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The Leonard Lopate Show

Growing Aliens in a Laboratory

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Science writer Corey Powell describes how recent discoveries in the lab are changing minds about what extraterrestrials might look like and where they might be found. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Exploring Muslim Identity in Theater, Comedy, and Revolution

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Aasif Mandvi guest hosts. Thanassis Cambanis on revolution in Cairo. Ayad Akhtar on heading to Broadway. Corey Powell on life on Mars. Dean Obeidallah on religion and comedy. 

BBC Future

Richard Dawkins: What Are Aliens Like?

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explores one of the great existential questions faced by humanity: What kind of life exists beyond Earth?

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Radiolab

Is There A Giant Life Form Lurking In Our Solar System? Possibly, Say Scientists

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?

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Soundcheck

Madonna: One For The Aliens, One For The Sun

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.

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Soundcheck

One For The Aliens, One For The Sun

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.

Soundcheck

One For The Aliens, One For The Sun

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. 

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On The Media

Year Zero

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.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Couples and Mysteries from Haruki Murakami

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.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Daniel Craig in Chaps Edition

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Julia Turner discuss the new sci-fi Western mashup Cowboys & Aliens. Next, they discuss whether it’s time to catch up with AMC’s award-winning drama Breaking Bad. For their fin

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The Takeaway

Arsenic-Eating Bacteria: Suggesting Alien Life?

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?

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The Takeaway

UFO Reports Increase: Why Do So Many Believe?

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.

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Studio 360

The Museum of Humans

Friday, December 12, 2008

What if aliens wiped out the human race and took over Earth? What would they do with human artifacts? Fast forward to 3008 and listen in on a pair of aliens as they get a guided tour of the “Museum of Humans.” Actors: Bob Koherr,

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Studio 360

Joe Davis's Universe

Saturday, June 29, 2002

Lu Olkowski looks at an artist and amateur scientist who believes we're sending the wrong messages to extraterrestrials.

(Originally aired: January 10, 2002)

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Studio 360

Sci-Fi Genome

Saturday, June 29, 2002

Kurt Andersen surveys the rich supply of alien characters in the movies.

(Originally aired: January 10, 2002)

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Studio 360

Sci-Fi Genome

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Kurt Andersen surveys the rich supply of alien characters in the movies. 

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Studio 360

Joe Davis's Universe

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Lu Olkowski looks at an artist and amateur scientist who believes we're sending the wrong messages to extraterrestrials.

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Studio 360

Extra-Terrestrial Bodies

Saturday, November 17, 2001

Producer Jonathan Mitchell goes behind the scenes with Phil Tippet, who designs alien creatures for Hollywood filmmakers. 

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