For some strange reason the show begins with Greek mythology. Then it moves on to real science. There are three origin of life scenarios ...
- Darwin's warm little pond ... equivalent to primordial soup.
- Panspermia ... which doesn't solve anything.
- Hydrothermal vents ... which aren't explained
The second half of the show features soundbites suggesting that the origin of complex organic molecules on Earth is a problem but they could form in interstellar space. But this is exactly the "problem" that Metabolism First tries to explain so it's puzzling that there was no advocate of this view on the show.
This is a complicated topic that is not compatible with the format of this show. How do you, dear readers, think it rates as science journalism? Is this a good way to get the general public interested in science?
The blurb on the website suggests that the series is highly rated by fellow journalists.
A show that explores the bigger questions. Winner of "Top New Artists" and "Most Licensed by Public Radio Remix" awards at PRX's 2011 Zeitfunk Awards.