Jill Tarter works at the SETI Institute, where scientists seek evidence of extraterrestrial life in the universe by looking for some signatures of its technology. "The amount of searching that we've done in 50 years is equivalent to scooping one 8-ounce glass out of the Earth's ocean," she says.
HBO's new behind-the-anchor-desk drama The Newsroom follows in the footsteps of Aaron Sorkin's hit series The West Wing. Also, actress Sigourney Weaver talks about her miniseries Political Animals. And David Edelstein reviews the latest Batman movie.
The great Latin band leader Eddie Palmieri has just received a Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, for his lifetime of achievement in jazz. Fresh Air honors the Latin band leader with excerpts from a 1994 interview.
Colson Whitehead's novel Zone One is a post-apocalyptic tale of a Manhattan crippled by a plague and overrun with zombies. He explains that he created the novel, in part, to pay homage to the grimy 1970s New York of his childhood.
In 2008, "Boston" Bill Hansbury was learning to live with a prosthetic leg when he met Jake Bainter, who was about to have his right leg amputated. The two struck up a friendship, despite their wide age gap: Hansbury was 70, and Jake was 7.
Reporter David Kirkpatrick, the Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, reflects on his time reporting on the Arab Spring and discusses what the election of President Mohammed Morsi means for Egypt, the United States and Israel.
The Vatican recently announced that it would completely make over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious because of its "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith." Sister Pat Farrell, who heads the organization, says many of the charges are unsubstantiated.
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