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Searching for extraterrestrial life: is it telephoning aliens or really complicated math equations? Join Senior Scientist Paul Doherty, NASA Ames planetary Scientist Eric Wegryn, and SETI's Senior Scientist Seth Shostak as they explore how to find planets that could support life. How many of these planets are there? How did we find them? When will we know for sure?

SETI is a scientific effort seeking to determine if there is intelligent life outside Earth. We were at Aricebo Radio Observatory in March 2003 when scientists listened to the most promising transmissions from UC Berkeley’s SETI@home search. Join the Exploratorium’s Ron Hipschman and special guest Dan Werthimer, chief scientist and principal investigator for the SETI Institute’s efforts, including Arecibo Observatory’s search of artificial radio signals coming from other stars.

How can a mathematical equation frame the question of life in the universe? We’ll talk with Frank Drake, one of the founders of the SETI Institute, about his famous equation and how it frames the search for signs of intelligent life in the universe.

Produced by students from San Francisco's Aim High Program. Today they ask, how do our ears work? Can we communicate without words? How do whales communicate under water? Why don't bats slam into trees as they fly? Middle school students will interview Exploratorium Educator Ken Finn and Biologist Dr. Karen Kalumuck, plus special surprise guests!

This episode of Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live radio show explores the places where science and entertainment intersect. In this broadcast: Kevin Kelly of Wired Magazine; Lawrence Weschler, author of "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of Thing One Sees"; The Canadian Brass Ensemble; physics chanteuse Lynda Williams; and Jonathan Schooler with a memory wine-tasting.