Universe University

Universe University

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A journey through astronomy and space history to the outer boundaries of the universe.


Bonus After Talk: Reflections on Mars (part 2 of 2)
May 27 • 48 min
Host and producer discuss the future of space travel and manned missions to Mars. If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this link:…
Bonus After Talk: Reflections on Mars (part 1 of 2)
May 20 • 65 min
Host and producer discuss the future of space travel and manned missions to Mars. If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this link:…
After Talk for Episode 15 w/Robert Zubrin PhD
Apr 20 • 103 min
Dr. Robert Zubrin joins the after talk for an in depth discussion on space exploration. He starts by telling us the story of his Mars Direct plan, the founding of the Mars Society, and his relationship with the young Elon Musk. We go on to discuss the…
Episode 15: Life on Mars
Apr 13 • 58 min
Mars has captivated the human imagination for generations. Yet the question remains: is there organic life on the Red Planet? If so, how can we search for it and what would such life be like? And what will day-to-day life be like for the first astronauts…
After Talk for Episode 14 w/Nick Conant
Feb 13 • 96 min
Nick Conant, a science communicator and Theater Manager of the Fiske Planetarium, sits down for an After Talk about: Native American astronomy, craters, comets as a (proposed) water source on Earth, and the ethics of asteroid mining. If you would like to…
Episode 14: Harbingers of Cataclysm
Jan 29 • 60 min
Centuries ago, the work of Edmond Halley demonstrated to the world that comets were not evil omens as many superstitious Europeans believed but celestial bodies in outer space. Even so, comets and asteroids could pose a direct threat to all life on Earth.…
Year-End-Review
Dec 31, 2019 • 86 min
Host and producer recap a year of podcasting in a holiday after talk.
After Talk for Episode 13 w/Alex Roland PhD
Dec 3, 2019 • 48 min
Professor Alex Roland discusses how he became a historian for NASA, the financial costs of the U.S. shuttle program, the concept of "buying in", and the enormous challenges of manned space travel. If you would like to make a contribution to the program,…
Episode 13: The Legend of Icarus
Nov 25, 2019 • 73 min
The space shuttle was a marvel of American ingenuity that ushered in a new era for the American space program. But the world would soon learn that reusable spacecraft were far from being perfect machines. Is the story of the U.S. shuttle program a tale of…
After Talk for Episode 12 w/ Guest Konnor Blunt
Oct 31, 2019 • 74 min
An after talk discussion with Konner Blunt from the Blunt Report on Halloween celebrations around the world, weather control, S.E.T.I. research, anthropomorphizing extraterrestrials, sleep paralysis, and UFOs. If you would like to make a contribution to…
Episode 12: The UFO Enigma
Oct 29, 2019 • 66 min
In the late 1940s, the United States military began to take an interest in reports of unidentified flying objects or U.F.O.s which included multiple projects designed to investigate and evaluate the sightings. Despite the fact that many UFO sightings were…
After Talk for Episode 11 w/guest Beth Gordon
Jul 19, 2019 • 84 min
Guest Beth Gordon chats about her wildly popular Instagram account (Spacewhippet), space museums around the country, the significance of Apollo 11, and the future of human space travel. If you would like to make a contribution to the program, click this…
Episode 11: One Small Step: 50 Years Later
Jul 15, 2019 • 93 min
Half a century ago this week, Apollo 11 set out to land on the moon. It was the culmination of hundreds of thousands of brilliant engineers working to make science fiction into science fact. But who were the three men who went on the journey? What did…
After Talk for Episode 10 w/Guest Michael Tremmel PhD
Jun 28, 2019 • 54 min
Michael Tremmel has a Bachelors Degree in physics and math from Northwestern University as well as a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Washington. He has written several publications in astrophysics journals about supermassive black holes and galaxy…
Episode 10: Black Holes: Windows to Oblivion
Jun 24, 2019 • 60 min
A European patent clerk with an overactive imagination revealed to the world the very fabric of space and time. But decades later, the discovery of black holes would reveal far more challenging facts about the nature of our universe: gaping holes in the…
After Talk for Episode 9
Apr 19, 2019 • 79 min
Guest Konner Blunt joins Chris and Blake for the after talk to discuss Pluto, the discipline of science, and life on Mars. Please listen to his shows at: iTunes:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-blunt-report/id1396353716 YouTube:…
Episode 9: Pluto: God of the Underworld
Apr 15, 2019 • 52 min
Discovered by an American farm boy in his early 20s, Pluto has captivated us for quite some time… but astronomers would later discover many other strange worlds within the outer boundaries of the solar system. And the mere existence of these worlds led to…
After Talk for Episode 8
Feb 22, 2019 • 101 min
In a longer than average after talk; Host and Producer discuss the famous 'face' on Mars, the Space Exploration Initiative under President Bush, NERVA nuclear rockets, the problem of space junk, finding life on other planets, and the options for traveling…
