Pioneering Astronomer Jill Tarter on ‘Making Contact’ with Alien Life

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Jill Tucker cofounded the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. (Photo: Courtesy Jill Tucker)

Jill Tarter has devoted more than 40 years to searching for extraterrestrial life as cofounder of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. At a time when women were discouraged from pursuing the sciences, Tarter studied engineering at Cornell and astronomy at UC Berkeley. Tarter joins us in studio, along with journalist Sarah Scoles, who’s new book, “Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” explores the history and science behind Tarter’s on-going search for alien life.

Guests:
Jill Tarter, former director and current Bernard M. Oliver chair, Center for SETI Research
Sarah Scoles, journalist and author, "Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence"

Read an Excerpt of "Making Contact" at KQEDScience.org

Mentioned on Air:
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) (New York Times Magazine)

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