The Unseen Podcast

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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 . Thanks for listening.

May 14, 2016

Recorded: 13 May 2016

Released: 14 May 2016

Duration: 76 minutes, 20 seconds


Host Paul Carr welcomes Liam Ginty of the Voices from L5 podcast and panelists David Grigg, Marsha Barnhart, and Patrick Festa to talk about the human side of Space Development: politics, economics, education, and the will to make things happen.

Please see for detailed show notes.



Voices from L5


Marsha Barnhart: Bigelow

David Grigg: 

Patrick Festa: 

Liam Ginty: 

Paul Carr: Raspberry Pi


Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panelists: Liam Ginty, David Grigg, Marsha Barnhart, and Patrick Festa

Music: DJ Spooky


Apr 30, 2016

Recorded: 29 April 2016

Released: 30 April 2016

Duration: 109 minutes, 48 seconds


Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Sam Lichtenstein, Adam Smit, Patrick Festa, and Mike Bohler to talk about the human relationship with the near future: predictions, forecasts, predawn markets, and super forecasting. What do we get wrong, and what can we hope to get right? Our panelists offer their own forecasts.


For the most detailed show notes, please see, Episode 50.


Philip Tetlock on Rationally Speaking



Sam Lichtenstein: SpaceX to Mars

Paul Carr: SETI Detection

Adam Smith: UK Police with Face Recognition

Patrick Festa: Betelgeuse exploding by 2046

Mike Bohler: SpaceX on Mars before 2021



Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky




Apr 16, 2016

Recorded: 15 April 2016

Released: 16 April 2016

Duration: 79 minutes, 8 seconds


Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists David Grigg, Marsha Barnhart, and Nick Nielsen to talk about preserving the artifacts of human culture and civilization of the very long term: why, what and how.



The Decipherment of Linear B

Murmurs of the Earth by Carl Sagan

The Corbis Photo Vault at Iron Mountain

The Swerve

The Star by Arthur C. Clarke

Corpus Juris Civlis

The Future of the Past

Svalbard Global Seed Vault


Douglas Vakoch, Director of Interstellar Message Composition


David: Murmures of Earth by Carl Sagan

Nick: Lectures of Alan B. MacNeil on Evolutionary Psychology I

Marsha: Silent Running

Paul Carr: Vikings


Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

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

Software: Reaper, OS X Yosemite, Loopback

Hosting: Libsyn


Apr 3, 2016

Recorded: 1 April 2016

Released: 3 April 2016

Duration:82 minutes, 12 seconds


Host James Garrison welcomes Mike Mongo, Mike Bohler, and Marsha Barnhart to talk about hoaxes.

Erratum: It was the Stanford Prison Experiment, not Berkeley.

  • The Patterson Bigfoot footage
  • Piltdown Man and the Cardiff giant
  • P.T. Barnum
  • The Sokal Hoax 
  • Anthropogenic Climate Change - who is being misleading?
  • E-mail scams
  • Martin Gardner's book "Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science" on pseudoscience and furthering a political agenda
  • Pseudoscience on YouTube
  • Mike Mongo discusses a student's UFO experience - was he delusional? Marsha is not so sure.
  • Some scientists are religious
  • Giant spiders
  • Flat Earthers
  • Hollow moons? Nope.
  • Martian caves.
  • Johann Behringer hoaxed by his students.
  • Project Alpha, Randi and Banachek
  • Poetry hoax
  • Art hoaxes
  • Steve Allen's music hoaxes
  • more discussion of the Sokal hoax.
  • Cold Fusion
  • Randi exposed Uri Geller who fooled scientists
  • Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Fitting in with preconceived notions
  • Michael Cremo's cherry picking
  • More on P.T. Barnum
  • What is our current Freak Show? Donald Trump?
  • The Microsoft Tweetbot
  • Wrap Up and Recommendations



Project Alpha

The Ern Malley Poetry Hoax



David Grigg: Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner

Marsha Barnhart: practice discernment

Mike Mongo: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

James Garrison: Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracy


Host: James Garrison

Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky


Mar 19, 2016

Recorded: 18 March 2016

Released: 19 March 2016

Duration: 103 minutes, 24 seconds


Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists James Garrison, Mike Bohler and Nick Nielsen, for a wide ranging discussion about science, society, and the messy process by which science gets the money it needs to move forward.



