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Avi Loeb And The Search For Extraterrestrials

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In 2017, a telescope on Maui spotted … something hurtling through our solar system. While much of the scientific community offered various explanations, astrophysicist Avi Loeb’s stood out: This, he asserted, was a piece of alien technology.

In his book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, Loeb sets out to prove his hypothesis — that the object, called ‘Oumuamua after the Hawaiian word for “scout” — was neither an asteroid or cloud of dust, as his opponents have argued, but is instead genuine proof of alien intelligence. We'll talk with Jason Wright about the 'Oumuamua discovery on Friday at 11 a.m., and then with Avi Loeb, who makes his case and explains why other scientists in his field should be wary of dismissing the reality of intelligent life existing beyond our own blue planet.


Dr. Jason Wright | @Astro_Wright Professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University. The SETI Institute awarded Jason Wright the Drake Award in 2019.

Dr. Avi Loeb’s book is Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth. [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible| Bookshop]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.