Episode 41 - The Very Large Array Telescope (2010: The Year We Make Content)

Sunrise at the Very Large Array Telescope (VLA), and Drs. Floyd and Moisevitch have to plan a bi-lateral salvage operation between opposing world powers in less than two minutes.

It's 2010's new space race, as filmed during the Cold War in '84. 

Dial in on the real-life function and history of the world's largest radio telescope array, and its ever-expanding future!

Plus: the NICER way of radio scanning, planning a trip to Jupiter, and Lewis & Clarke! (Clive & Arthur - a surprising friendship.)

Episode 40 - The Year We Make Content

2010 Year has docked! We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of Peter Hyams & Arthur Clarke’s knockout followup, 2010: The Year We Make Contact with a year of exciting discoveries following the team who rediscover Discovery One!

And, of course, we still have plenty more to come on 2001.

This week, a (fairly) spoiler-free introduction to 2010, the background, our love for it, and why we believe it deserves just as much conversation and provokes as many questions for what it is: NOT a sequel to perhaps the greatest motion picture of all time, but its own fascinating story told its own way. A Kubrick-sanctioned, Arthur C. Clarke-written, Academy Award-nominated science fiction classic.

Plus: we’ve booked a ride on the Europa Clipper! (We will attempt no landing there.)

Episode 39 - Behind The Concierge Desk

Checking in to the universe's most exclusive hotel, it's time to unpack, explore, and maybe play a little chess. Is that a Louis XVI throne pod?

Dave and Frank's relationship, and humans' innate need for each other. Long-term isolation: is it tao, torment, or vacation?

Gilded cage or petrie dish, this surreal environment evokes the most basic questions of life:
What is time?  When is a ceiling a floor? Are we in the bathroom?

So many hidden meanings, so little much time. 

Plus: Homesteading Space by David Hitt and the Skylab gravitational belly pull factor.

Episode 38 - In the Orbit of the Odyssey with R.H. Vatcher

R.H. Vatcher is BACK to toast in the New Year with a smorgasbord of insights from his 2019: The Odyssey Brief: BREACHING THE HULL OF DISCOVERY PARTS III AND IV.

Uncovering the many cultural elements revolving around this elliptical journey, from Jungian breakthrough to the groundbreaking scientific discoveries showcased in Life Magazine.

How serendipity or subconscious parallels to the prior roles of these now iconic actors may have influenced their casting.

The impact of Star Trek on a generation and its connections to 2001.

Plus: does Fellini + Kubrick = 2008 & 1/2? (okay, it'd be 2009 1/2, but c'mon...)  

Also check out R.H. Vatcher's:

Punching Through the Kevlar of Stanley Kubrick's 'FULL METAL JACKET'

I am Jack's Ax: Breaking Down the Barriers of Stanley Kubrick's Film 'THE SHINING'


BONUS SPECIAL: A Clavius Christmas

Crusty socks hung with care, meat tube trimmed, hot fries smoking on an electrical fire... We're ready for Christmas, but is HAL? 

Episode 37 - Beyond The Beyond: 2001 and the Future of VFX

Every science fiction movie since "2001" has been inspired, directly or indirectly by it, often even employing its original visual effects pioneers. For one artist, slit-scan was just the beginning...

Cinerama to IMAX to the future of moving images with MAGI - Douglas Trumbull has always been at the forefront of experiential cinema.

In films like "2001," "Silent Running," "Close Encounters," and "Blade Runner," and large format exhibitions like "To The Moon and Beyond" and "Back To The Future: The Ride" he invented and innovated his way into movie history, and ended up with a few patents along the way.

From the 1960s to his untimely death last year he left behind a massive body of experimental work that is decades ahead of current technology, paving the way for the virtual stage production of "Avatar," VR performance capture, and immersive technology to come.

Episode 36 - A Super SKYLAB 50th Anniversary!

Step right up, folks, step right up - following our interview with Victor Scherrer, it's the SKYLAB Super Show!!

SEE: the famous Commander Conrad and his parasol acrobatics duo, Weitz & Kerwin!

