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The show notes here at Libsyn are only a rough draft. For the most refined and complete set of show notes, please go to unseenpodcast.com . Thanks for listening.

Jul 29, 2018

Recorded: 27 July 2018

Released: 29 July 2018

Duration: 72 minutes, 2 seconds

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists David Grigg, Nick Nielsen, and Patrick Festa. The cosmic Lyft driver has pulled up to the curb. Where to next? Moon or Mars, and why? Why anything other than birth, copulation, and death? We get to decide.

 

Links:

Liquid water spied deep below polar ice cap on Mars
 
Radar evidence of subglacial liquid water on Mars
 
NASA Office of Planetary Protection
 
With planetary protection office up for grabs, scientists rail against limits to Mars exploration
 
Found it! Ice on Mars
 
Why Can't we Remake the Rocketdyne F1 Engine?
 
Sputnik Crisis
 
Sputnik and the Origins of the SpaceAge
 
Into the Black

Credits: 

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Linkage: Nick Nielsen

 

 

May 27, 2018

Recorded: 25 May 2018

Released: 26 May 2018

Duration: 74 minutes, 17 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Sam Lichtenstein, Patrick Festa, and Nick Nielsen to talk about the evolution and extinction of human languages.  

 

Links:

 

List of Endangered Languages
 
Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (linguistic relativity)
 
Echoes from My Kodiak Alutiiq Ancestors
 
The state of the Welsh language: Number of people speaking Welsh fluently falls by 7,000 over the last decade
 
Revival of the Hebrew language
 
Who We Are: Europe
 
Future Strategist: Cochran History Of Europe
 
Infographic: A World of Languages
 
 

Recommendations:

 
Sam: A History of the Byzantine State and Society
 
Patrick: Kay Scarpetta Book Series
 
Nick: The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age
 
Paul: Desert Oracle Radio
 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

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Apr 8, 2018

Recorded: 6 April 2018

Released: 7 April 2018

Duration: 91 minutes, 56 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welomes panelists Gita Jaisinghani, Sam Lichtenstein, Nick Nielsen and Adam Smith to take about a selection of Existential Risks.

Topics include: nanotechnology, pandemics, AI, and Climate Change. As usual, we let the discussion wander where it will go.

 

Links


Controversial US scientist creates deadly new flu strain for pandemic research

Engineered Avian Flu Could Kill Half the World's Humans

 
Asilomoar AI Principles
NASA on Climate Change
 
Early climate action has big effect on rising sea levels
 
 

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Links: Nick Nielsen

Feb 17, 2018

Recorded: 16 February 2018

Released: 17 February 2018

Duration:  85 minutes, 8 seconds

Host Paul Carr welcomes special guest Chad Davies of the Scientific Odyssey podcast, and panelists Sam Lichtenstein and Patrick Festa, to talk about the history and philosophy of science. 

erratum: at the end, the host says it's the 16th of September. It was February.

Links:

the Scientific Odyssey Podcast:

Blog

On Facebook

On Apple Podcasts

On Stitcher

On player.fm

 

The Doom of Spacetime

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

The Unseen Podcast 

 

Jan 27, 2018

Recorded: 26 January 2018

Released: 27 January 2018

Duration: 104 minutes 39 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by special guest panelist and documentary filmmaker Paul Hildebrandt,  director of The Fight for Space. Joining The two Pauls are Mike Mongo, Jon Eckberg, and Nick Nielsen. We talk about kids in space, and how it relates to Paul Hildebrandt's kickstarter for his film First to the Moon.

 

Links

Fight for Space

First to the Moon Kickstarter

 

Eric S. Raymond on Google Plus

Linus Torvalds on Google Plus

Valentina Tereshkova

Sally RideWho Was Sally Ride?

Christa McAluliffe

Apollo 8

Thomas Selfridge, first person to die in an airplane crash 

 

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 21, 2018

Recorded: 19 January 2018

Released: 20 January 2018

Duration:126 minutes, 28 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by new panelist Jon Eckberg, and regulars Nick Nielsen, Buck Field, Mike Bohler and Patrick Festa to talk about how the discovery of the interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua affects the terms in the Drake Equation, if at all. As is typical for us, the discussion ranges wide, once again confirming the Drake Equation's role as an excellent mental lens.

 

Links:

The Drake Equation

Through the Lens of the Drake Equation

Claudio Maccone - The Statistical Drake Equation

David Jewitt - Oddball Visitor from Outer Space

Early trace of life from 3.95 Ga sedimentary rocks in Labrador, Canada

Guns, Germs, and Steel

The Case for K Dwarf Stars

This Humpback Whale Saved a Woman's Life, But Probably Not on Purpose

Face to Face with a Leopard Seal

 

A Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracy

Oh, No Ross and Carrie

 

Credits: 

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Jan 6, 2018

 

Recorded: 5 January 2018

Released: 6 January 2018

Duration: 97 minutes, 44 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Adam Smith, Nick Nielsen, Patrick Festa, and Buck Field to talk about the human return to the moon. It seems to boil down to: yes,, but who's going to pay for it? Maybe the Chinese? Maybe American or Asian billionaires? Somehow this drifts into discussion of flat Earthers and joke cults.

See unseenpodcast.com for detailed show notes

Erratum: the 2017 Federal Budget is 4.1 Trillion dollars.

 

Links

Deep Space Gateway

Space Launch System

SpaceIL

Thiel: Google has $50B, doesn't innovate  or the longer version: 2012 - Eric Schmidt and Peter Thiel - Debate

 
Robert Zubrin - Mars Direct: Humans to the Red Planet within a Decade

"There is a tide in the affairs of men."

Lava tubes as hidden sites for future human habitats on the Moon and Mars

Lunar lava tube

5 Whys

Stalinist gigantism
 
The World at War
 

Ross and Carrie Traverse Flat Earth

Ross and Carrie Go Raelian

Church of the Subgenius

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

Hardware: Shure, ProArt, Focusrite, Apple, Audio Technica

Postproduction: Auphonic Desktop Application

Hosting: Libsyn

 

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.

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