36 episodes

Universe University takes listeners on a cosmic adventure through outer space: from the history of human spaceflight and astronomy to the cutting edge theoretical physics. It is an entertaining and informative exploration of how human beings have sought and found answers to some of our most profound questions about the universe... as well as a look at those questions that are still unanswered.

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Universe University takes listeners on a cosmic adventure through outer space: from the history of human spaceflight and astronomy to the cutting edge theoretical physics. It is an entertaining and informative exploration of how human beings have sought and found answers to some of our most profound questions about the universe... as well as a look at those questions that are still unanswered.

    Bonus After Talk: Reflections on Mars (part 2 of 2)

    Bonus After Talk: Reflections on Mars (part 2 of 2)

    Host and producer discuss the future of space travel and manned missions to Mars.


    If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this link: https://www.patreon.com/universeuniversity?fbclid=IwAR0GJjAwa3C1f8KKxDi7aeGVEO-Ou3dL10vmf1kQHjssQu5eEgmCkyNFMgw


    MUSIC:


    "Slow Burn" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    REFERENCES:


    "Scientists and Seaman" [article]
    By Ben Finney


    "Humans Will Never Colonize Mars" [article]
    By George Dvorsky


    "The Case for Space"
    By Robert Zubrin PhD


    "Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism"
    By Robert Zubrin PhD


    "Elon Musk: Telsa, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future"
    by Ashlee Vance

    • 48 min
    Bonus After Talk: Reflections on Mars (part 1 of 2)

    Bonus After Talk: Reflections on Mars (part 1 of 2)

    Host and producer discuss the future of space travel and manned missions to Mars.


    If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this link: https://www.patreon.com/universeuniversity?fbclid=IwAR0GJjAwa3C1f8KKxDi7aeGVEO-Ou3dL10vmf1kQHjssQu5eEgmCkyNFMgw


    MUSIC:


    "Slow Burn" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    REFERENCES:


    "The Case for Space"
    By Robert Zubrin PhD


    "Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism"
    By Robert Zubrin PhD


    "Elon Musk: Telsa, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future"
    by Ashlee Vance

    • 1 hr 5 min
    After Talk for Episode 15 w/Robert Zubrin PhD

    After Talk for Episode 15 w/Robert Zubrin PhD

    Dr. Robert Zubrin joins the after talk for an in depth discussion on space exploration. He starts by telling us the story of his Mars Direct plan, the founding of the Mars Society, and his relationship with the young Elon Musk. We go on to discuss the technical and political challenges of sending human beings to Mars as well as his personal philosophyof human space exploration.


    To watch the video version of this interview, click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4cWRQo2_Iw


    If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this link: https://www.patreon.com/universeuniversity?fbclid=IwAR0GJjAwa3C1f8KKxDi7aeGVEO-Ou3dL10vmf1kQHjssQu5eEgmCkyNFMgw


    MUSIC:


    "Slow Burn" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    REFERENCES:


    "The Case for Space"
    By Robert Zubrin PhD


    "Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism"
    By Robert Zubrin PhD


    "Elon Musk: Telsa, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future"
    by Ashlee Vance
    Special Guest: Robert Zubrin.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 15: Life on Mars

    Episode 15: Life on Mars

    Mars has captivated the human imagination for generations. Yet the question remains: is there organic life on the Red Planet? If so, how can we search for it and what would such life be like? And what will day-to-day life be like for the first astronauts to set foot on Mars? The brilliant Dr. Robert Zubrin joins us to help answer some of these questions.


    If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this link: https://www.patreon.com/universeuniversity?fbclid=IwAR0GJjAwa3C1f8KKxDi7aeGVEO-Ou3dL10vmf1kQHjssQu5eEgmCkyNFMgw


    VOICE CREDIT: A very generous, anonymous Patreon contributor offered to act as the voice to Agustina Lusky because Lusky does not speak English as her first language. The words in the episode are entirely Lusky's words.


    REFERENCES:


    "The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must"
    By Robert Zubrin PhD


    "The Mars Underground" [2007 Documentary]
    Dir. Scott J. Gill


    "From Antarctica to Outer Space: Life in Isolation and Confinement"
    Edited by A.A. Harrison, Y.A. Clearwater, and C.P. McKay


    "Strife and Despair at South Pole Illuminate Psychology of Isolation"
    By Robert Reinhold, New York Times


    "A Brief History of Mars Missions" Space.com


    "Mars and Its Canals" by Percival Lowell


    MUSIC:


    "Nonstop" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Ossuary 6 - Air" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Infinite Perspective" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Thunderbird" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Perspectives" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Ossuary 1 - A begining" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Special Guest: Robert Zubrin.

    • 58 min
    After Talk for Episode 14 w/Nick Conant

    After Talk for Episode 14 w/Nick Conant

    Nick Conant, a science communicator and Theater Manager of the Fiske Planetarium, sits down for an After Talk about: Native American astronomy, craters, comets as a (proposed) water source on Earth, and the ethics of asteroid mining.


    If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this link: https://www.patreon.com/universeuniversity?fbclid=IwAR0GJjAwa3C1f8KKxDi7aeGVEO-Ou3dL10vmf1kQHjssQu5eEgmCkyNFMgw


    MUSIC:


    "Slow Burn" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Special Guest: Nick Conant.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 14: Harbingers of Cataclysm

    Episode 14: Harbingers of Cataclysm

    Centuries ago, the work of Edmond Halley demonstrated to the world that comets were not evil omens as many superstitious Europeans believed but celestial bodies in outer space. Even so, comets and asteroids could pose a direct threat to all life on Earth. The real question is whether humanity has the tools to meet that threat?


    If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this link: https://www.patreon.com/universeuniversity?fbclid=IwAR0GJjAwa3C1f8KKxDi7aeGVEO-Ou3dL10vmf1kQHjssQu5eEgmCkyNFMgw


    PHOTO CAPTION: Comet Lovejoy near the constellation Ursa Major
    NASA/MSFC/Jacobs Technology/ESSSA/Aaron Kingery


    REFERENCES:


    'Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas'
    by Alan Cook


    'The Day the Mesozoic Died: How the Story of the Dinosaurs' Demise was Uncovered'
    by Sean B. Carrol
    http://nautil.us/issue/32/space/the-day-the-mesozoic-died


    'Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni (1756-1827) and the origins of modern meteorite research'
    by Ursula B. Marvin


    'Asteroid Apocalypse? Why Scientists Worry About 2036 'Planet Buster'. Newsweek.com
    by Michio Kaku
    https://www.newsweek.com/asteroid-apocalypse-why-scientists-worry-about-2036-planet-buster-63395


    'Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission', NASA.gov
    https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dart


    MUSIC:


    "Shores of Avalon" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Perspectives" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Infinite Perspective" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Ossuary 1: A Begining" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


    "Ossuary 6: Air" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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