About the Show: Orbital Path with Michelle Thaller takes a look at the big questions of the cosmos and what the answers can reveal about life here on Earth. From podcast powerhouse PRX, with support from the Sloan Foundation.

About Our Host

Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astronomer who studies binary stars and the life cycles of stars, and is Deputy Director of Science Communication at NASA. In her off-hours, Michelle often puts on about 30 lbs of Elizabethan garb and performs intricate Renaissance dances.

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About Our Producer

David Schulman is creator of the Musicians in their own Words series; he’s produced scores of sound-rich features airing nationally on NPR. While senior producer of BBC Americana, he once produced a segment that pitted a seasoned BBC presenter against a monosyllabic 10-year-old in a game of radio chess (the 10-year-old won).

As a composer, David has created original scores for performances by Oregon Ballet Theater and theme music for NPR’s “The Big Listen.” David has won two national CPB grants and the Best Documentary: Silver Award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival. A recent piece for Australia’s ABC RN — “Playing the Casals Cello” — is nominated for the 2017 Prix Italia.

Orbital Path is a project of PRX, and is brought to you by PRX Chief Content Officer John Barth and PRX Content Coordinator Genevieve Sponsler. Episodes are edited by Andrea Mustain. Our intro theme was created by Jim Briggs.

About Creator and Distributor: PRX is shaping the future of public media content, talent and technology. PRX is a leading creator and distributor, connecting audio producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. For over a dozen years, PRX has operated public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of shows including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, and Reveal. In 2014, PRX launched Radiotopia, a podcast collective of 13 diverse, independent, story-driven shows, anchored by 99% Invisible from Roman Mars. The network has quickly grown to over 10 million downloads per month. Follow us on Twitter at @prx.