The Wow! Signal Podcast
The Wow! Signal Podcast is the voice is 21st Century's search for the question to the answer of Life, the Universe and Everything. The podcast is a heady mix of interviews with bleeding edge thinkers, writers, and investigators.
info_outline Episode 48 - Chelsea Haramia on the Ethics of METI 11/26/2020
Episode 48 - Chelsea Haramia on the Ethics of METI Co-hosts Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis engage philosopher Chelsea Haramia on the ethics of sending signals into space that might be received by intelligent beings in the cosmos.
info_outline Episode 47 - Arthur C. Clarke, Godfather of Satellites 11/07/2020
Episode 47 - Arthur C. Clarke, Godfather of Satellites Co hosts Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis welcome space historian David Skogerboe to talk about the pro-space activism of Arthur C. Clarke.
info_outline Episode 45 - Among the Space People with Paola Castaño 03/30/2020
Episode 45 - Among the Space People with Paola Castaño Co-hosts Paul Carr and Daniela DePaulis welcome Dr. Paola Castaño to talk about her research among the science teams working on the international Space Station.
info_outline Burst 33 - Astronomer David Blank Comments on Episode 41 03/20/2020
Burst 33 - Astronomer David Blank Comments on Episode 41 Astronomer David Blank responded to our invitation to comment on the Villarroel+ paper we covered in Episode 41, which he describes as "very fascinating."
info_outline Episode 43 - Adam Dipert Moves in Zero G 12/22/2019
Episode 43 - Adam Dipert Moves in Zero G Adam Dipert is a veteran circus performer and dancer who recently received his PhD in physics from Arizona State University. Her has brought his various interests together by researching human movement in microgravity. We are going to let him tell you all about that.
info_outline Episode 41 - The Vanishing Sources with Beatriz Villarroel 11/15/2019
Episode 41 - The Vanishing Sources with Beatriz Villarroel Released: 15 November 2019 Duration: 42 minutes, 24 seconds Our guest on in 2016, , returns to give us an update on the vanishing star, following the release of detailing a much more ambitious project along the same lines that finds a number of new candidate objects. For more information, please visit Links: Villarroel+: (work of fiction that mentions the earlier research) Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky and Jason Robinson Announcer: Erin Carr This podcast is released under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-alike license.
info_outline Episode 40 - Extraterrestrial Languages 10/16/2019
Episode 40 - Extraterrestrial Languages Released: 16 October 2019 Duration: 54 minutes, 51 seconds is a forthcoming book about the human quest to craft messages that can be understood across interstellar distances. We may want to tell ET about ourselves, or it may be help ET send message to us that we will know how to interpret. Daniel Oberhaus is a staff writer at Wired Magazine, where he covers space and energy. His first book, Extraterrestrial Languages, will be released by MIT Press on October 22, 2019. For more information, please visit Support the podcast at . Links : the ontological status of mathematics Credits Host and Producer: Paul Carr Co-Host: Daniela DiPaulis Music: DJ Spooky, Jason Robinson, George Hrab Announcer: Erin Carr The Wow! Signal is released under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license
info_outline Episode 39 - Sofia Sheik and The Nine Axes 09/29/2019
Episode 39 - Sofia Sheik and The Nine Axes Released: 29 September 2019 Duration: 49 minutes, 52 seconds Download Sofia's paper here: A conversation with SETI researcher Sofia Sheikh about how we should evaluate technosignature search strategies. We cover three examples of technosignature searches and their relative advantages. Sofia Sheikh is a third-year graduate student at the Pennsylvania State University working with Dr. Jason Wright. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where she became involved with the Breakthrough Listen Initiative. Her work incorporates both theoretical approaches to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and observational radio searches for technosignatures. She intends to be the first woman to complete a SETI PhD thesis. Links Credits Host and Producer: Paul Carr Announcer: Erin Carr Music: DJ Spooky, Erika Lloyd, Jason Robinson Hardware: Shure, Audio Technica, Pro Art, Behringer, Focusrite, Apple. Software: Skype, Loopback, Reaper, Auphonic Desktop Hosting: Libsyn
info_outline Burst 32 - Become a Boyajian's Star Scientist in Your Spare Time 02/19/2019
Burst 32 - Become a Boyajian's Star Scientist in Your Spare Time Released: 18 February 2019 Duration: 6 minutes, 48 seconds Paul Carr summarizes why we want to know more about this star, and how you can get involved. Links: Please see for the most detailed information. (Tabby's TED Talk) (Brad Schaefer) Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky
info_outline Burst 31 Beyond the SETI Paradigm 02/05/2019
Burst 31 Beyond the SETI Paradigm Little has been said concerning the possibility of detecting a lightsail as a technosignature in comparison to detecting a “conventional” technosignature such as the radio and laser beacons that SETI searches for. When we look out into the universe for signs of intelligence, if there are technosignatures to be seen, what technologies ought we to expect to be the most common?
