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Planetary Radio

Series produced by Mat Kaplan

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The Planetary Society's travel show that takes you to the final frontier, featuring commentary by Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Public radio's only long format, weekly series devoted to space exploration and the scientists, engineers, astronauts and visionaries who lead it. Most episodes include an in-depth interview along with regular segments that incude:

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy's weekly commentaries...Emily Lakdawalla's Snapshots From Space...What's Up! (...in the night sky, with other fun and intriguing space info and a weekly contest.)

Several episodes each year are recorded live before an enthusiastic audience, often with live music. We also cover special space events, like the landing of the Curiosity Mars Rover, and take listeners to the places where scientists learn about the cosmos, like Chile's Atacama Desert.

Episodes are available from the PRSS each Tuesday on channel A68.5, from 1600-1630 Eastern. We also make a 128kb MP3 available to stations at our website.

Every week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, astronaut, project manager, advocate, visionary or writer who can provide a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond. We also showcase regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face.

Past guests have included Buzz Aldrin, Sally Ride, X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis, Ray Bradbury, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Steve Squyres of the Mars Exploration Rover Project, Galileo's Daughter author Dava Sobel, interplanetary volcano expert Rosaly Lopes, the European Space Agency's Bernard Foing and scores of other leaders.

Each episode also includes an irreverent look at the current night sky with astronomer and Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts. These "What's Up!" segments also include a Random Space Fact, This Week in Space History, and our popular weekly space trivia contest.

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Public radio's only long format, weekly series devoted to space exploration and the scientists, engineers, astronauts and visionaries who lead it. Most episodes include an in-depth interview along with regular segments that incude: Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy's weekly commentaries...Emily Lakdawalla's Snapshots From Space...What's Up! (...in the night sky, with other fun and intriguing space info and a weekly contest.) Several episodes each year are recorded live before an enthusiastic audience, often with live music. We also cover special space events, like the landing of the Curiosity Mars Rover, and take listeners to the places where scientists learn about the cosmos, like Chile's Atacama Desert. Episodes are available from the PRSS each Tuesday on channel... Show full description


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Caption: (L to R) David Brin, Geoffrey Landis, Gregory Benford, Larry Niven and Robert Zubrin at the 2017 Mars Society Convention, Credit: Mat Kaplan
Robert Zubrin of the Mars Society talks with Gregory Benford, David Brin, Geoffrey Landis and Larry Niven about terraforming Mars, the origin of li...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Artist concept of heliogyro solar sail for 1980s Halley's Comet mission., Credit: NASA/JPL
The co-founder and Executive Director Emeritus of the Planetary Society returns for a conversation about the allure of sailing through space. Digi...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Mat Kaplan and guests at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on the evening before the Great American Eclipse, Credit: Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University
With hours to go before the Great American Eclipse, Mat Kaplan hosted a Planetary Radio Live session in front of 1,100 rowdy eclipse and space scie...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Artist concept of Cassini passing between Saturn and its rings, Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
It’s the Grandest Finale. The spectacular Cassini mission’s exploration of Saturn will end on September 15th when the spacecraft plunges into the ...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Voyager image of Jupiter's moon Io taken as the volcano called Loki erupted., Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS
It is most space fans’ favorite planetary science mission, and with good reason. We visit with the man who has been in charge of Voyager mission sc...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Astrophysicists Jason Rhodes& Alina Kiessling
JPL astrophysicists Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes were brought together by their fascination over the mystery of dark energy. They talk with Pla...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: The Goode Solar Telescope at the NJIT Big Bear Solar Observatory, Credit: Mat Kaplan
The world’s most powerful solar telescope sits in Big Bear Lake, high above southern California. It has just been renamed for the man responsible f...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Mars outpost concept, Credit: NASA
Will humans live, work and thrive on Mars? What challenges must be met before we can become Martians? On July 20th, the anniversary of the Apollo ...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Cassini took this photo on June 4, 2017, close to periapsis on its seventh "Grand Finale" orbit, when it passed between the planet and the rings., Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI/Emily Lakdawalla
The Cassini Mission has less than two months to go before it ends with a spectacular plunge into the beautiful ringed world. Planetary Society Sen...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Matt Golombek and Mars rovers, Credit: NASA/JPL
When the Pathfinder lander reached Mars 20 years ago it began a Martian renaissance that has never paused. JPL scientist Matt Golombek was the mis...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: •	New Very Large Telescope image of galaxy Messier 77 , Credit: •	European Southern Observatory
Veteran astronomer and cosmologist Sandra Faber has just been awarded the Gruber Prize for Cosmology, honoring more than forty years of pioneering ...

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Artist concept of massive asteroid impact, Credit: NASA
Asteroid Day, June 30th, marks the anniversary of the great Tunguska impact that leveled a Siberian forest. It reminds us that a Near Earth Object ...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: "American Eclipse" by David Baron, Credit: Liveright/W.W. Norton
The great inventor was just one of many men and women who made their way across the American West to view and document the total solar eclipse of 1...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: February 21, 1997--Julie Webster, Cassini’s manager of spacecraft operations (kneeling, right), and the rest of the mission's assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) team pose with the spacecraft outside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Space Simulator, Credit: NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Caltech / Bob Brown
How do you keep a dazzlingly complex spacecraft in good health after 20 years in space? That’s the challenge for Julie Webster and her team of eng...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Jupiter’s south pole imaged by the Juno spacecraft from 52,000 km above the planet., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles
Have you seen its stunning image of Jupiter’s south pole? The Juno orbiter is surpassing expectations and delivering surprising science. Scott Bo...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Apollo astronaut and engineer Buzz Aldrin, Credit: Gage Skidmore
He walked with Neil Armstrong on the moon, but that may not be his greatest legacy. Buzz Aldrin was joined by other space stars at the recent Human...

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  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Artist concept of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon approaching the International Space Station., Credit: NASA
Astronauts may soon ride on US rockets and in US spaceships for the first time since the last Space Shuttle flight. Jon Cowart of NASA is working w...

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  • Added: May 24, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Mat Kaplan leads a discussion at the 2017 Humans To Mars Summit with NASA Associate Administrators (l to r) Thomas Zurbuchen, William Gerstenmaier and Stephen Jurczyk, Credit: Christina Korp @Buzzs_xtina
The human journey to the Red Planet is long and hard, but Mat’s conversation with three NASA Associate Administrators at the Humans to Mars Summit ...

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  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Planetary scientist Bonnie Buratti's new book, Credit: Cambridge University Press
Veteran Jet Propulsion Lab planetary scientist Bonnie Buratti talks with Mat about the wonder of our solar neighborhood that she explores in Worlds...

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  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Astronomer and artist Tyler Nordgren’s poster for SIU Carbondale’s Eclipse Celebration, Credit: Tyler Nordgren/SIU Carbondale
Our ongoing coverage of preparation for the Great American Eclipse takes us to Southern Illinois University Carbondale where a huge celebration is ...

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  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 28:50
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