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The Astroholic Explains
19 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
43 - The Booty Blaster And The Quest For An Everlasting Message
Chris' gym workout on a machine he erroneously called "the booty blaster" inspired this episode where we discuss if it's possible to create something that will last as long as the universe. And that led us to a question for you, dear listener.
22 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
XS21 - In That Cafe In Not Paris...
Our Christmas Special this year is a peculiar tale of the intimate corners we might create as we leave Earth behind to live in space. It was written by Dr Russel Moul, as his first time penning a radio tale, with the excellent voice of The Astroholic Explains' team and the ever wonderful Katy Evans.
31 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
41 - Quickfire Round Vol. 2
We are at the final factual episode of season 3, so we went back to our very popular quickfire round format from season 2 and have once again crowdsourced many questions about the universe. Tune in to discover what happens if you try to hold a black hole, what's the biggest object in the universe, how many planets are out there, and how to make cocktails in microgravity.
33 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
40 - The Universe & The Divine
In this live recording of the podcast, hosted by the Central London Humanists, Alfredo and Chris tackle the surprising, the head-scratching, and sometimes the plainly absurd claims connecting the Universe with the divine. From alleged messages in the cosmic microwave background to the fine-tuning of the Universe, scientists, philosophers, and popes have had to grapple with what astronomy does and doesn’t tell us about humanity and religion.
23 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
39 - How To Find Life Beyond Earth Feat. Dr Mario Toubes-Rodrigo
Looking for life outside of our planet is far from easy, but researchers have many different tools they are using. We sat with Dr Mario Toubes-Rodrigo to discuss biosignatures and how we might eventually discover aliens.
16 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
38 - There's Gold In Them Thar Asteroids!
In this episode, we talk about everything related to "asteroid mining" from feasibility to legality to ethics. Are we going to get a futuristic gold rush in space?
14 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
37 - Made Of Stardust Feat. Ashley Walker
What does it mean that we are made of stardust? Come on a short journey with astrochemist Ashley Walker on how stars create all the elements that made us possible.
16 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
36 - What would I have to give up to live on Mars right now?
The harsh reality of life on Mars requires some hefty personal sacrifices. Here is a handy list of what you would have to give up to start fresh on another planet
46 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
35 - A.I. Astronomers AKA Making Alfredo Obsolete Ft. Dr Ashley Spindler
There are over 200 billion galaxies in the observable universe. Artificial Intelligence is now playing a crucial role in analyzing the cosmos around us. We spoke to astrophysicist Ashley Spindler whose work is breaking new galactic boundaries!
13 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
34 - The Do’s And Don’ts of Interstellar Communication
In this episode, we tackle interstellar communication with spacecraft that have left our solar system and how this could affect the search for extraterrestrial life
32 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
33 - Seeing The Inside Of Stellar Explosions With Neutrinos Feat Dr Jost Migenda
Every second of the day you’re being bombarded by billions of neutrinos. While you can’t detect them, there is a colossal experiment in Japan that can. Join us and special guest Dr Jost Migenda to find out what they can tell us about the cosmos!
13 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
32 - How Dark Is It In Space?
Exactly how dark is the cold void of space? Picture yourself in the interstellar depths: what would you be able to see? In this episode we'll find out this answer and why it is of cosmic importance.
39 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
31 - How To Turn The Sun Into A Giant Telescope Feat. Dr Slava Turyshev
No telescope lens that we can build will allow us to see an alien planet in detail, but there is a way to achieve incredible magnification. We just need to use the Sun as our "gravitational" lens!
31 minutes | May 20, 2021
30 - Will human astronauts ever go to worlds other than Mars?
All aboard for a grand tour of the solar system! We go planet to planet to evaluate the chances of humans exploring Earth’s neighbours in person.
45 minutes | May 6, 2021
29 - Sex in Space! Feat Dr Eleanor Armstrong & Akvile Terminaite
Dr Eleanor Armstrong & Akvile Terminaite join us in this new episode as we discuss the ins and outs of sex in space! We also talk tech and design to facilitate off-planet pleasure and why our vision of future exploration should center around people in all their identities and abilities!
45 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
XS20 - Death By Eclipse
Our Christmas special is finally here! This time we have a murder mystery set in a space hotel during a total solar eclipse featuring a full array of suspicious guests. Who among these peculiar characters is a murderer? Please enjoy our latest work: "Death by Eclipse" Starring (in order of appearance): Steven Di Costa as the Narrator, Chris Carpineti as Dafydd Morgan, Suze Kundu as Sonam Vikram, Sheldon Goodman. as Cecil Fox, Sacha Coward as Jules Child, Dean Garland as the Security Guard, Eleanor Armstrong as Emily Lawless, Karl Byrne as Montgomery Colt, Benjamin Couvin as Lucius Jeune, Alfredo Carpineti as Giovanni, Danielle Emina as Theophania, Vaneet Mehta as Malik, and with Katy Evans as the Countess! It was written and directed by Alfredo Carpineti, with Post-Production by Alfredo and Chris Carpineti, and with special thanks for support and encouragement to Trip Galey, Robert Berg, and Shaun O’Boyle!
16 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
27 - The Eleventh Passenger
Our final episode for season two is another fictional one. Our drama starts on a damaged starship at the edge of the solar system. Its commander has forgotten who she is, what she's doing there, and who the other passengers in this vessel are. The episode features the voices of Chris Carpineti, Danielle Emina, Dr Suze Kundu, Emily, Lucy & Claire Waller, Tom Hale, Sacha Coward, Katy Evans, Hannah Sabrun, Mufseen Miah, Anne Jones. There's a little teaser for our Christmas special at the end, voiced by Dr Steven Di Costa.
43 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
26 - The Quickfire Round
For the final factual episode of season 2, we have crowdsourced many questions about space. Tune in to discover how many atoms are in the universe, how we can tell that galaxies rotate, how we measure the speed of stars, what would happen if we blew up the Moon, and many more questions!
25 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
25 - A Dive Into Uranus & Neptune - Feat. Naomi Rowe-Gurney
Uranus and Neptune are the Ice Giants of the Solar System. We are joined by Naomi Rowe-Gurney, who specializes in studying their atmospheres to uncover their mysteries, from their diamond rains to their likely funky smells!
30 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
24 - Number 2 Violates The Prime Directive
A new fictional episode for you! A billionaire planning to nuke Mars send two hapless idiots to confirm that the planet is sterile. What could go wrong? We are also joined by Anuradha Damale to talk about nuclear weapons & space policy. This episode starred Sacha Coward as Andrew, Sheldon Goodman as Joe, Chris Carpineti as the Narrator, Trip Galey as Jeb Tusk, and Anne Jones as Janine. It was written by Alfredo Carpineti, and produced and edited by Chris Carpineti.
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