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The FQXi podcast brings you the latest ideas in foundational physics and cosmology—and includes interviews with our members and other leading scientists. It's hosted by Zeeya Merali and Brendan Foster. You can contact us at podcast@fqxi.org, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.
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Dropping Schrödinger's Cat Into a Black Hole
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July 25, 2016

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The FQXi May 31, 2016 Podcast features:
  • Happy 10th Birthday FQXi! & News Round-Up
  • Quantum Collapse
  • The Big Picture
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Happy 10th Birthday FQXi! & News Round-Up
FQXi's director Anthony Aguirre joins us to celebrate a decade of the Foundational Questions Institute. In the news round-up, Zeeya, Brendan and Anthony talk about quantum satellites, exoplanets and sending nanoships to Alpha Centauri -- and discuss whether governments, charitable foundations like FQXi or individuals should be responsible for funding physics research.
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Quantum Collapse
Physicist Catalina Curceanu discusses experiments to test collapse models -- rivals to quantum theory that explain how the macroscopic world arises from the the microscopic -- with reporter Carinne Piekema.
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The Big Picture
Cosmologist Sean Carroll talks about how space and time emerge from quantum theory, and about his new book, with reporter Sophie Hebden.
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