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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 New Era For SETI Research: More on the Breakthrough Initiatives

08/11/2015 | 39:23

Guests

  • Karen O’Neil, Site Director and Assistant Director for Operations, Green Bank Telescope, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Dan Werthimer, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, SETI@Home Project, UC Berkeley

We follow last week’s conversation with Ann Druyan about the $100 million funding of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by visiting with two of the scientists who will do the work: Dan Werthimer of UC Berkeley and Karen O’Neil of the Green Bank Telescope.

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Ann Druyan and the Breakthrough SETI Initiatives

08/04/2015 | 30:07

Guests

The Breakthrough Initiatives will pump $100 million into the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the next 10 years, vastly expanding humanity’s quest to learn if it has company in the universe. Among the leaders of this brave new project is Cosmos creator Ann Druyan. Join us for a special, extended conversation with Ann.

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Exploring the Seas of Earth and Other Worlds

06/23/2015 | 28:50

Guests

We return to the beautiful Aquarium of the Pacific in southern California for a fascinating conversation about ocean science. What we learn down here is furthering our research around the solar system. William Patzert, Jerry Schubel and Steven Vance join Mat Kaplan on stage. Emily Lakdawalla tells us what Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, has been doing lately. Bruce Betts is keeping his eye on converging Jupiter and Venus.

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Ancient Water Was Here Before the Sun

10/21/2014 | 28:50

Guests

Ilse Cleeves is lead author of a paper that concludes up to half of our solar system’s water is older than the solar system itself. The implications for life across the galaxy are profound.

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Smashing Holes in Mars to Look for Life

09/02/2014 | 28:50

Guests

Explore Mars wants to look for life on the Red Planet. Not past life. Life thriving under the Martian surface right now. Chris Carberry will tell us how the ExoLance project might find it.

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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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Was a Natural Fuel Cell Key to the Origin of Life on Earth?

07/01/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Laurie Barge, Post Doctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

There’s so much we don’t know about the origin of life here or anywhere else in the universe. But there must have been an energy source. Researcher Laurie Barge led work that simulated the natural formation of a fuel cell that may have taken place in Earth’s primordial oceans.

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Microbes in Orbit: Cheryl Nickerson’s Revealing Biomedical Research

04/08/2014 | 42:43

Guests

You may have heard that the sometimes deadly Salmonella bacterium becomes stronger in microgravity. Cheryl Nickerson tell us about this and other results her team has conducted in low Earth orbit.

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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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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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