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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

Running Before the Sun: Astronomer Jay Pasachoff

12/06/2016 | 39:58

Guests

  • Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Williams College

No one is more excited about eclipses than famed solar astronomer and author Jay Pasachoff. He looks forward to the total solar eclipse in August of 2017.

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

12/02/2016 | 1:01:51

Guests

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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Leading the Search: Bill Diamond of the SETI Institute

11/29/2016 | 31:44

Guests

The SETI Institute is about much more than the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. President and CEO Bill Diamond of the Institute explains.

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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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Inside Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo

11/08/2016 | 45:42

Guests

  • Enrico Palermo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Spaceship Company

Host Mat Kaplan traveled to California’s Mojave Desert for a tour of Virgin Galactic’s The Spaceship Company, where the second SpaceShipTwo was built and is undergoing flight tests. TSC Executive VP Enrico Palermo was his guide.

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Space Policy Edition #6: Election 2016! Where Do Clinton and Trump Stand on Space?

11/04/2016 | 1:02:15

Guests

Just in time for election day in the USA, we take stock of the major candidates' space policies (as far as they go), comparing statements and policy op-eds put out by both campaigns. We also look at the broader implications and challenges of the coming Presidential transition for NASA.

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Matt Taylor Rocks Rosetta

11/01/2016 | 39:13

Guests

  • Matt Taylor, Rosetta Project Scientist, European Space Agency

Mat Kaplan talks with Matt Taylor, the Rosetta Project Scientist, just two weeks after the spacecraft touched down on 67/P.

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Alan Stern and a Triumph at Pluto

10/25/2016 | 38:02

Guests

  • Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Alan Stern of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond was in Pasadena for the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. He joined Mat Kaplan for a very special conversation down the street at Planetary Society HQ.

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Charley Kohlhase and the Greatest Voyage

10/18/2016 | 58:54

Guests

How did the Voyager spacecraft manage to weave their magnificent way through the outer planets of our solar system? Mission Design Manager Charley Kohlhase led the team that crunched the numbers to select the best possible trajectory from 10,000 candidates.

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