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.
Photographer Frank A. Vargo shares this image of an unusual wavy pattern of clouds seen along Route 87, between Winnett and Billings, Montana.
Update: Coast listener Brian D. writes in to identify this cloud formation as Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves. "They are quite rare, and this picture captures one of the best examples I've seen," he notes.