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Planetary Radio, Podcasts, and Video

by Mat Kaplan

The voice of Planetary Radio and our man about town, Mat Kaplan visits with scientists, engineers, project managers, advocates, writers, and all sorts of cool space people who provide a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond and brings them all to you weekly via radio, podcast, and video.

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Planetary Radio: Ten Years A Roving: The Mars Exploration Rovers

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/12/24 09:18 CST

This week's show looks back over ten years of exploration by Spirit and Opportunity. Writer A.J.S. Rayl recounts the challenges encountered early in the mission, and how an outstanding team triumphed.

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This Week's Planetary Radio: Reporting Big News from AGU

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/12/18 11:43 CST

Major revelations about our solar system at last week's AGU conference came from near and far. Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier share a few, while Bill Nye salutes China's Chang'e 3 lunar lander and rover.

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Planetary Radio: Comet ISON, Rest in Pieces

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/12/10 12:02 CST | 1 comment

Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign is our guest on this week's show. He explains how ISON really did become the comet of the century for scientists.

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Planetary Radio: Rise of the Europa Underground?

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/11/26 09:39 CST | 2 comments

This week's PlanRad talks to one of the creators of a new effort to build support for the Europa Clipper, a spacecraft that would tell us far more about what's going on under that icy moon's surface.

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Planetary Radio: Looking for Intelligence in a Flash

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/11/05 10:58 CST | 1 comment

An update on the Planetary Society's improved Optical SETI search, with Harvard's Paul Horowitz and Curtis Mead.

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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: MAVEN Launches for Mars

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/11/01 04:16 CDT | 2 comments

Host Mat Kaplan will be joined by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla for this special live event.

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Mars Needs Plutonium! (And so do Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Points Beyond)

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/10/29 10:38 CDT

Society Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator Casey Dreier visits Planetary Radio with the tale of an element that is essential to exploration of deep space.

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America's Pastime: Planetary Science

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/10/15 12:16 CDT

Apologies to baseball fans and others for the theme of this week's Planetary Radio preview, which has star player Emily Lakdawalla on deck.

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Your Name...On Its Way to the Stars?

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/10/08 07:29 CDT

This week's Planetary Radio features artist Jon Lomberg inviting listeners to join the New Horizons Message Initiative.

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The "Starship Century" Beckons

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/10/01 10:30 CDT

The Benford brothers provide inspiration and hard fact in their excellent new anthology about interstellar travel.

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