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Ann Druyen on the Space episode

Monday, July 21, 2008 - 10:33 AM

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Here at Radiolab we’ve been known to tinker with sound... cutting music, ambi, and big ideas all together to get the point across in the most fun, interesting and understandable way. It’s not your typical public radio interview. Recently, we decided to check in with some of the guests on past episodes to see what they thought. Were they over-edited? Mis-represented? Did they love the show? Hate it?

In the Space episode Ann Druyan, widow of Carl Sagan, told us a story about the Voyager expedition, true love, and golden record that travels through space.

Listen to part of the episode at the top of the page.

Here's what Ann Druyan thought of it! (She's speaking with intern Linda Evarts):


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Comments [5]

diane wolkstein from nyc

beautiful. inspiring. so human. Annie speaks of "half a dozen flawed human beings" as well as love and vastness. i appreciated the comments of the other speakers--speck upon speck upon speck. But the story of Annie and Carl's love is the highlight for me.
thank you, radio lab.

Jul. 25 2011 12:23 PM

I love this piece. Beautiful, eloquent, romantic, and optimistic.

Jul. 29 2008 02:47 PM
Soledad Robledo


Jul. 24 2008 02:25 PM
Sue Conrad

As an amateur scientist and huge science fiction lover, I am deeply impressed with the optimism of the Voyager project. Ann Druyan's interview beautifully expressed why we need to try to make contact with other possible sapient beings even with little chance of ever succeeding.

I think that this is one of the best Radio Lab shows in the series, having listened to all of them. They're always thought provoking and have often given me new insight into how we work.


Jul. 24 2008 02:10 PM

Thank you for this real story of interstellar and terrestrial communication.
Some artists with "disabilities" and I have created a cast aluminum interstellar record sculpture that will be placed in the vibrant geophysical environment of Taylors Falls, MN in October. We have added the visual art that represents life on earth to the interstellar record that was excluded from the original record.
We thank Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan and others for their vision and determination to extend communication and true love to unspecified recipients.
Thank you.
Sara Hanson

Jul. 22 2008 11:28 PM

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