SEE: Big Al Bean the weightless weightlifter, with "Shades" Garriott & Jumpin' Jack Lausma and the twin pole thermal space waltz!

SEE: "Comet" Carr and the Kohouteks live, opening for the Gibson-Pogue Antenna Experiment!

AND...the wondrous Alyene Baker and her magical sewing speed skills!

Plus: Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, and the animals of Apollo (oh, and Phooey).

Episode 35 - SKYLAB Spectacular with NRL's Victor Scherrer

On this very special Thanksgiving episode we have a legendary guest, SKYLAB all-star Victor Scherrer of the Naval Research Laboratory, who co-designed the solar cameras for the Apollo Telescope Mount. He shares with us an intimate history of the program, the challenges and the victories of America's first space station!

PLUS: Mr. Scherrer has written an EXCLUSIVE ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE for us, detailing the origin, development and implementation of the solar cameras and each mission's responsibilities. 

(Historians interested in more of Mr. Scherrer's work, email spacepodyssey2001@gmail.com to get in touch.)

Ridley Scott Birthday Bonus!

November 30 marks the birthday of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time (and Brad's former boss), Sir Ridley Scott! To celebrate, we've dug into the archives to hear just how much his cinematic journey has echoed our very own Stanley Kubrick.

From "2001" to "Alien" and "Blade Runner," from "Barry Lyndon" to "Kingdom of Heaven" and "The Duellists," from "Paths of Glory" to "Black Hawk Down," "Full Metal Jacket" to "G.I. Jane," and from "Napoleon" to "Napoleon," the themes and connections just keep coming...

So raise a glass to the guv'nor, and remember: Xenophobia Sucks!

Episode 34 - Behind The Beyond: VFX of the Infinite

Would there even be a "Space Odyssey" without the inestimable impact of two educational short films: "Universe" (1960) and "To The Moon and Beyond" (1964)?

Not without the (Oscar-winning?) all-star team making history:  Douglas Trumbull, Con Pederson, and Wally Gentleman! The agony and the ecstasy, the feuds, the fights, and the fun. How they forever changed the world of visual effects, one gouache stroke at a time.

WARNING: playing a drinking game with the name "Wally Gentleman" this episode may be hazardous to your health.

Original music by the creators of this podcast. 

Episode 33 - Jupiter And Beyond

The pod has left Discovery, and now it's just us, Dave, and Gyorgy Ligeti. Through the monolith and into the stargate, we're hurtling past exploding nubulae ... alien civilizations ... Scotland?

How far beyond Jupiter is the infinite, or has it been right here the whole time? And how similar is transcending space-time to yanking a tablecloth?


Plus licorice, socks, AND: Do black holes store your browser history?

Episode 32 - A "Shining" HALLOWEEN with R.H. Vatcher

It's Halloween, and it's "The Shining." What we talk about is so terrifying and twisted, instead of a summary here's an episode Bingo card. Play along at home (if you dare...)

B-I-N-G-O

-Glacier National Park
-NOW (National Organization for Women)
-shadow as allegory
-Rumer Godden
-Fyodor Dostoevksy
-"Emergency!"
-Sigmund Freud
-Kool-Aid
-J.D. Salinger
-Peekaboo
-Bruno Bettelheim
-Winnie The Pooh
-Carl Jung
-Bugs Bunny

Check out R.H. Vatcher's:

2019: The Odyssey Brief: BREACHING THE HULL OF DISCOVERY PARTS III AND IV

Punching Through the Kevlar of Stanley Kubrick's 'FULL METAL JACKET'

I am Jack's Ax: Breaking Down the Barriers of Stanley Kubrick's Film 'THE SHINING'

Episode 31 - Through The REDRUM Looking Glass with R.H. Vatcher ("The Shining" and "2001")

"2001" and "The Shining" are the ultimate twin enigmas of cinema, but how much of Kubrick's commentary is actually onscreen? Turns out, an ashtray is not just an ashtray. R.H. Vatcher reveals the clues hidden throughout the labyrinth of images within images.

Take the plunge with us through the murky depths of "The Shining" from its psychological themes to the subconscious motivations of these complex characters. 

