Southern California Public Radio’s Crawford Family Forum seeks to provide an antidote to the increasing digitization of social networking. It is a 21st century angora; a place where people can come to meet fellow members of their community face to face and interact with them on a meaningful level unencumbered by 140 character limits. Individuals from all walks of life are able to share their own ideas, listen to others or just enjoy some live entertainment public radio style.
The Crawford Family Forum has recently hosted a number of diverse events. In September the Crawford Family Forum hosted a live viewing of President Obama’s speech regarding Syria followed by a community discussion led by KPCC’s Larry Mantle. There was also a panel discussion and keynote on the topic of ‘Women in Technology and Media’ and a look at the Roman Polanski scandal through guest’s Samantha Geimer’s autobiography, “The Girl.”
This past week NEXT: People Science Tomorrow came to the Crawford Family Forum for the latest installment of the series in which veteran space journalist, Mat Kaplan, of the Pasadena based Planetary Society and host of Planetary Radio sits down with renowned scientists, authors and futurists to discuss humanity’s bright future.
This event featured UC Irvine Astrophysicist and science fiction author Gregory Benford and his twin brother James Benford, of the Icarus Project, as they discussed the possibilities for achieving interstellar spaceflight within the century. While it is a near certainty that humans themselves will not be able to reach another solar system within a hundred years, the Benford brothers discussed the technologies which may very well be ready to send our robotic emissaries within that time frame. While the journey would likely take centuries to complete, the Benfords argued that now is the time to get to work on overcoming the admittedly daunting technological and political hurdles which stand in our way. They cited the successes of the Voyager space craft which launched in 1977. Long after completing their primary and secondary mission objectives Voyager I and II are now on trajectories which are bringing human instruments to interstellar space for the very first time. Launch as soon as possible and humanity will reap the benefits in knowledge gained for centuries to come was their refrain.
Admission is free but requires a reservation. Check out SCPR’s website for more information on the frequent events which they host on South Raymond Ave in Pasadena, including the next installment of NEXT People Science Tomorrow on the future of Biofabrication.
photo of spaceship by James Benford
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