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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

A Conversation With Congressman Lamar Smith

09/30/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Lamar Smith, Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

The Chairman of the powerful Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives joins us for a talk about planetary science, Europa, a human flyby of Mars and much more.

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Dr. Bell Goes to Washington

09/16/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society

Planetary Scientist Jim Bell of Arizona State University joined other experts in front of the US House of Representatives Space Committee on September 10th. Get his report this week.

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The Search for Extraterrestrial Polluters?

08/12/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Henry Lin, Student, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Harvard’s Henry Lin led work that determined the soon-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope may be able to detect an alien civilization by analyzing its atmosphere.

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Alaskan Aurora Adventure!

03/18/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Neal Brown, Former Director, Poker Flat Research Range

Join Mat Kaplan and other Aurora “virgins” as they seek the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska, and meet retired rocketeer and Director of the Poker Flat Research Range, Neal Brown

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A Planetary Radio Special Feature: NASA Unveils Its Proposed FY2015 Budget

03/05/2014 | 35:47

Guests

NASA unveiled its 2015 budget plans in a March 4 media briefing. Minutes later, Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan got an enlightening and engaging analysis from Planetary Society Director of Advocacy Casey Dreier. You’ll hear about the winners, the losers, and the uncertain futures of many NASA initiatives and missions.

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Getting Humans to Mars Without Breaking the Bank

02/18/2014 | 28:50

Guests

NASA scientist Harley Thronson tells us about a new initiative that is figuring out how we will get men and women to the red planet at a reasonable price. You can read their initial report. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity’s passage over dunes that made engineers nervous. Bill Nye reveals NASA’s plans for a lunar rover that may launch in 2018. Mat Kaplan joins Bruce Betts in a TV studio to record this week’s What’s Up segment. You can watch!

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Alyssa Rhoden and the Rise of the Europa Underground

11/25/2013 | 30:20

Guests

  • Alyssa Rhoden, NASA postdoctoral program fellow, Goddard Space Flight Center

Alyssa Rhoden studies Jupiter’s moon Europa…from a distance. She, many other scientists and millions of space exploration fans around the globe want to see a mission to this ice world that hides a vast, warm ocean. That’s why she and several colleagues have created Destination: Europa, and they want your help.

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Taikonauts on the Moon? A Conversation With Leonard David

08/26/2013 | 28:50

Guests

Leonard David has been writing about space exploration for more than five decades. Now he has turned his attention to China’s ambitious plans.

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More Planetary Radio Live at the Aquarium of the Pacific: Oceans Everywhere

07/30/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kevin Hand, Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • David Bader, Director of Education, Aquarium of the Pacific

We return to the Aquarium for much more of our conversation about seas on Earth and seas on other worlds, featuring Dave Bader, Kevin Hand and Bill Nye. Emily Lakdawalla concludes her video tour of Curiosity's cameras and instruments.

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Mae Jemison of the 100 Year Starship Initiative

07/09/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Dr. Mae Jemison, 100 YSS Leader, Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence

Retired astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison leads the 100 Year Starship Initiative. You’ll hear Mat’s conversation with her about this ambitious project in a SETIcon II fireside chat.

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