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Light On Light Through

You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series and movies, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my media theory and political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually less often.  But in the Summer of 2020, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and on 17 October 2023, I began publishing a new episode of the podcast every Tuesday at 12:01 pm -- a minute after Noon (New York time).  - Paul Levinson 

24 October 2021: Interview about Light On Light Through podcast

26 December 2023: Chuck Todd interviews Paul Levinson about Alternate Realities on The Chuck Toddcast  

Jan 13, 2007

Hello Solar System - What on Earth Are They Doing to Poor Pluto? - and welcome to Episode 17 of Light On Light Through, where we consider the semantic fate of Pluto, standing vigil at the edge of our solar system, recently demoted to dwarf-planet status by the International Astronomical Union... Who should decide the status of Pluto: scientists in disagreement among themselves, or humanity?

Michael Burstein joins me for an interview.  He is an award-winning short story science fiction writer, a former secondary school science teacher, and head of the Pluto Is A Planet organization.

You'll also hear a few bars of Alpha Centauri, a song written in March 2000 by Pete Rosenthal and me.

Helpful links:

  1. and (Michael Burstein's journal)
  2. February 4th live debate about Pluto at the Clay Center in Boston
  3. Is Pluto a Planet? Historical Journey Through the Solar System - good background reading by David Weintraub
  4. Neil deGrasse Tyson's 1999 plea for "demoting" Pluto




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