Mat Kaplan knows how fortunate he is to be the host and producer of Planetary Radio. He was just 17 when he got his first job in broadcasting, yet it wasn't until the premiere of the Society's weekly broadcast and podcast series, that he was able to combine his love of space exploration with the fun and excitement of being on the air. A Planetary Society staff member for over twelve years, Mat is also who we look to when an event calls for audiovisual support or a live webcast. His extensive background in journalism has ranged from public radio reporter covering the political conventions to movie reviewer for an international magazine. One or two people may even remember him as a correspondent for a couple of pioneering national TV series about computers. The longtime Long Beach, California resident has two adult daughters raised to be citizens of the solar system.