Into the Impossible
By Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
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A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each month, we'll bring you into a conversation between visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, and medicine on the nature of the imagination and how, through speculative culture, we collaborate to create the future, with interviews by Clarke Center leaders Sheldon Brown, Brian Keating, Erik Viirre, and Patrick Coleman.
||CleanEpisode 17: Graphic Science||On May 8th, the Clarke Center will host an evening of Graphic Science: Comics Engage the Cosmos. In advance of that, associate director Brian Keating chatted with Jorge Cham, creator of PHD Comics, and Daniel Whiteson, physicist at UC Irvine, about thei||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Alien Contact: Part 2||We’re continuing our conversation from episode 14 about alien contact by focusing on language barriers: barriers betweens humans and aliens, humans and animals, and, in what some consider the most alien encounter of all, between scientists and artists||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemembering Stephen Hawking||In 2007, Erik Viirre, Associate Director of the Clarke Center, was fortunate to share a unique experience with the great Stephen Hawking: taking him into zero gravity. He shares his remembrance of the intellectual giant with Brian Keating here, in honor||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Dark Matter||We’re going to get pretty dark today... by exploring dark matter, with one of the foremost theorists in physics: Sir Roger Penrose. Dr. Penrose visited the Clarke Center this past January to deliver a talk titled “New Cosmological View of Dark Matte||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Alien Contact||Were digging in the vaults to explore ideas of alien contact, with Jill Tarter (SETI Institute) and Jeff VanderMeer (bestselling author of the Southern Reach trilogy). Well talk about the Drake Equation, the faulty math of the film Contact, manifest des||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Life on the Moon||It’s the end of 2017, but we’ll spend this episode living, imaginatively, in the 2080s, on the first lunar city, called Artemis. Artemis is the invention of Andy Weir, the author of The Martian and another of the great science fiction writers to hav||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Speculative CubeSats||How can CubeSats—the small, standardized satellites paving the way for the democratization of space—change our sense of the possible? We dive into two projects: the Planetary Societys Lightsail 2, with Director of Science and Technology Bruce Betts,||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Andy Weir (author of The Martian and Artemis)||We have a mid-month bonus episode with Andy Weir, author of the novel The Martian, so memorably adapted in the film starring Matt Damon, and the new book Artemis, which launches today! Our own Brian Keating, author of the forthcoming Losing the Nobel Pr||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Stranger Things (While Podcasting); or On Fear and Imagination||In honor of Halloween, were exploring the relationship between fear and imagination. First, a story about when the production of this very podcast was visited by a demon from the Upside Down (maybe?). Then, a conversation with Christopher Collins, autho||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Pictures, Pastries, and the Matter of the Universe||Physics is cool—and sometimes very hard to understand. Today we talk to Duncan Haldane, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize, about quantum topology and why the Nobel committee brought a bagel, a pretzel, and a bun to the award ceremony to explain his ideas||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Artificial Imagination||We kick off Season 2 of Into the Impossible by diving into the world of artificial imagination. As the artificial intelligence dream comes closer to AI reality, are the doomsday stories about AI correct—or will AI augment human imagination in unexpect||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Fantastica, with George R.R. Martin and Kim Stanley Robinson||Science fiction and fantasy have gone from the sidelines to the mainstream. We bring you a live conversation between two of the fields living legends, George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire,” adapted for television as Game of Thrones, the Wild||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: New Spaces||We’re looking at new spaces in space, speaking with Drs. Yvonne Cagle (astronaut and physician) and Adam Burgasser (astrophysicist). We talk about why we send humans into space, the discovery of potentially habitable worlds at TRAPPIST-1 and how we im||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Designing the Future||How do you design the future? Today we talk with cyberpunk founder and design theorist Bruce Sterling and feminist/activist writer Jasmina Tešanović about speculative design, design fictions, open source hardware, the maker movement, and the soft robo||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus #1: Entanglements with Rae Armantrout||In advance of our upcoming event Entanglements: Rae Armantrout and the Poetry of Physics, we have a bonus episode: a conversation between the inimitable poet Rae Armantrout and Clarke Center cosmologist Brian Keating. Enjoy! And join us April 13, 2016 a||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Limits of Understanding||On this episode, we’re touching up against the outer limits of cosmology, and through that bringing up questions of limits on the imagination, the role of theology, and the end (and ends) of the universe. First, we’ll hear Paul Steinhardt on develop||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: How to Make a Spaceship||How do you jumpstart the private spaceflight industry? Passion, commitment, bold risk-taking, some inspiration from Charles Lindbergh, and a little luck. On todays show, we hear from Peter Diamandis, whose XPRIZE Foundation launched the competition that||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Hard Problem||Today is an unusual and very special episode of Into the Impossible. In winter of 2015, the Clarke Center produced a collaborative project with the performance artist Marina Abramović and the science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. The multi-day w||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Becoming a Galactic Wonder||We’re looking at wonder and imagination today, through the plays of Herbert Siguenza (playwright, actor, and director; founding member of Culture Clash) that take us from Pablo Picasso in 1957 to a post-apocalyptic California, and the art (and green t||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Imagining the Impossible||How do we imagine the impossible? On today’s episode, we talk to physicists and writers (and writer-physicists) about this question. Along the way, we’ll touch on a range of topics, from how to detect gravitational waves to how the hippies saved phy||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
"The only thing we can say about this podcast is that it will be absolutely fantastic!"
Experimental resarch into the unpinnings of creativity, inspired by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, renaissance man who blended art, science, and culture into one.
In the tradition of Freakonomics, Science Fantastic with Michio kaku, and other intellectually expansive content, Into the Impossible reaches deeply into intersections of science and self-awareness to stimulate imagination and provoke thought. The Clarke Center is a unique institution that the intellectually curious will enjoy learning about.
Enlightening Discussions w/ Todays Brightest Minds
Great podcast exploring the intersection of science, innovation, culture, and human nature. Highly recommended.
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