2001: A Space Podyssey

2001: A Space Podyssey

Podcast dedicated to the history, science and legacy of the all-time classic film and one of the greatest works of art of the twentieth century, Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.


February 23, 2024 36 mins

2010 Year has docked! We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of Peter Hyams & Arthur Clarke’s knockout followup, 2010: The Year We Make Contact with a year of exciting discoveries following the team who rediscover Discovery One!

And, of course, we still have plenty more to come on 2001.

This week, a (fairly) spoiler-free introduction to 2010, the background, our love for it, and why we believe it deserves just as much convers...

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Checking in to the universe's most exclusive hotel, it's time to unpack, explore, and maybe play a little chess. Is that a Louis XVI throne pod?

Dave and Frank's relationship, and humans' innate need for each other. Long-term isolation: is it tao, torment, or vacation?

Gilded cage or petrie dish, this surreal environment evokes the most basic questions of life: What is time?  When is a ceiling a floor? Are we in the bathroom?

So ma...

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R.H. Vatcher is BACK to toast in the New Year with a smorgasbord of insights from his 2019: The Odyssey Brief: BREACHING THE HULL OF DISCOVERY PARTS III AND IV.

Uncovering the many cultural elements revolving around this elliptical journey, from Jungian breakthrough to the groundbreaking scientific discoveries showcased in Life Magazine.

How serendipity or subconscious parallels to the prior roles of these now iconic actors may hav...

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December 25, 2023 23 mins

Crusty socks hung with care, meat tube trimmed, hot fries smoking on an electrical fire... We're ready for Christmas, but is HAL?


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Every science fiction movie since "2001" has been inspired, directly or indirectly by it, often even employing its original visual effects pioneers. For one artist, slit-scan was just the beginning...

Cinerama to IMAX to the future of moving images with MAGI - Douglas Trumbull has always been at the forefront of experiential cinema.

In films like "2001," "Silent Running," "Close Encounters," and "Blade Runner," and large format exh...

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Step right up, folks, step right up - following our interview with Victor Scherrer, it's the SKYLAB Super Show!!

SEE: the famous Commander Conrad and his parasol acrobatics duo, Weitz & Kerwin!

SEE: Big Al Bean the weightless weightlifter, with "Shades" Garriott & Jumpin' Jack Lausma and the twin pole thermal space waltz!

SEE: "Comet" Carr and the Kohouteks live, opening for the Gibson-Pogue Antenna Experiment!

AND...the wo...

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November 30, 2023 30 mins

Today (November 30) marks the birthday of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time (and Brad's old boss), Sir Ridley Scott! To celebrate, we've dug into the archives to hear just how much his cinematic journey has echoed our very own Stanley Kubrick.

From "2001" to "Alien" and "Blade Runner," from "Barry Lyndon" to "Kingdom of Heaven" and "The Duellists," from "Paths of Glory" to "Black Hawk Down," "Full Metal Jacket" to "G.I. Ja...

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On this very special Thanksgiving episode we have a legendary guest, SKYLAB all-star Victor Scherrer of the Naval Research Laboratory, who co-designed the solar cameras for the Apollo Telescope Mount. He shares with us an intimate history of the program, the challenges and the victories of America's first space station!

PLUS: Mr. Scherrer has written an EXCLUSIVE ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE for us, detailing the origin, development and imp...

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Would there even be a "Space Odyssey" without the inestimable impact of two educational short films: "Universe" (1960) and "To The Moon and Beyond" (1964)?

Not without the (Oscar-winning?) all-star team making history:  Douglas Trumbull, Con Pederson, and Wally Gentleman! The agony and the ecstasy, the feuds, the fights, and the fun. How they forever changed the world of visual effects, one gouache stroke at a time.

WARNING: playin...

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November 22, 2023 28 mins

The pod has left Discovery, and now it's just us, Dave, and Gyorgy Ligeti. Through the monolith and into the stargate, we're hurtling past exploding nubulae ... alien civilizations ... Scotland?

How far beyond Jupiter is the infinite, or has it been right here the whole time? And how similar is transcending space-time to yanking a tablecloth?

Plus licorice, socks, AND: Do black holes store your browser history?


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It's Halloween, and it's "The Shining." What we talk about with author R.H. Vatcher is so terrifying and twisted, instead of a summary here's an episode Bingo card. Play along at home (if you dare...)


-Glacier National Park -NOW (National Organization for Women) -shadow as allegory -Rumer Godden -Fyodor Dostoevksy -"Emergency!" -Sigmund Freud -Kool-Aid -J.D. Salinger -Peekaboo -Bruno Bettelheim -Winnie The Pooh -Carl Jung...

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"2001" and "The Shining" are the ultimate twin enigmas of cinema, but how much of Kubrick's commentary is actually onscreen? Turns out, an ashtray is not just an ashtray. R.H. Vatcher reveals the clues hidden throughout the labyrinth of images within images.

Take the plunge with us through the murky depths of "The Shining" from its psychological themes to the subconscious motivations of these complex characters. 

The secret importa...

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This episode contains discussion and clips of dramatized physical and verbal abuse, murder, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised. 

Call 988 or go to 988lifeline.org to get 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress  -- The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the Nationa...

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It's our first in a series with author R.H. Vatcher! We're talking about all the connections he has revealed between 2001 & the 1964 World's Fair. Also, Katharina Kubrick's memories of the fair and the elusive history of IBM's connection to the film.

These are some deep discoveries and crazy connections... Conn Peterson & Douglas Trumbull! Arthur C. Clarke shocked by smiling strangers! Detergents, dolphins, animatronic dogs...

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This week, the unfailing optimism of Athur C. Clarke, his reflections and gratitude for a life well lived. The inspiration of discovery and the power of ideas.

His lifelong passion for establishing extra terrestrial contact, and his foresight into the the threat and future of A.I. What would he think of today's UAP hearings and the conversation around artificial intelligence?

All original music and art by the creators of this podc...

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Our first episode dedicated entirely to Arthur C. Clarke, scientist and writer, analyzer and explorer, dreamer and creator.  A sweet and private English thinker who wrote little about himself, the laughing tropical raconteur who would boat you to a shipwreck and beat you at table tennis.

We're looking into the heart of a most down-to-earth enigma. His inspirations and loves from the sea to the stars.  The personal side of the man c...

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July 31, 2023 79 mins

What with the current global A.I. situation and the open letter calling for a "pause" while we examine this "existential threat to humanity" signed by hundreds of the world's preeminent computer scientists, it's easy to feel like Chicken Little and freak out.

So we did. But we're also shining a light through the darkness this week and finding hope for humanity and the future.

From Descartes to Locke to Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty to...

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July 20, 2023 72 mins

"Does HAL cry digital tears?" That's the question this week, as well as the article by Rosalind W. Picard from the book "HAL's Legacy : 2001ʹs Computer As Dream And Reality" edited by David G. Stork.

How much can he feel? How real are those feelings? How real are our feelings, and what's the difference? It's a whirlwind of emotions, calculations and implications as Dave kills/deactivates/lobotomizes HAL.

Plus: the truth about the B...

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"The Unauthorized Return of the Jedi Timeline" by Justin Berger and Jamie Benning has arrived, and what a treasure! Aye, thar be call sheets, matey!

We're back from Earth with our loot from ICCCon 2023 and wrapping up our Star Wars series with a focus on the costume work of John Mollo from "Barry Lyndon" to Ben Kenobi, and the directing process, from Mary Elizabeth McGlynn to Kerhsner and Kubrick.

Plus, more Colin Cantwell, and is ...

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Deep in convention mode, we're talking about the evocative orchestral music, the mythological framework of both films, and more of the crossover of talent between a galaxy far, far away and the worlds of Kubrick and Clarke.

Turing the spotlight on the essential contributions of John Williams, Joseph Campbell, Richard Edlund, and Garrett Brown. And for some reason, it's the first time "The Matrix" has come up (which, it turns out, i...

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