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Life on Mars
Life on Mars Podcast
A podcast about space colonization and what it means to live in a society.
Sep 5, 2020
Episode 9 - Machine Learning with Oliver Petri (a.k.a. Narrow Hal 9000)
After Michael and Melodie recap the Perseverence launch and Starship hop, Melodie speaks with guest Oliver Petri about machine learning. What does it mean? Should we be worried about it? How can it help us get to Mars, and thrive once there?
Aug 8, 2020
Episode 8 - Horticulture with Madeline Clarke (a.k.a. Space Cat)
Melodie speaks with guest Madeline Clarke, horticulture expert, virtual reality arcade operator, and sustainability enthusiast. Topics range from alternative crop structures, to mycology, to asteroid mining, and lots more. Keep your ears peeled for a special appearance by Zelda the cat-stronaut! Write to us at email@example.com, or @lifeonmarspod on Twitter.
Jul 4, 2020
Episode 7 - Terraforming (a.k.a. Jurassic Park in space)
Michael and Melodie recap the Crew Dragon launch during space news, before embarking on a discussion about Terraforming: the resources necessary to do it, the utilitarian case against it, and the alternatives. Many thanks to those who donated to Save the Children's Yemen relief fund, which can be found here: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/greater-middle-east-eurasia/yemen Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @lifeonmarspod.
Jun 20, 2020
Episode 6 - HI-SEAS with Ross Lockwood (a.k.a. Ikigai)
Michael and Melodie speak with Ross Lockwood about his experience with NASA's HI-SEAS Mars habitat simulation, his journey to becoming an astronaut ninja, and his philosophy on humanity's spacefaring future. Check out https://projectpossum.org/ Ikigai - happiness in living https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20170807-ikigai-a-japanese-concept-to-improve-work-and-life Donate to Save the Children's Yemen relief fund here: https://support.savethechildren.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2521&2521.donation=form1 Write to us at email@example.com or on Twitter @lifeonmarspod (where you can also find clickable links and additional info).
Jun 6, 2020
Episode 5 - Obstables (a.k.a. Self-Actualization Is For Venus)
Radiation shielding, toxic soil, social isolation, lack of atmosphere... Michael and Melodie discuss the obstacles early Martian colonists will face. Please visit ActBlue (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bailfunds) or the American Civil Liberties Union (https://www.aclu.org/) to contribute to legal funds for victims of state-sanctioned racist violence and police brutality around the world. Voter registration information can be found here for Canadians (https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=reg&document=index&lang=e) and here for USA (https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote). Volunteering to register new voters can be a crucial act of support if you are unable to donate. Visit Afrobiz World (https://www.afrobizworld.com/) for information on black-owned businesses to support. Please consider looking into local charities. Mobilizing small communities and civic engagement at a local level is key. Black Lives Matter.
May 23, 2020
Episode 4 - Martian Law with Daniel Ocho (a.k.a. Bouncy Rubber Handballs)
Melodie speaks with guest Daniel Ocho, attorney, screenwriter, and host of The Chase podcast. They discuss the pioneer mentality, anthropocentrism in the ethics of terraforming, and the importance of working privacy laws into the Martian constitution. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @lifeonmarspod.
May 9, 2020
Episode 3 - A Day in the Life (a.k.a. Rapid Unplanned Disassembly)
Hosts Michael and Melodie explore the daily schedule of Daniel, a hypothetical Martian colonist. Where does he sleep? What does he eat? What does he do for work? Contact us at email@example.com, and on Twitter @lifeonmarspod.
May 9, 2020
Episode 2 - Existential Risk (a.k.a. Last words are for fools)
Hosts Michael and Melodie delve into the Existential Risk Master list. They discuss the risks facing humanity, and whether establishing a self-sustaining colony on Mars could help humanity survive these risks. notonukes.org / Kurzgesagt Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and on Twitter @lifeonmarspod.
May 9, 2020
Episode 1 - Life Beyond Earth (a.k.a. Don't watch Ad Astra)
Hosts Michael Van Ryn (Industrial automation, software development) and Melodie Champagne (Enthusiastic layman) introduce Life on Mars: a podcast about space colonization, and what it means to live in a society. View Isaac Arthur's excellent series Outward Bound here. Contact us at email@example.com, and on Twitter @lifeonmarspod.