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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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Latest Blog Posts:

Return of the Pale Blue Dot

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/07/18 11:27 CDT | 4 comments

You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.

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The Peak of Discovery

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/07/16 04:20 CDT

This week's Planetary Radio goes on tour at the Mount Wilson Observatory with descendants of its founder.

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Found a Killer Asteroid? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/07/08 04:19 CDT

Astronomer Timothy Spahr directs the Minor Planet Center, the global clearinghouse for asteroids, comets and other relatively small objects in the solar system, including moons. He also coordinates the Society's Shoemaker NEO grant program.

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Cosmic Concert Webcast Tonight at 7pm PDT / 10pm EDT

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/06/17 06:59 CDT

We've got a full house for this evening's Planetary Radio Live, but you can watch the live webcast with singer/songwriter Peter Mayer and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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Astronomy Enters a New Era

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/05/26 08:45 CDT | 3 comments

A live conversation about just a few of the powerful new instruments that will revolutionize our knowledge of the cosmos once again.

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Saving the Planet can be Exciting!

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/05/07 05:02 CDT

Planetary Radio for the week of May 6 visits the Planetary Defense Conference one last time to join a "tabletop" simulation of a killer asteroid threat.

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An Amazing Evening for Planetary Defense

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/04/23 07:12 CDT | 1 comment

Bill Nye, Bruce Betts, Mat Kaplan, Meteorite Man Geoffrey Notkin and stars of planetary science at the Planetary Defense Conference public event in Flagstaff.

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ALMA Adventure--Complete Interviews With Planetary Radio Guests

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/03/26 12:33 CDT | 6 comments

The extended, mostly unedited recordings of my conversations with many of the people I spoke to at the ALMA Observatory in Chile. Also, the full English translation of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's speech.

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Atacama Diary for March 10, 2013--Pisco Sours and Liquid Helium

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/03/10 11:10 CDT

Great dinner and great conversation with staff of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, topped by Chile's national drink.

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Atacama Diary for March 8, 2013-Noon at LAX

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/03/09 05:32 CST

Another audio blog post, with excerpts from the National Science Foundation briefing on the ALMA Observatory, edited while I was waiting for my planet to Chile at LAX.

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