David Grinspoon and NASA physicist Geoffrey Landis about the science and technology of Venus exploration.

 

Detailed Show Notes

 

Music by Dj Spooky and George Hrab

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Season 2 Episode 9 - Near and Far

2015-01-13
Length: 57s

Release Date: 14 January 2015

 

Paul Carr and Mike Mongo talk about the near future of the Wow! Signal Podcast and the long term future of humanity. Will we colonize Mars or the Moon? How about starships?

 

Detailed Show Notes

 

Music by DJ Spooky

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Burst 3 - MISS on Mars?

2014-12-19
Length: 14s

Release Date: 20 December 2014

 

Nora Noffke, Associate Professor in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University, tells us about her recent hypothesis paper that argues that certain sedimentary structures seen by the Curiosity rover on Mars could be fossilized microbial mats.

Ancient Sedimentary Structures in the …

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Burst 2 - Through the Lens of the Drake Equation

2014-12-06
Length: 9s

Release Date: 7 December 2014

In this short Wow! Signal Burst, Paul Carr talks us through where we are on the seven terms in the Drake Equation, which more about what we don't know then what we know - so far.

Music: Elbow Grease by Jason Robinson

 

Calculating the Odds of Intelligent Alien Life (video narrated by Jill Tarter)

 

 

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Season 2 Episode 8 - Incoming Asteroid!

2014-12-01
Length: 1s

 

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by James Garrison and Tim Jones. Astronomer JL Galache of the IAU Minor Planet Center and author Duncan Lunan enlighten us about the threat that Near Earth asteroids pose to Earth and what we can do about it.  

 

Music by DJ Spooky, Jason Robinson and Erika Lloyd.

 

Detailed Show Notes with Links

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Burst 1 - The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Preteens

2014-11-29
Length: 10s

In this short Wow! Signal Burst, Mike Mongo, Astronaut Teacher, tells us about his forthcoming book, which has just completed successful crowdfunding. The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Preteens. The book is available for preorder now.

KidAstronaut.com

 

Theme music by Jason Robinson.

 

The Wow! Signal is produced by Dream of the Open Channel and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.

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Season 2 Episode 7 - Actually, Wow!

2014-11-17
Length: 47s

This podcast is named after an event that took place on 15 August 1977 at the Ohio State Big Ear radio astronomy observatory. Astronomr Jerry Ehman noticed a signal that looked exactly like what they were looking for - an ET radio beacon. Was it?

We talk to Dr. Robert S. "Bob" Dixon, who was instrumental in bringing the Big Ear instrument to bear on the SETI problem, in his very first podcast interview.

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Season 2 Episode 6 - The Habitability Lab

2014-11-09
Length: 51s

We talk to planetary scientist and astrobiologist Abel Mendez about waht is presently understood about the habitability of exoplanets, and the habitable exoplanet catalog.

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The Long Delays

2014-10-29
Length: 1s

Is SETA really just local SETI? It makes sense to me, and to Alan Penny, coordinator of the UK SETI REsearch Network. We talk to Dr. Penny about the future of SETI. Then, we talk to another Scottish astronomer Duncan Lunan about the scientific mystery of the Long Delay Echoes. Are the LDEs from a Bracewell Probe?

 

Music by DJ Spooky, Jason Robinson, Erika Lloyd and George Hrab

 

Detailed Show Notes

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Season 2 Episode 4 - Cells, Planets

2014-08-01
Length: 1s

The study of astrobiology projects current scientific knowledge of the living world into the wide universe and asks the questions we all want to ask: where are the best places to search for life in the universe and what should we look for? ARe we searching for exotic microbes, living beings like ourselves, or advanced robots that have taken over from their creators?

In this episode we meet Steven Dick and Betul Kacar, two astrobiologists from different backgrounds who are exploring these questions in different ways.

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entire_conversation_skeptics.mp3

2014-08-01

This is the conversation between Paul Carr and "Eric the Red" previsiouly split into two parts, not provided here in a single part, with no additional edits. This is not an official episode.

