There’s perhaps no bigger “What If” that will ever be asked. As long as we have been able to look up at the stars and understand the vastness of space, humans have pondered whether we are indeed alone in the universe.

But perhaps no one has “been on the case” in a more serious way and for as long as the former Director of SETI – Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence – Dr. Jill Tarter. Dr. Tarter was also the inspiration for the character of “Ellie Arroway” played by Jodie Foster in the award winning blockbuster “Contact”.

But unlike in the movie, Dr. Tarter and SETI are still yet to make contact with intelligent alien life…but they feel they’re closer than ever. Join Teddy, Richard and Dr. Tarter as they discuss exoplanets, extremophiles and when she thinks we will finally make first contact.


Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of your most popular What If videos.

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Hosts: Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson
Voice of What If: Peter Schmiedchen
Executive producer: Steve Hulford
Supervising producer: Richard Garner
Producers: Ira Haberman and Stephen Henrik
Technical producers: Adam Karch and Antosia Fiedur
Social media: Saida Mirzalimova
Research: Jay Moon
Trailer: Evan Yue
Artwork: Alex Griffith
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