Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Think about the E.T. in "E.T." It was fetching, adorable and two and a half feet tall. Now think about the E.T.s we hope to find on Mars, Europa or Titan. They will probably be, if they are there at all, microscopic. I miss big aliens. Which is why I loved reading this science paper. Could big be back?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
In the latest installment of our game "One For The Aliens, One For The Sun," Billboard editor and Soundcheck contributor Joe Levy must pick two Madonna songs that will meet very different (albeit hypothetical) fates. Levy joins host John Schaefer and the game's creators, blogger Adam Dawson of WNYC's It's A Free Country and musician Jarrett Nicolay of the band Astra Via, to give his picks for Madonna songs that will make the ultimate sacrifice.
Monday, October 08, 2012
In 1977, NASA's Voyager project launched a "Golden Record" into space. Tonight on Soundcheck, we hear from the woman who helped curate the album and how the project created a playlist intended for future humans, or, possibly… aliens. Plus, inspired by the Golden Record, Soundcheck introduces a game that forces you to make tough choices about songs by your favorite artists.
Then, Sierra Leone-born singer Janka Nabay brings his band the Bubu Gang to perform in the studio.
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Inspired by the Voyager project's playlist for future humans and aliens, blogger Adam Dawson and musician Jarrett Nicolay, who have come up with a hypothetical game: Two spacecrafts are being sent out into space. One is loaded with music so good we want to share it with other lifeforms. The other is loaded up with songs that no one -- not even humans -- should ever hear again and sent directly into the sun. The catch? The songs are from the same band.
Friday, August 03, 2012
In the new farcical sci-fi book Year Zero, aliens, having discovered how wonderful Earth music is, learn that they owe the all the money in the universe to the United States because of its harsh copyright penalties. Brooke talks to author Rob Reid about taking the great copyright debate to absurd new heights.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
In the fall of 2011 we celebrated the long-awaited publication of the big novel IQ84 by the prodigious Japanese writer Haruki Murakami with a Symphony Space marathon SELECTED SHORTS program called “Murakami Madness.” Earlier in this radio season we’ve heard portions from that epic evening, including the opening chapter of the novel, and several short stories which we selected to show the remarkable range and variety in subject matter, literary imagination, and diverse moods—from provocatively comical to truly frightening—that characterize Murakami’s work.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Friday, December 03, 2010
It sounds like something you'd see in a late-night Sci-Fi flick: Scientists have discovered bacteria in a California lake that uses arsenic instead of phosphorous to survive. Arsenic is plentiful in the universe, and so bacteria that uses it to survive suggests the possibility of alien life. But just how likely is it that this bacteria exists in space?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
"President Obama is a Muslim!" ... "The U.S. government was involved in the attacks on 9/11!" ... "Area 51 is full of little green men!"
We've all heard conspiracy theories with no basis in observable fact; it's that last one we're looking at today. 2010 has seen a significant increase in UFO sightings, and according to various polls, around a fifth of all Americans believe in aliens. Why? We discusses the evolution of belief systems and irrational thoughts with Professor William Ramsey, specialist in philosophy of the mind and cognitive science and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.