What’s Beyond Earth?

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Have you ever wondered “What’s out there?”
What is out there? Beyond Earth, beyond the sky, beyond the atmosphere, beyond the moon, even beyond our solar system?

Peering Into Space TED Radio Beyond Earth
Source: NPR

At EWC, we are avid Podcast listeners. In fact, I spend all of my driving, exercising, and free time listening to Podcasts–you can check out some of my favorites here. We want to spread the Podcast bug, so today I have decided to feature one of my favorite Podcast episodes ever (Yes, ever).

As you know, we are also big fans of TED Talks, and in an incredible intersection of our favorite ways to consume media, there is a fantastic Podcast called the TED Radio Hour. We get a lot of the TED Talks we feature here from the Podcast!

So, what is the TED Radio Hour? Well, each episode centers around a theme,  and like the talks themselves, the weekly themes span a wide range of subjects. Over the course of the hour, you not only get to hear excerpts from some wonderful TED Talks, but also interviews with the speakers. This format allows you to understand the talk in greater depth, as well as get to know lives and life experiences of the speakers.

My favorite TED Radio Hour episode is called, “Peering Into Space.” It features Brian Greene, Phil Plait, and Jill Tarter, giving us insights into our place in the universe, and what lies beyond earth.

So, without further ado, here is “Peering Into Space:”

Now, if you don’t have time right now to listen to the whole thing, at least listen to Jill Tarter’s interview. It has shaped the way I look at the world, life, and the future of humanity. She beautifully puts into perspective how inane is our violence, hatred, and intolerance of one another. It’s the best 12 minutes of radio I have ever listened to! Check it out:

So, there is a little perspective on our place in the universe!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Podcast recommendation.  In the future, I hope to send more your way! If you liked today’s recommendation, please subscribe to the TED Radio hour, however you get your Podcasts!

We are always looking for more Podcast recommendations, so if you have any, please send them our way!

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

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