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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 at Planetfest 2012!

08/13/2012 | 29:46

Guests

PlanRad Live welcomes space historian and writer Andrew Chaikin, former NASA Mars Czar Scott Hubbard, and Bill Nye the Science Guy to a live conversation at Planetfest: Curiosity Knows No Bounds, just a few hours before the triumphant landing of the big new rover on Mars. Host Mat Kaplan is also joined by Emily Lakdawalla, Bruce Betts and award-winning barbershop quartet Hi-Fidelity.

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Planetary Radio Live at the Aquarium of the Pacific

07/23/2012 | 28:50

Guests

What better place to talk about Earth's oceans and the seas of other worlds?

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Fire and Ice With Volcanologist Rosaly Lopes

07/16/2012 | 45:56

Guests

  • Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Scientist and Leading Volcanologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JPL volcanologist Rosaly Lopes has discovered more volcanos than anyone else, including 71 on Jupiter’s moon Io. She is fascinated by these fiery (and sometimes frigid) features of our dynamic solar system, and shared her love at the recent SETIcon.

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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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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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Opportunity Reaches Endeavour, and Planetary Radio Wins an Award!

09/05/2011 | 0:28:52

Opportunity reaches Endeavour Crater, Emily Lakdawalla visits a New Horizons science meeting about Pluto, Bill Nye discusses a planet made of diamond, and Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan celebrate the award of a Parsec award to Planetary Radio.

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It's Mars Rover Opportunity, Only Smarter

04/12/2010 | 0:28:52

Guests

JPL engineer Daniel Gaines helped develop new software for Opportunity to autonomously select objects for close-up imaging as she races across Mars. Emily Lakdawalla is thrilled by evidence of recently active volcanos on Venus. Bill Nye salutes three decades of service by retiring Planetary Society founder Lou Friedman.

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Mars Rover Project Manager John Callas

02/01/2010 | 0:28:52

Guests

  • John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

John Callas tells us why an end to Spirit's roving does not mean the end of her work on the red planet. Emily Lakdawalla looks to the other side of Mars where Opportunity is rolling up to a baby crater, and Bill Nye is head over heels for the highest ever skydive.

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Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas

07/27/2009 | 0:30:00

Guests

  • John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

John Callas reports on Spirit and Opportunity, Bill Nye debates the future of humans on the Moon, and Bruce Betts looks to the Perseid meteor shower in his What's Up review of the night sky.

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