This week, Ira spoke with Jason Steffen, Associate Professor of Physics at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who helped organize Exoplanets IV, being held in Las Vegas through May 6 and presented by The American Astronomical Society. In this Interplanetary episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Jason talks about when he discovered his passion for exoplanets; why the sub-discipline of exoplanets contributes to understanding our own solar system; how 10 exoplanets were discovered when he began his studies and there are no 5,000; how planetary systems form and the different paths they could have taken; the different methods (some of which are complementary to each other) for studying them, including the transit method; discovering the first exoplanet orbiting a star like our sun in 1995; and why the discipline is diversifying.
This week, Ira spoke with Joseph McBride, author of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career. In this outsider episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Joseph talks about his third Welles book, which throws a new light on the famed filmmaker’s approach to Hollywood, budgets, and finishing projects; his reasons for living (and working) abroad; how Welles hired the author to appear in his movie, “The Other Side of the Wind,” and why production was so slow; why, contrary to popular belief, Welles never gave up making films; and the impossible relationship between Welles and the studio system.