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Planetary Radio

Planetary Radio

Each week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, astronaut, advocate or writer who provides a unique and exciting perspective on the exploration of our solar system and beyond. We also showcase regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face.  Host Mat Kaplan is joined by Planetary Society colleagues Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla. We hit the road now and then to produce a Planetary Radio Live show in front of an audience.  Drop us a line or enter the weekly space trivia contest at planetaryradio@planetary.org.

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Recent Shows

Miguel Alcubierre, Inventor of Warp Drive?

09/09/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Miguel Alcubierre, Theoretical Physicist, Nuclear Sciences Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Inspired by Star Trek, distinguished physicist Miguel Alcubierre developed the general relativity-based model for warp drive 20 years ago. Hear why he doubts it will ever be a reality, and learn about his current research on gravitational waves.

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Spinoff 2013: Bringing Space Technology Home

05/13/2014 | 32:43

Guests

NASA has just published "Spinoff 2013," the latest of its annual reports on outstanding innovations developed for space that are solving problems and improving lives here on Earth. Technology Transfer Program Executive Daniel Lockney is our guest.

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The Gemini Planet Imager: Worlds Made Visible

01/13/2014 | 31:19

Guests

  • Bruce Macintosh, Gemini Planet Imager Principal Investigator, Lawrence Livermore National Labs and Stanford University
  • Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer, Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute

Principal Investigator and physicist Bruce Macintosh joins astronomer Franck Marchis to celebrate first light from the most powerful instrument for imaging exoplanets.

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A 2014 Preview From Emily Lakdawalla

01/06/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

24 spacecraft are either busy exploring the solar system or speeding toward an exciting destination. The Planetary Society's Senior Editor takes us on a whirlwind advance tour.

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10 Years A Roving: A.J.S. Rayl on the Mars Exploration Rovers

12/23/2013 | 53:17

Guests

What a long, wonderful trip it has been for Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rovers. Planetary Society reporter A.J.S. Rayl has been writing about their adventure every month for ten years. She looks back on this week’s show.

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Planetary Radio Live Celebrates the Launch of MAVEN

11/18/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society

The successful launch of MAVEN was covered by Mat Kaplan, Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla, with special, launch site reports from Jim Bell and Bill Nye.

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All-Sky Optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

11/04/2013 | 31:54

Guests

A burst of laser light could let humanity know it is not alone in the universe. Harvard’s Paul Horowitz and Curtis Mead will give us an update on the technological wonder of Optical SETI that watches the entire sky for billionth of a second pulses from the stars.

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It's Hot! Plutonium 238 is Back

10/28/2013 | 32:08

Guests

Casey Dreier tells the winding tale of Plutonium 238, the radioactive isotope that is vital for exploration of the solar system. The US came dangerously close to exhausting its supply. Even with production restarted, there are major challenges facing explorers.

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Gregory and James Benford on the "Starship Century"

09/30/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Gregory Benford, Physicist and Science Fiction Author, UC Irvine
  • James Benford, Physicist and President of Microwave Sciences, Microwave Sciences

“Starship Century—Toward the Grandest Horizon” is the new collection of fact and fiction assembled by Gregory and James Benford. The brothers are among the leaders of a renaissance in research and thinking about interstellar travel. They have returned to Planetary Radio to talk about this story of human destiny among the stars.

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Can We Touch the Stars? Lou Friedman at the 100-Year Starship Symposium

09/23/2013 | 30:31

Guests

Only days after Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, forward thinkers met in Houston, Texas to consider how humans can become a starfaring species. Planetary Society Emeritus Executive Director Lou Friedman reports from the meeting.

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