What our search for extraterrestrial life can tell us about ourselves
Humans have long been interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial life. This hour, a look at why that interest has persisted.
Plus, we talk to a scientist who is looking for extraterrestrial life and a linguist who is preparing in case we ever receive communications from extraterrestrials.
- Kate Dorsch: Historian, philosopher of science, and the associate director of the philosophy, politics, and economics program at the University of Pennsylvania
- Amanda Rees: Historian of science based at the University of York
- Seth Shostak: Senior astronomer at the SETI Institute and host of the radio show and podcast Big Picture Science
- Sheri Wells-Jensen: Associate professor of English and linguistics at Bowling Green State University and a member of the board of directors of METI International
Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired June 2, 2022.