Big PIcture Science Radio Show - Say La Vie

Say la VieResearchers have discovered life in a buried Antarctic lake. But we’re not surprised. Life is amazingly adaptive. Expose it to any environment – heat, ice, acid or even jet fuel – and thrives. But this discovery of life under the ice may have exciting implications for finding biology beyond Earth.

Scientists share their discovery, and how they drilled down through a half-mile of ice.

Also, plunge into another watery alien world with director James Cameron, and the first solo dive to the deepest, darkest part of the ocean.

Plus, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist tries to create life in his lab to learn more about biology’s origins, and martian fossils abound in Robert J. Sawyer’s latest sci-fi novel.


  • Helen Amanda Fricker – Glaciologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego
  • Jill Mikucki – Microbiologist at the University of Tennessee
  • Chris McKay – Planetary scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Jack Szostak – Nobel Prize winning chemist, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital
  •  James Cameron – film director and explorer-in-residence for National Geographic
  • Robert J. Sawyer – Hugo Award-winning author; most recently: Red Planet Blues