Jason Hessels on Fast Radio Bursts

Evidence Based Medicine Has Been Hijacked

Jim Bakker is Indicted on Federal Charges

The Ancient Tully Monster

Persiflagers' Infectious Disease Puscast

Nick Nielsen's Blog

Galaxy Zoo

Mar 12, 2016

Recorded: 11 March 2016

Released: 12 March 2016

Duration: 93 minutes, 56 minutes


Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Adam Smith, Ciro Villa, Marsha Barnhart, and Patrick Festa. The team discuss a number of interesting anomalies an how valid and strange they really are. We talk about Quasar clusters, the Kuiper Cliff, Questions about human evolution, flowing water on Mars, and Long Delay Echoes.



Quasar Chains

The Kuiper Cliff

Human Evolution

The Long Delay Echoes


Adam Smith: Cosmoquest

Ciro Villa:

Marsha Barnhart: Michael Cremo

Patrick Festa: Brains On

Paul Carr: The Man who Found Time, a book about Michael Hutton



Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panelists: Adam Smith, Ciro Villa, Marsha Barnhart, and Patrick Festa

Music: DJ Spooky


Mar 5, 2016

Recorded: 4 March 2016

Released: 5 March 2016

Duration: 94 minutes, 14 seconds


Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Adam Smith, James Garrison, Marsha Barnhart, and Nick Nielsen, to talk about the flurry of news over Fast Radio Bursts. What are the facts, and how has the Mainstream Media got it wrong?



Lorimer, et. al. A Bright millisecond radio burst of extragalactic origin



Adam Smith: Einstein @Home

James Garrison: Brains On

Marsha Barnhart: Ex Machina

Nick Nielsen: Unsubscribe

Paul Carr: The Hollow Crown



host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panelists: Adam Smith, James Garrison, Marsha Barnhart, Nick Nielsen

Music DJ Spooky


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Feb 27, 2016

Recorded: 26 February 2016

Released: 26 February 2016

Duration: 7 minutes, 40 seconds


A quick audio explanation for the break in our regular rhythm and a plea for more panelists. We hope you will consider joining us, if only for a few times per year.

Feb 20, 2016

Recorded: 19 February 2016

Released: 20 February 2016

Duration:93 minutes, 16 seconds


Host Paul Carr and Panelists Adam Smith, Ciro Villa, Nick Nielsen, and Patrick Festa discuss some scenarios for contacting ET civilizations and what could happen, including some of the protocols that have been defined by the SETI community, and the discovery of a Bracewell Probe.



Declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Bracewell Probes

Ben McGee on the Search for Alien Artifacts



Adam Smith: Future in Space Hangout

Nick Nielsen: After Contact

Ciro Villa: Solar System Visualization

Patrick Festa: Tales of Beedle the Bard

Paul Carr: Scary Monsters by David Bowie



Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Feb 13, 2016

Recorded: 12 February 2016

Released: 13 November 2016

Duration: 79 minutes 56 seconds


Special Guest Bob Novella of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe joins host Paul Carr and the Panel to talk about skepticism, critical thinking, jury duty, denialism, bond spots, skeptics movement drama, the media, gravitational waves, and more.


Erratum: It's 2016, not 2012.


We had some technical problems with Google hangouts. The all-knowing Google AI expressed its opinion of the host, and kicked him out 3 times. I, for one...



The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

Darwin Day


Adam Smith: Snapshot Serengeti's New Season

Mateusz Macias: Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the Flat Earth

Nick Nielsen: The Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

James Garrison: OCC the Skeptical Caveman

Patrick Festa: The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

Paul Carr: Rationally Speaking Podcast


Producer and Host: Paul Carr

Panelists: Adam Smith, Mateusz Macias, James Garrison, Mike Bohler, Nick Nielsen, and Patrick Festa

Special Guest: Bob Novella

Music: DJ Spooky



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