The SETI Institute’s Science Radio Show Joins Discovery Channel Radio Lineup

The SETI Institute’s weekly radio program about life on and beyond Earth, "Are We Alone?" will begin broadcast on Discovery Channel Radio in March. The show, a growing favorite with podcast listeners, now joins Discovery’s new radio network, a premier outlet for programs devoted to the coverage of science and technology.

“Are We Alone?” features interviews and commentary with scientists who are trying to understand how life began on our world and how we might find it elsewhere, on topics ranging from planetary science to evolutionary biology and string theory.

“Nearly everyone’s interested in finding life beyond Earth,” says SETI Institute’s senior astronomer Seth Shostak, host of the show. “Our program examines that, of course, but we also cover related science on the nature and origin of life on our own planet.”

While the SETI Institute is best known for its searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, its scientists also investigate topics in biology, geology, and planetary science, endeavors drawn together in a new field of research known as astrobiology.

Listeners to “Are We Alone?” are as likely to hear about the weirdness of dark matter, the seafaring grit of Captain Cook, or the future of machine intelligence, as they are about the potential for life on Mars or Venus. A regular segment, “Life, But Not As We Know It,” highlights the latest research from NASA Astrobiology Institute.

“Frankly, our program is about exploration, in the widest possible sense,” says Shostak.

The show features interviews with well-known researchers and visionaries, including evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, physicist Brian Greene, Mars rover scientist Stephen Squyres, NASA chief Michael Griffin, writers KC Cole and Dava Sobel, philosopher Daniel Dennett and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

The expanded distribution of “Are We Alone?” provided by Discovery Channel comes at a time when many media outlets – including television and major newspapers – have been forced to reduce their science coverage.

“Are We Alone?” delivers compelling science, but also thoughtful and often humorous commentary.

“Our show is about serious science, but we think it’s also important to be entertaining,” says Molly Bentley, Executive Producer of the program. “It’s possible to engage people without dumbing-down the content.”

The program also puts a premium on critical thinking and takes on pseudo-science once a month with “Skeptical Sunday.” Listeners can hear experts disassemble the evidence for claims of psychic abilities, saucer-sailing aliens, and the existence of Bigfoot.

Discovery Channel Radio will begin broadcasting “Are We Alone?” March 1, 2006.  The hour-long program will air on Sirius Satellite three times per week – Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m., with repeats on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 10:00 p.m., EST.

About the SETI Institute

The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.

The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach.

Founded in 1984, the Institute today employs over 100 scientists, educators and support staff.

About Discovery Channel Radio

Discovery Channel Radio brings the best in real-world entertainment from Discovery’s family of networks – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Times Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Military Channel, and Discovery Kids.

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About SETI Institute

Founded in 1984, the SETI Institute is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary research and education organization whose mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe. Our research encompasses the physical and biological sciences and leverages expertise in data analytics, machine learning and advanced signal detection technologies.  The Institute is a distinguished research partner for industry, academia and government agencies, including NASA and NSF.