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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

“Jesus was a freedom fighter. The cops came to arrest Jesus, and dragged him off and executed him. I don’t know how much more in tune with today’s time we can get,” Heber Brown III, a pastor and political activist.

“I just wanted an adult show, a show that a smart adult would feel comfortable watching,” Jerrod Carmichael, a comedian and sitcom creator.

“If every planet has clouds to the level that one does, it might kill all our dreams,” Sara Seager, a planetary science professor who hopes to find evidence of alien life.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)