About This Episode
5ksWhere did we come from? Are we alone? Join guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and their special guests comedian Dave Foley and Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, as they attempt to answer these questions on stage at the Marine Memorial Theater in San Francisco earlier this year. You’ll learn about the different approaches we take to the search for extra terrestrial intelligence. Find out about Frank Drake, the pioneering astronomer whose work has helped define SETI. Ponder what form alien life might take, and what might happen if we ever found proof of that life, from government actions to the public response. Explore Fermi’s Paradox, Martian meteorites and NASA’s office of Planetary Protection. Also up for discussion: the concepts of “Second Genesis” and transpermia, amino acid carrying asteroids, and astronomer Sir William Herschel, who discovered Uranus.
(Warning: Since this show was recorded live before an adult audience in San Francisco, be prepared for some suggestive language and humor.)
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In This Episode
Guest HostBill Nye
The Science Guy
Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute