Stephen Hawking and Alien Contact

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Hawking's warning a couple weeks ago got a lot of attention. I found this discussion from On Point fascinating. It's not my area of expertise, but it was a great conversation. I didn't know Jill Tarter was the inspiration for Contact's protagonist. I haven't read the book (so much I haven't read.) but the movie was really good--until the end. What a cop-out.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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