In this episode, I spoke to astrobiologist Caleb Scharf, the director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center at Columbia University, about how life began. We don’t know how life got its start, but Scharf argues that emerging evidence leaves only a few theories as leading contenders.
What Is Life? was recorded in front of a live audience at Caveat in New York and is supported by a grant from Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative. Artwork by Caryn Audenried.