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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

Live at the Space Tech Expo with Bill Nye, Xcor and Zero-G

05/27/2013 | 34:38

Guests

  • Andrew Nelson, COO and Vice President of Business Development, Xcor Aerospace
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Michelle Peters, Director of Research and Education, Zero Gravity Corporation

PlanRad Live takes to the road again, this time visiting the Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, California for a conversation with enthusiastic team members at Xcor Aerospace, where they are building the Lynx spaceplane, and the Zero Gravity Corporation, whose “G-Force One” plane has allowed thousands of men and women to experience weightlessness. Bill Nye joined the fun on stage, and Bruce Betts arrived with t-shirts for the winners of the live What’s Up space trivia contest.

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Live at the Planetary Defense Conference!

04/22/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Brent Barbee, Flight Dynamics Engineer, Goddard space Flight Center
  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Cathy Plesko, Applied Physics Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • David Trilling, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University

Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan joined Bill Nye and four passionate planetary explorers on stage at the Planetary Defense Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Yuri's Night 2013 Under Space Shuttle Endeavour

04/15/2013 | 30:30

Guests

Planetary Radio Live was on stage at the World Space Party with guests George and Loretta Whitesides and Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi.

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Listening Once Again to Amateur Astronomy Pioneer John Dobson

01/07/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • John Dobson, Astronomer and designer of telescopes, The Sidewalk Astronomers

A reprise of our very popular conversation with the delightful 97-year old John Dobson, inventor of the Dobsonian telescope that brings the universe within everyone’s reach.

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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: Special Curiosity Report Continues

12/24/2012 | 28:50

Guests

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

Our fascinating, live conversation with Curiosity Project Manager Richard Cook and Project Scientist John Grotzinger continues. Richard and John are joined on stage by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla and Mat Kaplan.

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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

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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