Episode 8: Musk’s Mars (By Way of Zubrin) [2 of 2]
Feb 18, 2019 • 56 min
Young entrepreneur Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with the hopes of building his own rockets and sending human beings to Mars. In the 21st century alone, we have seen startling revelations about the red planet. But Musk would soon find out that rocketry…
After Talk for Episode 7
Feb 15, 2019 • 52 min
Guest Vera Demchenko joins the after talk to discuss her work at the famous Green Bank Observatory, life on Mars, Elon Musk, and the value of space exploration. For listener questions and comments, email us here: show@universeuniversity.space MUSIC: "Slow…
Episode 7: Musk’s Mars (By Way of Zubrin) [part 1 of 2]
Feb 11, 2019 • 41 min
For some time now, human beings have been fascinated by the planet Mars, from its earthlike features to its potential for alien life. This world may hold vital clues as to whether or not human beings are alone in the universe. We've sent robots to explore…
After Talk for Episode 6
Jan 2, 2019 • 68 min
Host and Producer discuss space stations (including China's national space station), nuclear technology used for peaceful purposes, and Orion starships. For listener questions and comments, email us here: show@universeuniversity.space CORRECTIONS: The…
Episode 6: War and Space
Dec 31, 2018 • 52 min
Since the dawn of the space age, the governments and militaries of the world have prepared for war in outer space: from the early days of the Cold War to America's Air Force in the 21st century… from anti-satellite weapons to Soviet military space…
Christmas Special: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8
Dec 24, 2018 • 6 min
After Talk for Episode 5
Nov 21, 2018 • 96 min
Host and producer discuss Giordano Bruno's mystical beliefs, Neil deGrasse Tyson's politics, star gazing, light pollution, paradigm shifts in science, and the bible. For listener questions and comments, email us here: show@universeuniversity.space MUSIC:…
Episode 5: The Heretic
Nov 19, 2018 • 63 min
For centuries, humanity concieved of a cosmos with a fixed earth at its center with stars and planets orbiting around it. Then one day, an obscure Polish priest proposed an outlandish new theory. But it was Galileo and his telescope that would provide the…
Episode 5 Preview
Oct 31, 2018 • 1 min
For over a millenium, our understanding of the universe and our place within it had been deeply flawed. A few pioneers in astronomy concieved of the universe in a different way, challenging the established order. Yet one of them was more brazen than all…
After Talk for Episode 4 THE GRAND FINALE!
Oct 24, 2018 • 87 min
Host and producer talk about moon landings, review the film 'First Man', Space X, talk recent news about the Soyuz, and look forward towards future episodes. CORRECTION: In reality, Neil Armstrong did not bring a bracelet from his deceased daughter along…
Episode 4: Into the Great Wide Open (Part 3 of 3)
Oct 22, 2018 • 79 min
In the thrilling conclusion to our three part series, the space race comes to a conclusive end with the first attempts to send human beings to the moon. In the late 1960s, the Soviet Union's once unstoppable space program suffered a serious setback but…
After Talk for Episode 3
Oct 17, 2018 • 91 min
Host and producer discuss the physical hardships of space travel and the life threatening risks that astronauts take. CORRETION: B.C. actually does stand for "Before Christ". It is a common misconception that A.D. stands for "After Death" rather than…
Episode 3: Into the Great Wide Open (Part 2 of 3)
Oct 15, 2018 • 72 min
America continued to strive to take the lead in the space race with Project Gemini but the Soviet Union's brilliant Chief Designer seemed to be ahead of them at every turn. America's efforts during this time resulted in some great victories in the space…
After Talk for Episode 2
Oct 10, 2018 • 62 min
Host (Chris) and producer (Blake) discuss the physical rigors of space travel, roller coasters, Nazi ethics, and the first human spaceflight. For listener questions and comments, email us here: show@universeuniversity Intro Music By "Slow Burn" Kevin…
Episode 2: Into the Great Wide Open (Part 1 of 3)
Oct 8, 2018 • 76 min
In mankind's most brutal and barbaric century, we witnessed the dawn of a new era: the space age. Born of wartime conflict, the modern rocket would become the chariot that carried human beings outside of the atmosphere and into outer space. But no human…
After Talk for Episode 1
Oct 3, 2018 • 23 min
Host (Chris) and producer (Blake) have a discussion on E.T.s, quantum physics, H.G. Wells, and how human beings panic during a disaster. For listener questions and comments, email here: show@universeuniversity Intro Music By "Slow Burn" Kevin MacLeod…
Episode 1: When E.T. Calls
Oct 1, 2018 • 50 min
Astronomers are already searching for signs of microscopic alien life on Mars and elsewhere but is there intelligent life in the universe? Are there advanced, technological civilizations like our own on other planets? Many astronomers believe the answer…
An Introduction
Sep 26, 2018 • 2 min
At Universe University, former planetarium presenter Chris Grant will be taking listeners on an adventure through astronomy, theoretical physics, and the history of human spaceflight. Each new episode will include an aftertalk with discussion as well as…