The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a wonderfully silly trilogy of five books by Douglas Adams, chronicling the adventures of Earth human Arthur Dent, who is rescued by his alien friend Ford Prefect just before the Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass.
It's a ... complicated story. Anyone familiar with the books knows the centrality of the number 42 to the plot: it is no less than the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Clearly then, syzygy episode 42 deserves special treatment. In honour of Adams’s creation, Emily and Chris consider the possibilities of other intelligent life in the galaxy, and dive deep into the Drake equation, a back-of-the-envelope calculation to work out how many intelligent civilisations there are in the Milky Way that might get in contact with us.