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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

Astronaut Tom Jones at SETIcon

08/06/2012 | 43:01

Guests

  • Tom Jones, Astronaut, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Skywalker, scientist and author Tom Jones joins us in a fireside chat about Near Earth Objects and much more. Emily Lakdawalla tours the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland. Bill Nye the Science Guy put high value on the mission of Curiosity, the MSL Rover, even if it had not landed successfully. What’s Up in the night sky.

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More Planetary Radio Live at the Aquarium of the Pacific: Oceans Everywhere

07/30/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kevin Hand, Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • David Bader, Director of Education, Aquarium of the Pacific

We return to the Aquarium for much more of our conversation about seas on Earth and seas on other worlds, featuring Dave Bader, Kevin Hand and Bill Nye. Emily Lakdawalla concludes her video tour of Curiosity's cameras and instruments.

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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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Mae Jemison of the 100 Year Starship Initiative

07/09/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Dr. Mae Jemison, 100 YSS Leader, Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence

Retired astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison leads the 100 Year Starship Initiative. You’ll hear Mat’s conversation with her about this ambitious project in a SETIcon II fireside chat.

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Lockheed Martin CTO Ray Johnson

07/02/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Ray O. Johnson, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Lockheed Martin

The Chief Technology Officer for the world's largest aerospace company wants more young people to consider careers as engineers.

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More From the Air and Space Museum

06/25/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences, National Air and Space Museum
  • John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Our special live show at the National Air and Space Museum continues with curator David DeVorkin, Space Policy Institute founder John Logsdon, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Planetary Society blogger Emily Lakdawalla and science rapper Funky 49.

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Live at the National Air and Space Museum

06/18/2012 | 29:52

Guests

  • John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences, National Air and Space Museum
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Join us for the first half of a conversation with David DeVorkin, John Logsdon and Bill Nye.

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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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Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker With a Saturn Mission Update

06/04/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Planetary Radio's most frequent guest returns with the latest news from the great ringed world, its moons, and its rings.

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