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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

The Great American Eclipse—Be Part of It!

03/15/2017 | 36:27

Guests

It’s coming! Will you be in the path of totality? Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons says be there if you can.

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Space Policy Edition #10 - Special Guest Laura Delgado Lopez, SpaceX to the Moon, looming budget cuts

03/03/2017 | 1:19:25

Guests

  • Laura Delgado Lopez, Commercial Partnerships and International Strategic Account Manager, Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems Segment

Laura Delgado Lopez from the Harris Corporation joins us to talk about the growing number of countries getting into the space business, particularly in Latin America. Casey, Jason, and Mat also take stock of SpaceX's plans to send humans around the Moon in 2018, and how the newly-announced Trump budget cuts could hurt NASA.

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Earth Microbes! Welcome to Mars

02/07/2017 | 33:41

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University of Arkansas grad student Rebecca Mickol and her team have demonstrated that some Earth bacteria can survive in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars. Could Martian bacteria thrive under the same conditions?

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Space Policy Edition #9 – Congress Plots New Space Legislation Amid Trump’s Tumultuous First Two Weeks

02/06/2017 | 48:33

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It’s still too early to say where the Trump Administration will take NASA, but there are a few hints. Congress is not waiting. Casey, Jason and Mat review a draft of the space agency’s authorization bill and a separate act that asks NASA to lay out its plans for humans to reach Mars.

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Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan Leaves NASA

01/17/2017 | 50:22

Guests

For well over three years, planetary scientist Ellen Stofan has worked directly with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to help coordinate and expand the myriad science efforts by the agency. We talk with her as she ends this remarkable tenure.

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Ben Miller Says The Aliens are Coming!

01/10/2017 | 1:13:11

Guests

  • Ben Miller, British comedian, actor, science communicator and author

We are joined by British physicist turned comedian and actor Ben Miller, author of The Aliens are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind our Search for Life in the Universe.

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Space Policy Edition #8 - A Transition "Trumpdate", 2016 in Review, and Answering Your Questions

01/05/2017 | 1:19:19

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After an opening update on the presidential transition, Casey, Jason and Mat share their nominees for the biggest space exploration events of 2016. Then they take on fascinating questions submitted by listeners. You’ll also hear the surprising early announcement of NASA’s next Discovery missions.

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Space Policy Edition #7 - The Trump Administration: What Can We Expect for Space?

12/02/2016 | 1:01:51

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The SPE team reviews the outlook for human spaceflight, planetary science, Earth observation and much more under the upcoming Trump administration.

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To Mars! With National Geographic

11/22/2016 | 46:14

Guests

  • Robert Braun, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Ann Druyan, writer and producer
  • Tim Pastore, President of Original Programming and Production, National Geographic Channel
  • Andy Weir, Writer, Author of “The Martian”

The National Geographic Channel’s “Mars” miniseries has begun. Mat Kaplan attended a kickoff for the ambitious docudrama last summer. You’ll hear from series technical advisor Bobby Braun, author of “The Martian” Andy Weir, Cosmos creator Ann Druyan and more.

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Pluto and Titan and Iran, Oh My!

11/15/2016 | 36:13

Guests

  • S. Sona Hosseini, Research and Instrument Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Rosaly Lopes, Senior Research Scientist/Manager for Planetary Science, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Mike Malaska, Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jani Radebaugh, Professor of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University

Back to the annual meeting of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences this week, where Mat Kaplan visited with experts on worlds of ice including Titan and Pluto, with a side trip to the dunes of Iran.

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