Season Four

S04E01 Making Contact - With Dr Douglas Vakoch

Douglas Vakoch, PhD is President of METI , a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to transmitting intentional signals to nearby stars, as well as fostering sustainability of human civilization on multigenerational timescales—a prerequisite for a project that could take centuries or millennia to succeed. He is an elected member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Institute for Space Law Prior to founding METI, for sixteen years Dr. Vakoch worked at the SETI Institute, where he was Director of Interstellar Message Composition. He is also the Director of Green Psychotherapy, PC, a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.


S04E02 UFO's + The Government - With Mr Robert Powell

Robert has a BS in Chemistry and is a former collegiate debater. He has 28 years experience in engineering management in the semiconductor industry. While working at Advanced Micro Devices he has taken numerous internal courses related to device physics, design of experiments, and statistical analysis. He helped Advanced Micro Devices develop its first flash memory technology that is used in today’s flash cards for cameras, PCs, video cameras, and other products. His experience includes managing a state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory and managing a Research and Development group that worked on nanotechnology using atomic force microscopes, near-field optical microscopy, and other techniques. Robert is also a co-holder of four patents related to nanotechnology.

Robert Powell is a Board member of the Scientific Coaltion for Ufology (SCU). He was the Director of Research at MUFON from 2007-2017 and created MUFON's Science Review Board in 2012. Robert is one of two authors of the detailed radar/witness report on the “Stephenville Lights” as well as the SCU report "UAP: 2013 Aguadilla, Puerto Rico". He is also the primary author on the recently published paper, “A Forensic Analysis of Navy Carrier Strike Group Eleven’s Encounter with an Anomalous Aerial Vehicle.” Robert is a member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, the UFODATA project, and the National Space Society. Robert is active with FOIA requests to various government organizations to obtain information on historical cases and is a co-author of a book published in July 2012: UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry. Robert currently resides in Austin, Texas.


S04E03 Planetary Habitability - With Professor Manasvi Lingam

Manasvi's research is primarily in the domains of plasma astrophysics and astrobiology. In the former area, he has undertaken research in plasma waves, magnetic reconnection, dynamos and turbulence, and applications of these mechanisms to astrophysical environments.

 In astrobiology, he is particularly interested in understanding the various physical processes that regulate planetary habitability, and studying the ensuing biological implications. 


S04E04 Alien Invasions - With Dr Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak is involved with the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life at the SETI Institute in California—trying to find evidence that there’s someone out there. He is also committed to getting the public, especially young people, excited about astrobiology and science in general.  He hosts the radio show/podcast “Big Picture Science.”


S04E05 Astrobiology - With Professor Paul Davies

Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling science author of 31 books. He has published hundreds of research papers and review articles across a range of scientific fields. He is also well-known as a media personality and science popularizer in several countries. 

He holds the position of Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, where he is Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. His research interests have focused mainly on quantum gravity, early universe cosmology, the theory of quantum black holes and the nature of time. He has also made important contributions to the field of astrobiology, and was an early advocate of the theory that life on Earth may have originated on Mars. For several years he has also been running a major cancer research project, and developed a new theory of cancer based on tracing its deep evolutionary origins. 

Among his many awards are the 1995 Templeton Prize, the Faraday Prize from The Royal Society, the Kelvin Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics, the Robinson Cosmology Prize and the Bicentenary Medal of Chile. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in the 2007 Queen's birthday honours list and the asteroid 6870 Pauldavies is named after him. His more recent books include "The Demon in the Machine", "About Time", "The Origin of Life", "The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life?", "How to Build a Time Machine" and "The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?"