Episode #326

Outer Space, Aliens, Sinatra

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Saturday, June 29, 2002

We go on an intergalactic adventure. Kurt Andersen and scientist Ann Druyan, the head of the science-based entertainment company Cosmos Studios, talk about art's close encounters with outer space. Simpsons writer George Meyer reveals his space-age obsession, and an artist insists we're sending the wrong messages to extra-terrestrials.

Guests:

Ann Druyan

Commentary: Good Humor-less

What do you do when people can't recognize a joke?

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Now Playing: The House I Live In

A new CD set contains everything Frank Sinatra recorded in Hollywood from 1940 to 1964. One patriotic song in particular rose improbably to become a hit just after World War 2 — and its meaning changed in the process.

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Ann Druyan on Art and Outer Space

Kurt Andersen talks with science philosopher Ann Druyan about art and outer space. Druyan has written and produced TV programs about space, and conceived the film Contact in collaboration with her husband, the late astronomer Carl Sagan. She is a former philosopher and former secretary of the Federation of American Scientists, and she ...

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Joe Davis's Universe

Lu Olkowski looks at an artist and amateur scientist who believes we're sending the wrong messages to extraterrestrials.

(Originally aired: January 10, 2002)

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Music of the Spheres

Allison Dean explores how the ancient Greeks' model of the structure of the universe still shapes our music.

(Originally aired: January 10, 2002)

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Sci-Fi Genome

Kurt Andersen surveys the rich supply of alien characters in the movies.

(Originally aired: January 10, 2002)

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Space Age Obsession

A collecting confession from Simpsons writer and executive producer George Meyer.

(Originally aired: January 10, 2002)

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