Season 2, Special Episode - Oh No, Not Again.

Release Date: 25 May 2014

61 minutes, 51 seconds

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“Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now.”

This special episode of the Wow! Signal is a panel discussion of the humor, stories and ideas of the late Douglas Noel Adams. Adams is best known for his trilogy of five books, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was based on a radio play he wrote for the BBC. The story follows the adventures of Earthman and ape descendant Arthur Dent, rescued just before the complete annihilation of the Earth by galactic bureaucrats to make way for a hyperspace bypass that wasn’t really needed anyway.


Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

The Amalgamated Union of Philosophers, Sages, Luminaries and Other Thinking Persons:

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Nicholas Joll

Jeremy Hunsberger

Ben Brockert

Mike Mongo



Jim Cavera

Paul Carr

Nicholas Joll is the editor of the collection Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He is a philosopher who lives in the United Kingdom. He has never yet threatened to go on strike.

Jeremy Hunsberger is a Game Programmer and a comedy writer. He was born and raised in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the southern part of Ontario.

Ben Brockert Ben Brockert is an engineer working at his third aerospace startup, hoping to die in space--though not at the point of impact. He previously maintained the inexplicably large FAQ of

Mike Mongo is Chief Culture Officer for Icarus Interstellar. He is a noted space educator, space blogger, the co-founder of Computers for Jamaica, and the author of Mike Mongo‘s Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens.

Jim Cavera is a soft-spoken physicist.

Paul Carr is harmless in small doses.


The Show and its Subject Matter

Towel Day

The Official Douglas Adams Site FAQ

The RepRap Project

Wonko the Sane

How to Open a Banana

Marvin the Paranoid Android

Three Philosophical Jokes in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Did the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Get it Right?

The Panel

Nicholas Joll, Philosopher

Mike Mongo

The Don’t Panic Subreddit

The Wow! Signal Podcast

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Eben Brooks


Host and Producer: Paul Carr