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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.

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

 

The Unseen Podcast is released under the Creative Common Attribution/Share-Alike license

 

 

 

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.

Dec 9, 2017

Recorded: 8 December 2017

Released: 

Duration: 97 minutes, 32 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Nick Nielsen, Sam Lichtenstein, and Patrick Festa to talk about the possible consequences of Active SETI, or METI. Of course, the discussion veers off into religion and just how tasty man flesh is.

 

Links:

Interview with METI.org president Douglas Vakoch

Pascal Boyer

John Romer: Testament

To Serve Man

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music; DJ Spooky

Nov 11, 2017

Recorded: 10 November 2017

Released: 11 November 2017

Duration: 92 minutes, 12 seconds

 

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists (King) James Garrison, Nick Nielsen (Benevolent Dictator of the Planet Entire), and (King of the Universe) Patrick Festa for a wide ranging conversation about education. Some of those Lego jokes fall a bit flat..

What would you do about education if you were Benevolent Dictator? Or Andrew Carnegie?

 

Links

Thomas Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

What's Your Problem with Higher Education?

Primitive Technology YouTube Channel

LEGO Women of NASA Kit

James Burke BBC Connections

Juvenile violent crime arrest rates

Chad Davies' Scientific Odyssey Podcast

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Platform: Google Hangouts on Air

Hardware: Shure, Pro Art, TASCAM, Focusrite, Apple

Software: Chrome, Reaper, Loopback, Scarlett Mix Control, Auphonic Leveller, OS X Sierra

Oct 28, 2017

Recorded: 27 October 2017

Released: 29 October 2017

Duration: 77 minutes 16 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by James Garrison, Nick Nielsen, and Mike Bohler to talk about local urban legends and the forces driving. Stories like Chicago's Resurrection Mary have been told all around the world for centuries. Also, portals keep popping up in modern narratives, and perhaps have also been with us for a long time. 

Our conversation ranges from the Purple Church, to Crop Circles, to the Nazca Lines, to the Anasazi to Scotland's Ring of Brodgar, to Skinwalker Ranch, and much more.

Links:

Spooky Oklahoma Legends

Vanishing Hitchhiker

Ring of Brodgar

Nazca Lines

Circle Makers

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

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