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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

Exploring Black Holes and Supernovae With NuSTAR

03/11/2014 | 35:00

Guests

Principal Investigator Fiona Harrison provides an X-ray tour of some of the universe's most fascinating objects, Casey Dreier has analysis of NASA's 2015 budget plans, and Bill Nye sees the inherent optimism of science in the verification of another 715 exoplanets.

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A Planetary Radio Special Feature: NASA Unveils Its Proposed FY2015 Budget

03/05/2014 | 35:47

Guests

NASA unveiled its 2015 budget plans in a March 4 media briefing. Minutes later, Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan got an enlightening and engaging analysis from Planetary Society Director of Advocacy Casey Dreier. You’ll hear about the winners, the losers, and the uncertain futures of many NASA initiatives and missions.

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Verified: More Than 700 New Worlds

03/04/2014 | 28:50

Guests

SETI Institute researcher and member of the Kepler team Jason Rowe helps us dig into the latest big announcement about hundreds of planets in solar systems like our own.

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Talking with JPL's Blaine Baggett and Ed Stone About "The Stuff of Dreams"

02/25/2014 | 33:40

Guests

  • Ed Stone, Voyager Interstellar Mission Chief Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Blaine Baggett, Director of the Office of Communication and Education, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JPL’s Blaine Baggett and former JPL director Ed Stone talk “The Stuff of Dreams,” a documentary about an era in planetary exploration that was both exhilarating and exasperating. Emily Lakdawalla explains why Curiosity has joined the fraternity of backward driving rovers on Mars, and Bill Nye considers the not-too-distant future when airliners and spaceliners will share the sky.

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Getting Humans to Mars Without Breaking the Bank

02/18/2014 | 28:50

Guests

NASA scientist Harley Thronson tells us about a new initiative that is figuring out how we will get men and women to the red planet at a reasonable price. You can read their initial report. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity’s passage over dunes that made engineers nervous. Bill Nye reveals NASA’s plans for a lunar rover that may launch in 2018. Mat Kaplan joins Bruce Betts in a TV studio to record this week’s What’s Up segment. You can watch!

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Surprising Budget News for Planetary Exploration

02/11/2014 | 28:50

Guests

Good news, for a change! Congress decided to provide $127 million more for planetary science than was requested by the President. Bill Adkins of Adkins Strategies in Washington and the Society’s Director of Advocacy, Casey Dreier say a battle has been won, but the war for science continues. Emily Lakdawalla helps us understand how an eye in the Martian sky helps track Curiosity on the surface. Bill Nye addresses the mastodon in the room, and there’s a new and cool prize for the winner of the What’s Up space trivia contest.

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Back to Planetary Radio Live With the Mars Rovers

02/04/2014 | 38:52

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Rob Manning, Chief Engineer, Mars Exploration Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Our celebration of the Mars rovers continues from Southern California Public Radio’s Crawford Family Forum, this week featuring planetary scientist and author Jim Bell, Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger, JPL Mars Engineering Manager Rob Manning and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye. Emily takes us to Curiosity’s latest find on the red planet, and Bruce Betts joins Mat to gaze at the night sky and give away ISS-Above, the little device that tells you when the International Space Station is overhead.

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Planetary Radio Live Celebrates the Mars Rovers

01/28/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Steve Squyres, Mars Exploration Rover Principal Investigator, Cornell University

Opportunity has been rolling across Mars for 10 years! We celebrate the Mars Exploration Rovers and their sisters on the red planet at Planetary Radio Live, this week featuring MER Principal Investigator Steve Squyres. Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye join Mat in front of a capacity crowd at Southern California Public Radio’s Crawford Family Forum. Bruce Betts closes the show with a live Random Space Fact and rover trivia contest.

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From Earth to the Edge of the Universe: A New Edition of “The Cosmos”

01/21/2014 | 30:50

Guests

  • Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, University of California Berkeley
  • Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Williams College

Astronomers Jay Pasachoff and Alex Filippenko join us for a conversation about their newest version of their monumental textbook, "The Cosmos." Emily Lakdawalla helps us say good morning to the just-awakened Rosetta spacecraft, while Bill Nye is fascinated and puzzled by what looks like a jelly doughnut on the Martian surface.

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The Gemini Planet Imager: Worlds Made Visible

01/13/2014 | 31:19

Guests

  • Bruce Macintosh, Gemini Planet Imager Principal Investigator, Lawrence Livermore National Labs and Stanford University
  • Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer, Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute

Principal Investigator and physicist Bruce Macintosh joins astronomer Franck Marchis to celebrate first light from the most powerful instrument for imaging exoplanets.

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