Monday, November 30, 2020

Wow! Signal Pub #4 coming up soon

 We're planning the next Wow! Signal Pub soon. It's a live-streamed ramblecast, with no set agenda, no show notes, no definitive start/stop time, and no solemnity. you can say what you want, but it goes on your permanent record. Participation is open to pretty much anyone, but you have to give me your e-mail address so I can send you the Zoom invite.

Right now, the date and time to pencil in is 12 December at 16:00 Eastern Standard Time (23:00 UTC). We'll update that as we get closer. Hope you can make it.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Episode 48 - Chelsea Haramia on the Ethics of METI


Released: 28 November 2020

Duration: 70 minutes, 39 seconds

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Co-hosts Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis engage philosopher Chelsea Haramia on the ethics of sending signals into space that might be received by intelligent beings in the cosmos. How do we think coherently about the risks?


Links:






Lyrics to "Time Pops Bubbles"


Guest Bio

Chelsea Haramia received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she specialized in ethics. She is now an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Spring Hill College. She is also co-editor of the online journal 1000-Word Philosophy, which houses a growing set of original 1000-word essays on philosophical questions, figures, and arguments aimed at an audience of philosophers and non-philosophers alike. She has published in the areas of normative ethics, bioethics, animal ethics, aesthetics, feminist philosophy, and astrobiology ethics. Her current work involves ethical and metaethical analyses of space exploration and of the search for intelligent life in particular.  

Credits:

Co-hosts: Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis

Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky, Nest, Erika Lloyd.

 

The Wow! Signal is published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.


Friday, November 6, 2020

Episode 47 - Arthur C. Clarke, Godfather of Satellites


Released: 7 November 2020

Duration: 57 minutes, 36 seconds

 

Co hosts Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis welcome space historian David Skogerboe to talk about the pro-space activism of Arthur C. Clarke.

Guest Bio:

David Skogerboe is a space historian and science communicator. He recently earned his MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he focused his research on the intersection of space science, science fiction, and science communication. During his masters, he interned at the NASA History Division in Washington DC, where he spent countless hours perusing the most interesting historical reference collections on the planet. He is presently a freelance writer and editor while he awaits the emergence of his first child, and he hopes to soon begin a PhD and a fruitful career as a professional nerd.

Links:

The Godfather of Satellites: Arthur C. Clarke and the Battle for Narrative Space in the Popular Culture of Spaceflight, 1945-1995, David Skogerboe, full master's thesis

Arthur C. ClarkeApollo 12: Why Don't You Know Me? You Should., David Skogerboe, NASA News & Notes

Wireless World Feb. & Oct. 1945, Scans of Clarke's articles proposing the geostationary satellite

How the World Was One: Beyond the Global Village, Arthur C. Clarke (1992), Clarke's overview of the impact of communication technology on society

The Making of a Moon: The Story of the Earth Satellite Program, Arthur C. Clarke (1957), Clarke's pre-history of satellite technology, first published before Sputnik

The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke (1979), Clarke's sci-fi that features the space elevator and "project clean-up"

Arthur C. Clarke's official website

An expansive bibliography of Clarke's work. An impressive reminder of just how hard he pushed to propel humans into space, and keep them there.

Credits:

Co-hosts: Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis

Music: DJ Spooky and Lloyd Rogers

 


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Monday, April 6, 2020

Episode 46 - Extraterrestrials


Released: 6 April 2020
Duration: 53 minutes, 55 seconds

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Author and podcaster Wade Roush talks about his forthcoming book from MIT Press, Extraterrestrials. The book covers astrobiology, SETI, the Fermi paradox and more for a literate but non-specialist audience.

Guest Bio

WADE ROUSH, a Boston-based science and technology journalist, is a columnist at Scientific American and the producer and host of Soonish, an independent podcast about the future. He has served as Boston bureau reporter for Science, senior editor and San Francisco bureau chief at MIT Technology Review, chief correspondent and San Francisco editor for Xconomy, and acting director of MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program. He holds a PhD in the history and social study of science and technology from MIT.

Links:

1950 New Yorker Cartoon by Alan Dunn
The Extraterrestrials page at MIT Press
The Extraterrestrials page at Amazon
Six Strange Facts about Oumuamua
Sofia Sheikh and the Nine Axes
The Vanishing Sources
Where is Everybody?
Stephen Webb's Book on the Fermi Paradox
Nathalie Cabrol
Seth Shostak on the Zoo Hypothesis

The MIT Technology Review
The Hub and Spoke Podcast Network
The Soonish podcast

The podcast contact page
Wow! Signal Live

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: Lloyd Rogers and Jason Robinson

The Wow! Signal is released under the Creative Commons Attribution License


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Episode 45 - Among the Space People with Paola Castaño


Released: 29 March 2020
Duration: 54 minutes, 8 seconds

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Co-hosts Paul Carr and Daniela DePaulis welcome Dr. Paola Castaño to talk about her research among the science teams working on the International Space Station.






Guest Bio

Paola Costaño
Paola Castaño is a sociologist of science. She recently completed a Newton International Fellow funded by The British Academy at Cardiff University and is working on a book about the meanings and valuations of scientific research on the International Space Station. On the basis of ethnographic work following the life course of experiments sent to the station, the book examines the fields of particle physics, plant biology and biomedical research. She has a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago, and has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, the Free University of Berlin, and Waseda University in Tokyo.

Links:

The International Space Station goes under the microscope
Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop 2020: Day 1
Cosmic-ray positron fraction measurement from 1 to 30 GeV with AMS-01
Scott Kelly’s genes and NASA’s twin study on him, explained
Keyworkers

Daniela De Paulis on the Unseen Podcast
Daniela De Paulis discusses Cogito in Episode 35.
Cogito in Space
Castaño's article on Cogito

The Wow! Signal podcast on Reddit
Our YouTube Channel

Credits:

Co-hosts: Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis
Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky, Blue Dot Sessions, Lee Maddeford, and Lloyd Rogers

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Burst 33 - Astronomer David Blank Comments on Episode 41



Released: 20 March 2020
Duration: 31 minutes, 42 seconds

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Astronomer David Blank responded to our invitation to comment on the Villarroel+ paper we covered in Episode 41, which he describes as "very fascinating."

Links

The VASCO project: I. USNO objects missing in modern sky surveys and follow-up observations of a "missing star"
Dorrit Hoffleit  and her autobiography: Misfortunes as Blessings in Disguise
Bradley Schaefer and the Harvard Plates
Josh Grindlay, PI of DASCH
The Very Large Array Sky Survey
The VASCO Citizen Science Project

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: Lloyd Rogers


The Wow! Signal is released undertone Creative Common Attribution license.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

All Unseen Podcast Episodes now Available on YouTube

We have moved all our Unseen Podcast (2015-2018) episodes to YouTube. You can listen to any of them there, as well as the Unseen Pubs. Soon, we will discontinue our use of Libsyn as the repository for the Unseen Podcast, and the rss feed links will not be valid. The show notes on the blog will remain available indefinitely.

For example, here is Episode 88 with Chad Davies of the Scientific Odyssey: