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Siriusly, Are We Alone?

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitFeb 27, 2006 3:52 AM


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Every month, I do a segment called "Brains on Vacation" on the SETI Institute's radio show "Are We Alone". The radio program itself deals with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in general, though once a month they have what they call "Skeptical Sunday" dealing with issues of critical thinking. BoV deals with people just doing silly stuff; we've covered star naming, the Virgin Mary underpass, and other slices of silliness. The show has been airing on independent radio stations across the country, but we have a big announcement: we're going satellite! We premiere our first show on Discovery Channel radio broadcast on Sirius satellite radio channel 119, on Wednesday, March 1. The episode of AWA is a Skeptical Sunday one called "Psychic Sleuth" and includes a BoV piece about buying star names. And we're actually going to be aired three times a week. The premiere of each show is 9:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, with a repeat at 9:00 p.m. EST Wednesday and another repeat at 11:00 p.m. EST Sundays. The shows will be archived on the AWA site, and will be podcast as well. This will be done on Thursdays, after Discovery has had their first two airings. So tune in! You may not find out if we are truly alone or not, but with this much larger satellite venue for the show, we'll know our listeners aren't alone.

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