Contact (Carl Sagan) : Episode 22

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What: In Contact SETI discovers a legitimate alien signal and then we love Carl Sagan so much.
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Bill Clinton, David Morse, William Fichtner

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Contact by Carl Sagan
The book on which the film is based. And the film is excellent, so.
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Cosmos  (1980)
The classic TV show that made everyone fall in love with science. So full of poetry and beauty.
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Cosmos (2015)
Neil deGrasse Tyson updates the classic Cosmos. Colbert said it was really good!
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Show Notes

Carl Sagan

Our love for Carl. How his character and interests manifest in the characters in the film.


What it is. Why it is. Why is doesn’t get taken seriously. Their website.

Real Science

The story of Carl’s question for Kip Thorn producing actual time travel science. Black holes and wormholes.

Carl’s Model Scientist

The Jodie Foster character really emulates Carl in a lot of ways. Also partially based on SETI astronomer Jill Tarter.

Role Models/Parents

The dad in the movie. Carl Sagan’s gentle and understanding skepticism.


How to communicate with aliens. Dimensions and moves of communication.


No one trusts atheists. Our feelings on the Jodie Foster character and our own positions on things.


Showing green across the board. All systems go.

I’m okay to go!

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