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Seth Shostak: Dimed Out Podcast: S2, E8

Seth Shostak Dimed Out Podcast Season 2, Episode 8

Alright gang, this week I'm joined by renowned, senior astronomer Dr Seth Shostak.

Dr Seth Shostak was kind enough to sit down and talk to me about his work with SETI. The search for intelligent life in the cosmos and a whole host of things that are alien related. If you too, want to believe, then this one is most definitely for you.


  • Start of Conversation with Seth (What is SETI?) – 4:55
  • Extraterrestrial Artefacts – 6:15
  • SETI’s search for Radio Signals – 9:15
  • BLC1  – 11:06
  • Why haven’t we established contact YET? – 14:21
  • Technological mismatch with Extraterrestrials – 15:59
  • Have we established contact, but it hasn’t been made publicly known? – 17:07
  • When we do make contact, is it ever likely to result in a dialogue of sorts? – 22:08
  • Is there any realistic expectation of what physical form Extraterrestrials may take? – 25:20
  • Extraterrestrials in technological form (Alien A.I) – 29:53
  • Should we looking to make contact with Extraterrestrials in the first place? – 33:37
  • Is there a projected or estimated timeline for when contact will be made? – 37:51


  • Carl Sagan Award for the Popularization of Science
  • Klumpke Roberts Award for Astronomy Popularization
  • Host of Big Picture Science
  • Has a number of publications and books to his name – including ‘Confessions of an Alien Hunter’

Seth claims to have developed an interest in extraterrestrial life at the tender age of ten, when he first picked up a book about the Solar System. This innocent beginning eventually led to a degree in radio astronomy, and now, as Senior Astronomer, Seth is an enthusiastic participant in the Institute’s SETI observing programs. 

In addition, Seth is keen on outreach activities: interesting the public – and especially young people – in science in general, and astrobiology in particular. He’s co-authored a college textbook on astrobiology, and has written three trade books on SETI. In addition, he’s published more than 400 popular articles on science including regular contributions to NBC News MACH, gives many dozens of talks annually, and is the host of the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, ‘Big Picture Science.’


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