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Each week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who provides a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond. We also showcase regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face.

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The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence

Just finished reading this and found it very informative and inspiring.

“Are we alone in the universe? This is surely one of the biggest questions of human existence, yet it remains frustratingly unanswered. In this provocative book, one of the world’s leading scientists explains why the search for intelligent life beyond Earth should be expanded, and how it can be done.”

“Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering”. Arthur C. Clarke

The Eerie Silence provides excellent, scientific thinking around this conundrum.

Review from April 20, 2010 in the New York Times

Paul Davies website

Are We Alone? Science radio for thinking species

Are We Alone?

Of special interest, their program from February 15, 2010: Sex and the SETI

From their “About” page:

“Could there be life-forms on worlds far beyond the bounds of Earth?

The search for life as we don’t know it begins with understanding life as we do.

From amoebas to androids to antimatter, Are We Alone? weaves together humor and compelling interviews into themed programs about the biggest ideas in evolutionary biology, genetics, paleontology, technology, and physics – as well as cosmology and astronomy.

Are you a doubting Thomas? You’ll have plenty of company as we separate science from pseudoscience and the facts from the phony in Skeptic Check, our monthly look at critical thinking.

Are We Alone? is a one-hour program, produced by the SETI Institute and broadcast and podcast every week. The show can be found on iTunes, Juice, and other podcast sites. Radio stations carrying the program are listed on our Listening page.”

NASA’s Kepler Mission: A Search For Habitable Planets

Kepler with distant solar system

The Kepler mission is searching the skies for planets that are the same size as Earth, worlds that could be similar to our own. The Challenge now is to find terrestrial planets (i.e., those one half to twice the size of Earth), especially those in the habitable zone of their stars where liquid water and possible life might exist.”