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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: Celebrating Rover Curiosity

12/17/2012 | 28:50

Guests

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

The leaders of the Curiosity mission join Bill Nye, Emily Lakdawalla and host Mat Kaplan for a live conversation about the thrilling mission on Mars.

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Celebrating Carl Sagan With Lou Friedman, Lynda Obst, Kip Thorne and More

11/12/2012 | 30:39

Guests

  • Chas Beichman, Executive Director, NExScI
  • Louis D. Friedman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Lynda Obst, Film and television producer, Lynda Obst Productions
  • Kip Thorne, Richard Feynman Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, CalTech
  • Melissa Rice, MSL Science Team Collaborator, Caltech

November 9 was Planetary Society founder Carl Sagan's birthday, so we gathered a few of his close friends and several young scientists he inspired in front of a live audience. They also helped us celebrate Planetary Radio's 10th anniversary!

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Curiosity Finds a Martian Stream Bed and Endeavour Flies Home

10/01/2012 | 28:50

Guests

Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity's discovery of an ancient stream bed, and Endeavour flies over the California plant where it was built.

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Live at PATS With OSIRIS REx!

09/24/2012 | 37:42

Guests

We're live at the Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show, with JPL astrodynamicist Steve Chesley and Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts. Steve and Bruce reveal the exciting OSIRIS REx mission to an asteroid and then back to Earth with a precious soil sample. Enter the contest to name the asteroid! Bill Nye and Emily Lakdawalla check in, and one listener will win a Celestron FirstScope telescope.

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Author David Brin Considers and Writes "Existence"

09/03/2012 | 28:50

Guests

Award-winning science fiction author, physicist and futurist David Brin returns to talk about his monumental new novel, Existence. Emily Lakdawalla previews a very busy month of great planetary science, while Bill Nye invites listeners to learn about a campaign to restore funding for the exploration of our solar system. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan give away another space pen in this week’s What’s Up look at the night sky, and a look back at this week in space history.

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Remembering Ray

06/11/2012 | 28:50

Guests

We look back to the Planetary Society's 2003 birthday party for Ray Bradbury, with tributes from distinguished fans and eloquent words from the master himself.

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Author Kim Stanley Robinson Takes Us to 2312

05/28/2012 | 39:15

Guests

Kim Stanley Robinson shares his vision of a brave new solar system 300 years in the future with his new novel, 2312.

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Planetary Radio LIVE Continues! With John Callas of the Mars Exploration Rovers and Joy Crisp of the Mars Science Laboratory

01/02/2012 | 0:28:50

Guests

  • John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Joy Crisp, MSL Deputy Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Here's the second half of our December show recorded in front of a live audience: Mars rover updates, two more spacey songs from KJ Williams, and the big finish of Emily Lakdawalla's proof that she is not covering up evidence of aliens in our solar system! You'll also hear a brand new What's Up segment from Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

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Planetary Radio LIVE! With John Callas of the Mars Exploration Rovers and Joy Crisp of the Mars Science Laboratory

12/26/2011 | 0:28:50

Guests

  • John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • KJ Williams, Jazz & Pop Vocalist
  • Joy Crisp, MSL Deputy Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

We once again go before a live audience for an all Mars rover show. We've also got singer KJ Williams, Bill Nye the Planetary Guy, and Emily Lakdawalla's proof that she is not covering up evidence of aliens in our solar system!

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