“Call Your Dad” – TWP050


Anson asks Branan to delve into his father’s mysterious past, a request which leads our hosts into a discussion about aging, the vagaries of the unconscious, and the incredible power of responsibility. Now call your dad.

Episode links:

Radiolab’s amazing episode “What’s Up, Doc?”

Travel Light by Jason Shaw is provided via a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license.

Jake Weber – “The Photograph” – TWP049


Many years ago, Anson saw a photograph on Jake’s wall. It was a young Mick Jagger sitting next to an eight year old boy. When Anson asked if the boy was Jake’s younger self, he only got a one word answer: “Yeah.” Fifteen years later, Jake finally shares the story of how that photograph came to be on his wall and the heartbreaking childhood surrounding it.

“Treated Acoustic Guitar” is provided by Sleep You Resting Giant via a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

“Overdriven Melancholic Guitar” is provided by Monplaisir via a Creative Commons 1.0 Universal license.

Some photos from Dominique Tarle’s book “Exile”.

Dr. Douglas Vakoch, Part 2 – “To Work Without Guarantees” – TWP048


Our species cannot comprehend the time and distances inherent in interstellar communication. But noone understands this conundrum better than astrobiologist Douglas Vakoch. A year and a half after our first interview we catch up with his METI project to find out what it is like to dedicate one’s life to the longest term project in the history of human endeavor.

Episode Links:


Georgina Torbet

Sonar Calling – The organization that collaborated with METI to send music to a distant solar system.

His Master’s Voice by Stanislav Lem

Carl Sagan’s hysterical but brilliant description of Flatland.