A remarkable discovery has emerged in astrophysics: key properties of the universe have just the right values to make life possible. Most scientists prefer to explain away this uniqueness, insisting that a number of unseen universes must therefore exist, each randomly different. Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch joined George Knapp in the first half of the show to propose the alternative—that the special properties of our universe reflect an underlying intelligent consciousness.
In the second half of the program, veteran journalist Chris Taylor talked about how the Star Wars franchise has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics, and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike.
I noticed a photo of some clouds in Iowa on your website. Gavin Pretor-Pinney and his England-based Cloud Appreciation Society seem to think this is some new category of cloud. This phenomenon is nothing new. I took this photo March 25th, 2009 [in Fort Worth, Texas]. I hadn't seen clouds like this since May 3rd, 1999 near Moore Oklahoma, when a record breaking F5 tornado tore a twenty mile swath across the city, leaving a path of destruction one mile wide. Fortunately the storm in this photo fizzled out pretty quickly. I feel we're in for some violent weather action sometime this summer though.