The secret importance Alex Colville, Susan Sontag, Jim Morrison and a pack of Marlboros.

What if Wendy is the real writer? Who is really attacking Danny and why? If only Jack had been a dull boy... 

Check out R.H. Vatcher's 2019: The Odyssey Brief: BREACHING THE HULL OF DISCOVERY PARTS III AND IV

Punching Through the Kevlar of Stanley Kubrick's 'FULL METAL JACKET'

I am Jack's Ax: Breaking Down the Barriers of Stanley Kubrick's Film 'THE SHINING'

Episode 30 - Pictures Within Pictures with R.H. Vatcher ("The Shining" and "Full Metal Jacket")

This episode contains discussion and clips of dramatized physical and verbal abuse, murder, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised. 

Call 988 or go to 988lifeline.org to get 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress  -- The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).

Level 2 of our roller coaster with author R.H. Vatcher races us through the intensity of boot camp, the similarities between HAL and Private Pyle, and the vulnerabilities of Dave Bowman and Danny Torrance.

Fasten your seatbelts as we plunge into the vast possibilites of mise-en-abyme. Plus, Kubrick's inspirations from the paintings of William Hogarth and the importance of the bathroom.

Follow along with photos on Articles & Resources 

Check out R.H. Vatcher's 2019: The Odyssey Brief: BREACHING THE HULL OF DISCOVERY PARTS III AND IV

Punching Through the Kevlar of Stanley Kubrick's 'FULL METAL JACKET'

I am Jack's Ax: Breaking Down the Barriers of Stanley Kubrick's Film 'THE SHINING'

Episode 29 - At The 1964 World's Fair with R.H. Vatcher

It's our first in a series with author R.H. Vatcher! We're talking about all the connections he has revealed between 2001 & the 1964 World's Fair. Also, Katharina Kubrick's memories of the fair and the elusive history of IBM's connection to the film.

These are some deep discoveries and crazy connections... Conn Peterson & Douglas Trumbull! Arthur C. Clarke shocked by smiling strangers! Detergents, dolphins, animatronic dogs, (and bush babies) oh my!

Follow along with photos on Articles & Resources

Featuring Emily Love Potts as Katharina Kubrick.

Check out R.H. Vatcher's:

2019: The Odyssey Brief: BREACHING THE HULL OF DISCOVERY PARTS III AND IV

Punching Through the Kevlar of Stanley Kubrick's 'FULL METAL JACKET'

I am Jack's Ax: Breaking Down the Barriers of Stanley Kubrick's Film 'THE SHINING'

Episode 28 - The Adventures of Arthur C. Clarke (Vol. II  Alive)

This week, the unfailing optimism of Athur C. Clarke, his reflections and gratitude for a life well lived. The inspiration of discovery and the power of ideas.

His lifelong passion for establishing extra terrestrial contact, and his foresight into the the threat and future of A.I. What would he think of today's UAP hearings and the conversation around artificial intelligence?

Original music and art by the creators of this podcast. 


Episode 27 - The Adventures of Arthur C. Clarke (Vol. I Awake)

Our first episode dedicated entirely to Arthur C. Clarke, scientist and writer, analyzer and explorer, dreamer and creator.  A sweet and private English thinker who wrote little about himself, the laughing tropical raconteur who would boat you to a shipwreck and beat you at table tennis.

We're looking into the heart of a most down-to-earth enigma. His inspirations and loves from the sea to the stars.  The personal side of the man called the "Prophet of the Twentieth Century."

Original music and art by the creators of this podcast. 

Episode 26 - "O Deep Thought"

What with the current global A.I. situation and the open letter calling for a "pause" while we examine this "existential threat to humanity" signed by hundreds of the world's preeminent computer scientists, it's easy to feel like Chicken Little and freak out.

So we did. But we're also shining a light through the darkness this week and finding hope for humanity and the future.

From Descartes to Locke to Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty to Heidegger, being a person means different things. But thanks to a little help from Ifeanyi Menkiti, Jonathan Miller and Peter Ustinov, we discover that the key to our future and the cure for the disaffected may be each other.