Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life” by Jim Al-Khalili (Picador, 2017)


We live in an incredible age. It’s seems like almost each week now new constellations of exoplanets are being found, while the number of Goldilocks-zone Earth-like planets grows in number. The possibilities of alien life existing in the universe seems more realistic than ever.

In Aliens, Jim Al-Khalili brings together a collection of articles from a wide range of authors with varied science backgrounds: NASA planetary scientists, cosmologists, geneticists, astrophysicists and many more, bringing the latest theories and scientific research on the subject of alien life and the many permutations relating to it. Beginning with the basics, the book explores the idea that if alien life exits, where is it most likely to be found, ranging from the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, to Alpha Centauri and other far-flung galaxies. What will space travel be like in the near future and the distant future? What are the technologies being currently worked on for space travel? With the blossoming subject matter of artificial intelligence, how useful and necessary will AI be in the future? And will it one day be possible for robots to take over humans?

For a short book, there’s a lot packed into this volume that opens the reader’s mind to so many possibilities on a variety of subjects all tying in with the belief that there may be little green men out there. With the article format, it’s a handy book to flip through, read on the go, or quickly gobble up from start to finish.

Originally written on July 23, 2017 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Ostium Mini Episode: Season One Musicology Part 1

The first of a two-part series on the musicology of Ostium Season 1, where Alex C. Telander sits down with Chris Fletcher – the voice of Jake and the composer behind the music – and talks about how the music for Ostium started, how he works, what some of his influences are, and much more.

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If you want more Ostium, why not become a patron on our Patreon page, where for just $2 a month you’ll get access to an exclusive brand new mini episode every two weeks (and this includes all through the offseason); and during the regular season of the show you’ll get access to new episodes a full week before everyone else. Alternatively, you could also make a one-time donation and help support Ostium on our website.

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Thanks for listening and see you in two weeks.

 

Ostium Short Minis: Ten Questions with Sara & Ten Questions with Alex

In the third of the four-part “Ten questions” series, listeners get to hear from our resident artist, Sara Warren.

Music featured in this mini episode is by Komiku courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

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In the final of the four-part “Ten questions” series, listeners get to hear from yours truly, Alex C. Telander, writer and producer for Ostium.

Music featured in this mini episode is by Marcos H. Bolanos courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

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For the first time, the Ostium Podcast is up for some Audioverse Awards. Show your love and appreciation, or let others know about this strange show about a very strange place. Click on the banner above or the logo below or follow this link. And here are the categories Ostium is nominated in.

Best Original Composition for an Ongoing Production
The Ostium Theme Song by Chris Fletcher for The Ostium Podcast

Best Original Composition for a Dramatic Production
The Ostium Theme Song by Chris Fletcher for The Ostium Podcast

Best Original Composition for a New Production
The Ostium Theme Song by Chris Fletcher for The Ostium Podcast

Best Audio Engineering for an Outgoing Production
Alex C. Telander for The Ostium Podcast

Best Audio Engineering for a dramatic Production
Alex C. Telander for The Ostium Podcast

Best Audio Engineering for a New Production
Alex C. Telander for The Ostium Podcast

Best Writing for an Ongoing Production
Alex C. Telander for The Ostium Podcast

Best Writing for a New Production
Alex C. Telander for The Ostium Podcast

Best Ongoing Production
The Ostium Podcast

Best Dramatic Production
The Ostium Podcast

Best New Production
The Ostium Podcast

Best Actress in a Supporting Role for a Dramatic Production
Georgia Mackenzie as Monica in The Ostium Podcast

Best Actress in a Supporting Role for a New Production
Georgia Mackenzie as Monica in The Ostium Podcast

Best Actor in a Leading Role for a Dramatic Production
Chris Fletcher as Jake Fisher in The Ostium Podcast

Best Actor in a Leading Role for a New Production
Chris Fletcher as Jake Fisher in The Ostium Podcast

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Ostium Short Minis: “Ten Questions with Chris” & “Ten Questions with Georgia”

In the first of the four-part “Ten questions” series, listeners get to hear from the voice of Jake Fisher and all around music guy, Chris Fletcher.

Music featured in this mini episode is courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

In the second of the four-part “Ten questions” series, listeners get to hear from the talented voice of Monica.

Music featured in this mini episode is by Komiku courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

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If you want more Ostium, why not become a patron on our Patreon page, where for just $2 a month you’ll get access to an exclusive brand new mini episode every two weeks (and this includes all through the offseason); and during the regular season of the show you’ll get access to new episodes a full week before everyone else. Alternatively, you could also make a one-time donation and help support Ostium on our website, www.ostiumpodcast.com.

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“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann (Doubleday, 2017)


David Grann fans have been waiting for his next book – much as I have – impatiently for some time. After the both fascinating and adventurous Lost City of Z (with the movie coming close to release), and the entertaining and thrilling collection of articles, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, Grann turns to a new subject, the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI in Killers of the Flower Moon, a story that is both sobering and compelling. Few may be completely familiar with this unique story, but by the end of the book, will be unable to forget.

As a New York Times staff writer, David Grann is used to diving very deep into a story, and not coming up for air until he’s gleaned every detail and piece of evidence he can from it. In the 1920s, the people of the Osage Indian Nation of Oklahoma were among some of the richest on the planet because vast amounts of oil was found on their land. For the oil tycoons to get at that oil, the Osage had to be paid and paid well. And then, strangely, hauntingly, members of the Osage began to disappear one by one; bodies turned up, dead, mutilated, horribly murdered. And for those that chose to investigate, they often met an unexpected end; the local law enforcement were not required to do anything about it, choosing to turn a blind eye.

The fresh and new Federal Bureau of Investigation, run by a young director, J. Edgar Hoover, wanted to put a stop to this, to end these horrific killings, and make the bureau look like the shining beacon of law enforcement and protection that Hoover wanted it to be for the American people. Hoover tapped the shoulder of a former Texas Ranger, one Tom White, to try to get to the bottom of the mystery. What follows is the riveting story of how this was done, how the perpetrators were found, how the murderers were eventually, finally brought to justice, and how those of the Osage nation were able to find some peace in all this death.

Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon is one of those books that goes beyond a story, to something greater and more important. The reader is left wondering why we don’t all know this story, why it isn’t taught in history classes, why more hasn’t been done for those who have already suffered so much. One hopes Grann will receive some weighty awards for this moving book, as it will serve to get many others across the world to read it and learn of this incredible and tragic story.

Originally written on July 23, 2017 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Ostium Mini Episode: EMU #6 – The End of the Beginning

In the final EMU mini episode of the season, Dave finally makes it to the States. The question remains whether he can find this secret town called Ostium, and if and when he does, will he find Jake and Monica inside?

Written and performed by Alex C. Telander.

Warning, this episode contains explicit language.

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