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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

Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan Leaves NASA

01/17/2017 | 50:22

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For well over three years, planetary scientist Ellen Stofan has worked directly with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to help coordinate and expand the myriad science efforts by the agency. We talk with her as she ends this remarkable tenure.

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Ben Miller Says The Aliens are Coming!

01/10/2017 | 1:13:11

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  • Ben Miller, British comedian, actor, science communicator and author

We are joined by British physicist turned comedian and actor Ben Miller, author of The Aliens are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind our Search for Life in the Universe.

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Space Policy Edition #8 - A Transition "Trumpdate", 2016 in Review, and Answering Your Questions

01/05/2017 | 1:19:19

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After an opening update on the presidential transition, Casey, Jason and Mat share their nominees for the biggest space exploration events of 2016. Then they take on fascinating questions submitted by listeners. You’ll also hear the surprising early announcement of NASA’s next Discovery missions.

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A Little Rocket Company Shoots for the Moon

01/03/2017 | 57:33

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CEO Randa Milliron introduces us to Interorbital Systems, which wants to put your payload in orbit for as little as $8,000. Can they do it?

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Marvelous Martian MAVEN

12/27/2016 | 38:32

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  • Nick Schneider, Associate Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado

MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter, has gone a long way toward solving the mystery of the Red Planet’s missing water and air. The University of Colorado’s Nick Schneider says it is also revealing gorgeous clouds, auroras and glowing skies.

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Art That Captures the Beauty and Science of Space

12/20/2016 | 44:52

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Marilynn Flynn, Simon Kregar and Rick Sternbach are masters of space art. They talk about how their work furthers science and captures the imagination.

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A Giant Telescope and Remembering John Glenn

12/13/2016 | 49:22

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Space historian John Logsdon remembers American hero John Glenn. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye was a big fan of the Friendship 7 astronaut—less so the new Star Wars movie. Then we get an update on the Giant Magellan Telescope from Patrick McCarthy.

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Running Before the Sun: Astronomer Jay Pasachoff

12/06/2016 | 39:58

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  • 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

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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

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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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