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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

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 Projects, 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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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: LADEE Launches for Luna

09/09/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Projects, The Planetary Society
  • Brian Day, LADEE Education and Public Outreach Lead, Ames Research Center
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • David Paige, Professor of Planetary Sciences, UCLA

Planetary Radio returned to the Crawford Family Forum for live coverage of the LADEE launch on September 6th.

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Europa Report--New Science Fiction Film Embraces the Science

07/29/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kevin Hand, Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

If you’re willing to accept the premise, the thrilling new independent feature film presents one of the most scientifically and technically accurate tales ever put on screen. We’ll talk with the director and producer, and then ask science advisor Kevin Hand for a reality check.

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JPL and England Wave at Saturn

07/22/2013 | 28:50

Guests

Hundreds came out on the JPL mall on Friday, July 19th to salute the Cassini spacecraft as it captured a rare image of Earth from the outer solar system. Among them were the mission Deputy Project Scientist, Scott Edgington, and the Cassini Program Manager, Earl Maize.

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A Cosmic Concert: Singer/Songwriter Peter Mayer on Planetary Radio Live

06/24/2013 | 1:27:36

Guests

Join us at the intersection of science, nature, music and wonder for a very special Planetary Radio Live with the great Peter Mayer. Bill Nye is with host Mat Kaplan on stage in this unique episode, the longest we've ever presented. You'll hear eight of Pete's beautiful songs, including one that will be on his new CD.

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Live at the Space Tech Expo with Bill Nye, Xcor and Zero-G

05/27/2013 | 34:38

Guests

  • Andrew Nelson, COO and Vice President of Business Development, Xcor Aerospace
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Michelle Peters, Director of Research and Education, Zero Gravity Corporation

PlanRad Live takes to the road again, this time visiting the Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, California for a conversation with enthusiastic team members at Xcor Aerospace, where they are building the Lynx spaceplane, and the Zero Gravity Corporation, whose “G-Force One” plane has allowed thousands of men and women to experience weightlessness. Bill Nye joined the fun on stage, and Bruce Betts arrived with t-shirts for the winners of the live What’s Up space trivia contest.

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Live at the Planetary Defense Conference!

04/22/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Brent Barbee, Flight Dynamics Engineer, Goddard space Flight Center
  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Cathy Plesko, Applied Physics Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • David Trilling, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University

Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan joined Bill Nye and four passionate planetary explorers on stage at the Planetary Defense Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Yuri's Night 2013 Under Space Shuttle Endeavour

04/15/2013 | 30:30

Guests

Planetary Radio Live was on stage at the World Space Party with guests George and Loretta Whitesides and Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi.

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Listening Once Again to Amateur Astronomy Pioneer John Dobson

01/07/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • John Dobson, Astronomer and designer of telescopes, The Sidewalk Astronomers

A reprise of our very popular conversation with the delightful 97-year old John Dobson, inventor of the Dobsonian telescope that brings the universe within everyone’s reach.

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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: Special Curiosity Report Continues

12/24/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Richard Cook, Curiosity Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Our fascinating, live conversation with Curiosity Project Manager Richard Cook and Project Scientist John Grotzinger continues. Richard and John are joined on stage by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla and Mat Kaplan.

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