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Videos of Talks and Interviews

Andrew Fraknoi interviewing Frank Drake in 2012

Over the years, I have given hundreds of public lectures of all types and lengths, have interviewed noted astronomers, and have been interviewed by journalists and educators.  Most of these happened before digital recording became common.  But here are a few occasions that have been preserved in the last decade, ranging from what is perhaps the world’s shortest and most lighthearted introduction to black holes to a long interview with SETI pioneer Frank Drake, exploring his career and current views.


The All-American Eclipse of the Sun August 2017 (non-technical talk in the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, May 2017):

Talk on the 2017 eclipse to the Commonwealth Club of California:
[Another, similar, eclipse talk for the Bay Area Skeptics:

NSTA Webinar for the National Science Teachers’ Association (with Dennis Schatz) on the 2017 eclipse:

Astronomical Music Concert with the Peninsula Symphony (Andrew Fraknoi introduces and shows slides for Holst’s The Planets and Nancy Deussen’s Transit of Venus, May 2017; you need to turn up the volume on the spoken parts):

The Search for Other Earths: A Panel on the Kepler Mission (at the Lawrence Hall of Science July 18, 2013, with four speakers):

Why the World Will Still be Here after Dec. 21, 2012 (a colloquium for the public at the SETI Institute, with three speakers, Dec. 11, 2012):

NASA Google Hangout on “Doomsday 2012” (Nov. 28, 2012 with six panelists):

Interview with Frank Drake (Andrew Fraknoi interviews the SETI pioneer, June 24, 2012 at SETICon):

Are We Alone? An Evening Dialogue with the NASA Kepler Mission Leaders (Andrew Fraknoi, moderator), July 26, 2011:

Where Bill Gates’ Great Grand-daughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System (a 59-min illustrated lecture at the Lawrence Hall of Science on July 19, 2011):

New Light on Dark Energy (a panel of scientists moderated by Andrew Fraknoi, May 3, 2011):

What Were the Atoms in Your Body Doing 8 Billion Years Ago (Interview in the “Radical Physics” series 2011):

Why Pluto Got Kicked out of the Planet Club (Interview in the “Radical Physics” Series 2011):

The Fermi Paradox: Why Are There No Tourist from Other Worlds? (Panel moderated by Andrew Fraknoi at SETICon 2010):

Is Doomsday 2012 For Real or Will You Still Have to Pay Taxes in 2013? (Panel moderated by Andrew Fraknoi at SETICon 2010):

An Introduction to Black Holes (a 6-minute humorous lecture at the SETI Institute, May 2009):


PLUS: The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures, organized and moderated by Andrew Fraknoi for many years:
http://www.youtubecom/SVAstronomyLectures/ OR

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