info_outline Burst 30 - The Gaia DR2 Release and Boyajian's Star 04/26/2018
Burst 30 - The Gaia DR2 Release and Boyajian's Star Released: 24 April 2018 Duration: 10 minutes, 1 second Paul Carr talks about today's much more accurate distance estimate to Boyajian's Star from Gaia Data Release 2, and what, if anything, this rules out. Links: Clemens+ (2018) - Boyajian+ (2015) - Castelaz and Barker (2018) - Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: Jason Robinson
info_outline Burst 29 - Caral Supe and Evangeline 04/24/2018
Burst 29 - Caral Supe and Evangeline Paul Carr reviews what has been happening over the Winter and early Spring with respect to Boyajian's Star. We review the Winter observations, the Castelaz and Barker paper, and the two surprise March dips, Caral-Supe and Evangeline. We also talk about the upcoming Gaia Data Release 2 and what it might mean.
info_outline Burst 28 - The Cosmic Archipelago, part III 02/07/2018
Burst 28 - The Cosmic Archipelago, part III In order to resolve our cosmic archipelago problem we will have to attempt to reconstruct a history of our universe as a part of a far larger cosmological system, and to do this we will have to extend cosmology beyond the observable universe -- but what, exactly, is the observable universe?
info_outline Burst 26 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 1. 01/21/2018
Burst 26 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 1. Released: 21 January 2018 Duration: 19 minutes A hundred years ago cosmologists were struggling to understand the nature and structure of the universe, and at the heart of this struggle was the island universe hypothesis. Today we find ourselves confronted with a similar question posed at a far greater scale. As we confront these great questions of cosmology, whether a hundred years ago or today, we find ourselves faced with as many philosophical questions as scientific questions when we challenge the boundaries of our understanding. In Part I we focus on the original problems of constructing the cosmological distance ladder. Links: , Edwin Hubble , Immanuel Kant , Shapley and Curtis , V. Trimble , Edwin Hubble , Arthur Eddington , Stuart Armstrong and Anders Sandberg and Credits: Writer and Host: Nick Nielsen Producer and Voiceover: Paul Carr Music: Jason Robinson
info_outline Episode 38 - The Overview Effect 12/17/2017
Episode 38 - The Overview Effect Released: 31 December 2017 Duration: 65 minutes, 20 seconds Daniela DePaulis and Nick Nielsen in conversation with Frank White on the Overview Effect. Detailed show notes To Be Supplied. Please see for more information.
info_outline Burst 24- The Summer of Tabby's Star 12/03/2017
Burst 24- The Summer of Tabby's Star Released: 3 December 2017 Duration: 11 minutes 43 seconds Host Paul Carr covers some recent developments with respect to Boyajian's Star, especially the 4 dips of the Summer of 2017. Links: Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: Jason Robinson
info_outline A short note for listeners - November 2017 11/15/2017
A short note for listeners - November 2017 Released: 14 November 2017 A short note from Paul Carr to please stay tuned for more content. Sorry for the lull, but we are not fading - we wouldn't do that to you. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, check out .
info_outline Episode 36 - The One Earth Message 09/03/2017
Episode 36 - The One Earth Message Released: 3 September 2017 Duration: 62 minutes, 37 seconds Host along with Paul Carr in conversation with artist , designer of Carl Sagan's , on his new crowdfunded project, the . Links: Credits: Host and co-producer: Daniela De Paulis Co-producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky, Erika Lloyd Announcer: Erin Carr
info_outline Burst 23 - Tabby Boyajian talks about the May 2017 dip 06/06/2017
Burst 23 - Tabby Boyajian talks about the May 2017 dip Released: 5 June 2017 Duration: 18 minutes 33 seconds 8462852 conducted when the star dipped in brightness last month, and what might happen in the near future. Links: Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music:
info_outline Burst 22 - Tabby's Star is Dimming 05/19/2017
Burst 22 - Tabby's Star is Dimming Released: 19 May 2017 Duration: 12 minutes 57 seconds Host Paul Carr provides some brief remarks and one or two speculations about the dimming of Tabby's Star that began today. Links: The Wow! Signal podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons/Attribution Share-Alike license.
info_outline Episode 35 - There is Here 02/13/2017
Episode 35 - There is Here Released: 13 February 2017 Duration:90 minutes, 38 seconds In this episode we explore Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or METI, with METI.org President Douglas Vakoch and interdisciplinary artist Daniela de Paulis. Nick Nielsen joins us for a discussion of Daniela's new project Cogito - how do we send our thoughts into the cosmos? Links: Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Co-hosts: Daniela de Paulis and Nick Nielsen Music: DJ Spooky, George Hrab, Erika Llloyd Voiceover: Erin Carr The Wow! Signal podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike license.
info_outline Burst 21 - The Absolute, Definitive Truth about Alien Megastructures 01/02/2017
Burst 21 - The Absolute, Definitive Truth about Alien Megastructures Released: 2 January 2017 Duration: 15 minutes, 37 seconds Based upon a , we discuss why there may not be any galaxy-scale megastructures, but what sort of stellar class megastructures could we possibly observe out there. Please visit for more information about this podcast. Links: GHAT III: Credits: Host, Writer and Producer: Paul Carr Music: The Wow! Signal Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.