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Season 2 Episode 3 - Oblique Strategies

2014-06-24
Length: 1s

Host Mike Mongo talks to futurist librarian Heath Rezabek about preserving humanity's knowledge into the far future. Paul Carr talks to economist and former AI researcher Robin Hanson about a possible future in which huans exist, but aren't very important. Will AI put us all out of a job, and what will that mean to us if so?

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Oh No, Not Again.

2014-05-24
Length: 1s

A special Towel Day episode of the Wow! Signal featuring a roundtable discussion of the work, inspired ideas and philosophical jokes of Douglas Adams. Panelists are Nichols Joll, Jeremy Hunsberger, Ben Brockert, Mike Mongo and Jim Cavera.

Music by Stephen Moore and Eben Brooks

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Season 2 Episode 2 - The Great Voids

2014-05-18
Length: 51s

We talk to Dr. Daniel Cartin about his recent follow up to Geoffrey Landis' percolation framework for understanding the Fermi Paradox. We also talk about the life span of technological civilizations, and how accidental contact could be important to understanding how this life span could increase over time.

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Season 2 Episode 1 - The Golden Age of Exoplanets

2014-03-19
Length: 53s

Season 2, Episode 1

Released 19 March 2014

Exploration for exoplanets with the Kepler telescope and trying to find laser pulses from distant civilizations with planet hunting legend Geoff Marcy. ESA's Ana Heras tells us about the science goals of ESA's proposed PLATO mission.

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Season 1 to Season 2 - meet the new team

2013-11-30
Length: 42s

In this special hiatus episode, we present an edited recording of a hangout the team had on November 24th 2013, in which we discussed ideas for topics and guests in Season 2. It's a chance for listners to meet the new team and get a sense of what's coming up.

The Wow! Signal Podcast team members are: Paul Carr, Jim Cavera, Jude Hollingsworth, Ron Jeffries, and Mike Mongo.

We hope you'll comment here or join our Google+ community.

Links:

Icarus Interstellar

100 Year Starship

The B612 Foundation

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Episode 10- the Serendipity Schema

2013-08-11
Length: 55s

This episode again picks up the thread of Episode 5  - the Search for Extraterrestrial Artifacts, or SETA.  We talk to scientist and space entrepreneur Ben McGee about this paper on Xenoarchaeology,or the search for ancient alien artifacts, and to Dr. H. Paul Shuch about the experimental website Invitation to ETI at ieti.org.

Music by Sleep Research Facility, Curlew and DJ Spooky.

The Wow! Signal Podcast podcasting seal of approval for this episode: Singularity 1-on-1 by Nikola Danaylov.

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Episode 9 - Listening to the Silence

2013-07-26
Length: 1s

The Fermi Paradox, Part 2, with Unverse Today's Fraser Cain and University of Edinburgh's Duncan Forgan.

Links:

Episode 2 - the Fermi Paradox with Geoffrey Landis

Universe Today

Duncan Forgan

Duncan Forgan et. al. , The Effect of Probe Dynamics on Galactic Exploration Timescales

The Music

Ahleuchatistas

DJ Spooky

Jason Robinson

John Baez and Mark Egan's Telesto


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Episode 8 - Cosmik Debris

2013-06-25
Length: 52s

Release Date: 25 June 2013

The subject is asteroid mining by humans and others.

Guests:

Duncan Forgan, scientist at the University of Edinburgh, talks about how we could detect ET asteroid mining.

Isaac Stott, CEO of Stott Space, abouthis compaine's ambitious plans for beating the big boys to to the punch.

Ben Wright McGee:  scientist, writer and space entrepeneur about how asteroid mining could work and why.

A little music by DJ Spooky, with musical contributions by Ahleuchatistas, JAson Robinson and Mike Griffin.

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Episode 7 - My Dinner With Garthright

2013-05-22
Length: 1s

On May 11th 2013 I sat down with skeptic Bing Garthright to talk about his impressions of UFOCon 13.  This led to some interesting stories of his days as a NICAP UFO investigator, as well as some measured - and often very positive -  thoughts about the speakers he had just heard.

