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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

Dr. J and the World’s Biggest Telescope

01/13/2015 | 36:11

Guests

  • Joe Liske, Acting Programme Scientist for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), and host of Hubblecast, European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Joe Liske, host of Hubblecast, is also the top scientist on the European Southern Observatory’s European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), now under construction on a Chilean mountaintop. “Dr. J” tells us what this largest ever telescope will help us discover.

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The Exciting Year Ahead on the Final Frontier

01/06/2015 | 28:50

Guests

The Planetary Society’s experts look forward to a great year of firsts in the solar system and beyond.

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2014: The Year in Space

12/30/2014 | 28:50

Guests

Our annual review of the greatest events and accomplishments over the last year features analysis and commentary by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla, Jason Davis, Casey Dreier and Bruce Betts, along with a special new year’s gift of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Kip Thorne and the Science of Interstellar

12/02/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kip Thorne, Richard Feynman Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, CalTech

Spoiler alert. Famed physicist Kip Thorne says you might be able to survive a plunge into a black hole after all! That’s just one molecule of the fascinating science behind the science fiction film he helped create. We’ll talk about the movie and Kip’s new book, “The Science of Interstellar.”

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The SpaceShipTwo and Antares Disasters: Special Coverage With John Logsdon

11/04/2014 | 28:50

Guests

It was a terrible, tragic week for commercial space development. Historian and space policy analyst John Logsdon helps up understand the greater meaning of the SpaceShipTwo and Antares disasters on this special edition of Planetary Radio, with additional thoughts from Bill Nye.

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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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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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A Starlight Festival Cassini Mission Update

06/03/2014 | 42:38

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Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker joins us at the first Starlight Festival in Big Bear Lake, California, and festival MC Andre Bormanis makes a bonus appearance on the show.

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Planetary Radio Live at Yuri’s Night—Under Space Shuttle Endeavour

04/15/2014 | 31:53

Guests

Join the party as we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of humanity’s transition to spacefaring species with Yuri’s Night Executive Director Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO and Yuri’s Night co-founder George Whitesides, and astronaut Ron Garan, who heads Fragile Oasis.

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