Week of February 12, 2012

Week of February 12, 2012

Alone in the Universe?

November 3, 2013
(was 02.12.2012)

Imagine the headline... bold print, banner type, four words, "We Are Not Alone". In this hour we find out why astronomers believe that within a decade, you’ll wake up to news of life on another planet. 

  1. Marc Kaufman on First Contact

    Are we alone in the universe?  Almost certainly not.   The young science of astrobiology is closing in on a discovery that will rock our world:  there IS life beyond earth.  New telescopes, new missions, and new discoveries in outer space and in the most remote areas of our own planet all point to one conclusion.  Extra terrestrial life exists, and we're very close to finding it.   Science writer Marc Kaufman explains what's changed.

    Average: 4.3 (12 votes)
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  2. Leslie Kean on UFOs

    Investigative journalist Leslie Kean talks to Jim Fleming about her book, "UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record."

    Average: 4.7 (29 votes)
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  3. Dimitar Sasselov on Astrobiology

    From the tiniest microscopic particles to some of the biggest structures on earth, the new science of astrobiology is leading the way to the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe.  Dimitar Sasselov explains why the creation of the world's first artificial cells will revolutionize lifeon our planet.

    Average: 3.8 (17 votes)
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  4. Guy Consolmagno on Theology and Astronomy

    Guy Consolmagno is an American planetary researcher and a Jesuit priest.  He's the curator of one of the world's great collections of meteorites, at the Vatican Observatory.  He gets a lot of questions about how he can be both a priest and a scientist.  Luckily, he has a sense of humor about it -- witness a recent appearance on the Colbert Report -- and believes science and religion can work together.

    Average: 4.4 (24 votes)
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  5. Orson Scott Card on Extraterrestrial Life

    How will we react, the day we hear the news that scientists have found life on another planet?  Science fiction writer Orson Scott Card has dreamed up many first contact scenarios.  His classic science fiction novel, "Ender's Game" is all about the consequences of a first contact gone badly wrong.  He's just published a long-awaited sequel.

    Average: 4 (10 votes)
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Writing Fiction vs Non-Fiction

March 10, 2013
(was 02.12.2012)

When you read a piece of nonfiction, you naturally expect that  you’re reading the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Right?  So how would you feel if you found out that the
author of an essay you’re reading was taking certain liberties with the facts to make the piece more captivating?

  1. William Gibson on "Distrust That Particular Flavor"

    William Gibson talks about his first collection of nonfiction, "Distrust That Particular Flavor."

    Average: 4.8 (10 votes)
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  2. John D'Agata and Jim Fingal on "The Lifespan of a Fact"

    Author John D'Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal talk about the boundaries of literary nonfiction as chronicled in their book, "The Lifespan of a Fact."

    Average: 4.7 (323 votes)
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  3. Jonathan Lethem on "The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc."

    Jonathan Lethem talks about his role as a novelist, which he explores in his new book, "The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc."

    Average: 5 (110 votes)
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  4. Joan Didion on "Blue Nights"

    Joan Didion talks about her new book, "Blue Nights," which explores her thoughts about children, illness and growing old in the wake of the death of her daughter, Quintana.

    Average: 5 (42 votes)
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