The fourth Wow! Signal Podcast podcasting seal of approval for podcasts is awarded to: The Brain Science Podcast by Virginia Campbell.

Music by Ahleuchatistas and Jason Robinson.

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Episode 6 - Conversation with an Alien Hunter

2013-04-08
Length: 1s

We talk to Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute about the past, present and future of the Searchfor Extraterrestrial Intelligence.  We alos award the third Wow! Signal podcast podcasting seal of approval to: the Weekly Weinersmith.  Music is mostly by Cuneiform artist Jason Robinson.

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Episode 5 - Superior Galactic Communities

2013-03-07
Length: 47s

The Search for Bracewell Probes, Part 1.

An introduction to the Search for Bracewell Probes, with a liberal sprinkling of music by DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) from his album "Song of a Dead Dreamer."

In part 1, I cover what the hypothetical thing called a Bracewell Probe is, and discuss some of the variables that might affect whether or not it would be possible for us to to detect one in our own solar system.  We don't know whether they exist, but if they do, we want to find them....

The second Wow! Signal Podcast seal of approval for podcasting is awarded to Oh, No, Ross and Carrie!

Links

Oh No, Ross and Carrie.

The Music

DJ Spooky

Jason Robinson

Sleep Research Facility

George Hrab

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Episode 4 - All the Lonely Planets

2013-02-16
Length: 1s

A conversation about alien life with Dr. David Grinspoon, author of Lonely Planets.  We talked about his career as ab astrobiologiest, about the habitability throughout the solar system from Venus to the moons of Saturn, a proposed Venus ballon, the Curiosity rover on Mars, his upcoming book, his band, and more.

Links

David Grinspoon's website, funkyscience.net

Lonely Planets - the Natural Philosophy of Alien Life

The Episode 4 Script

Carl Sagan on the Drake Equation (video)

Musical Contributors:

Jason Robinson

Ahleuchatistas

George Hrab

Mike Griffin

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Episode 3 - A Conversation with Socrates - The Future of Humanity, part 1 with Nikola Danaylov

2013-01-22
Length: 1s

I speak to Nikola Danaylov of the Singularity Weblog about the future of humanity.  This is the first in a series on the future of humanity for this podcast.  We discuss transhumanism, the singularity, colonization of the universe, and Lance Armstrong, among others.

Links

Podcast Script

The Singularity Weblog

Singularity One-on-One Podcast

Mike Griffin

Hypnos

Ahleuchatistas

Cuneiform Records

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Episode 2 - What About Fact A?

2013-01-16
Length: 37s

There is no persuasive evidence that aliens from other star systems have ever visited our planet - situation Michael Hart dubbed "Fact A."  However, as Enrico Fermi pointed outi n 1950, this is something of a surprise.  This podcast is the first in a series examining what has become known as the Fermi Paradox.  

We'll talk to award winning SF author and NASA scientist Geoffrey Landis about one of his proposed solutions to this paradox, and set the stage for further explorations.  We'll also sample some powerful music by 21st Century Jazz artist Jason Robinson from his new CD "Tiresian Symmetries" and experimental sound sculptor Sleep Research Facility from the new CD "Stealth,"  based on sounds recorded in a B2 bomber hangar in the UK.

Links:

Geoffrey Landis

The Fermi Paradox: An Approach Based on Percolation Theory by Geoffrey Landis

Jason Robinson

Cuneiform Records

Sleep Research Facility

The Drake Equation (SETI Institute)

The Fermi Paradox, part 1 (Dream of the Open Channel)

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Episode 1 - Antonio Paris is Not From Outer Space

2012-12-04
Length: 52s

Episode 1 of the Wow!Signal Podcasts is out and available!  Author and researcher Antonio Paris of aerial-phenomenon.org joins us to discuss what is wrong with UFOlogy and what can be done to revive it for the 21st century.

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