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.

For over 20 years, we've been proud to bring Planetary Radio to our dedicated listeners. However, after careful consideration, we discontinued our traditional broadcast distribution on Aug. 2, 2023. We invite Radio stations to continue airing the extended podcast version of the show, along with any of our previous episodes. You can find the extensive archive of our broadcasts and our new podcast MP3s here: https://www.planetary.org/planetary-radio/radio-episodes-files For more information about Planetary Radio, visit our website at https://www.planetary.org/radio. For inquiries or support, contact Sarah Al-Ahmed, the host and producer of Planetary Radio, at planetaryradio@planetary.org. Thank you again for being an integral part of the Planetary Radio family. We look forward to continuing our cosmic journey together through the wonders of our podcast and beyond. Hide full description

For over 20 years, we've been proud to bring Planetary Radio to our dedicated listeners. However, after careful consideration, we discontinued our traditional broadcast distribution on Aug. 2, 2023. We invite Radio stations to continue airing the extended podcast version of the show, along with any of our previous episodes. You can find the extensive archive of our broadcasts and our new podcast MP3s here: https://www.planetary.org/planetary-radio/radio-episodes-files For more information about Planetary Radio, visit our website at https://www.planetary.org/radio. For inquiries or support, contact Sarah Al-Ahmed, the host and producer of Planetary Radio, at planetaryradio@planetary.org. Thank you again for being an integral part of the Planetary Radio family. We look forward to... Show full description


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Matt Siegler from the Planetary Science Institute shares his team's surprising findings about the granite formation that might lie beneath Compton-...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Chris Glein, a lead scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, joins Planetary Radio to talk about the discovery of phosphorus in the oceans of...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caltech and Brown University’s Jay Dickson joins Planetary Radio to discuss the mysterious formation of gullies on Mars.

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Sam Birch, an assistant professor at Brown University, explores what we know about the alluvial rivers of Earth, Mars, and Saturn's moon Titan.

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: NASA's Curiosity rover captured this view from atop Mont Mercou, a rock formation at the base of Mt. Sharp on Mars, during its 3086th sol, Martian day, of exploration., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill
Planetary Radio, Mat Kaplan, senior communications adviser at The Planetary Society, takes us to the 2023 Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, D.C....

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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James Drake from the University of Maryland joins Planetary Radio to talk about the latest results from NASA's Parker Solar Probe as it soars close...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Richard Durisen and Paul Estrada join Planetary Radio to discuss their research on the surprisingly recent formation of Saturn's rings and why they...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Astronomers using JWST detected the oldest and most distant complex organic molecules yet in the galaxy SPT0418-47. The galaxy is over twelve billion light-years away but from our perspective on Earth, it is directly behind a foreground galaxy that is onl, Credit: J. Spilker / S. Doyle, NASA, ESA, CSA
Justin Spilker joins Planetary Radio to talk about his team’s detection of the oldest organic molecules in the known Universe.

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Sarafina El-Badry Nance’s Starstruck: A Memoir of Astrophysics and Finding Light in the Dark debuted on June 6, 2023. Starstruck shares Sarafina’s emotional and inspiring journey to becoming an astrophysicist, and the powerful role space science can play , Credit: Penguin Random House
Sarafina El-Badry Nance joins Planetary Radio to discuss her new book, Starstruck: A Memoir of Astrophysics and Finding Light in the Dark.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: NASA’s Biomass Production Chamber at the Kennedy Space Center replicates the closed growing environment astronauts will use in space or on other planets to grow fresh crops. NASA scientists Bill Knott, left, and Tom Dreschel examine the growth of crops., Credit: NASA
The second round awardees in a Planetary Society grant program will explore extreme life in super-salty lakes, and study how future Martians will g...

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  • Added: May 31, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: This artist’s conception shows the gas giant TOI-5205b transiting, or passing in front of its host star. This world has been called the “forbidden planet” because of its size and proximity to its small red dwarf star, which goes against our current unders, Credit: Katherine Cain/Carnegie Institution for Science
Shubham Kanodia, the lead on a paper about a so-called “ forbidden planet,” TOI 5202 b, joins us to talk about this strange world and why it's upen...

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  • Added: May 24, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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In this week's episode of Planetary Radio, we're honoring the educators who inspire young, curious minds to explore the marvels of the Cosmos.

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  • Added: May 17, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: The VERITAS mission would map Venus with radar and infrared spectroscopy., Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Darby Dyar, Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA's VERITAS mission to Venus, joins Planetary Radio to share the human story behind the spacecraft...

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  • Added: May 10, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: The Planetary Society, a co-sponsor of the biennial Planetary Defense Conference, hosted a screening of the movie "Planet Hunters" at the 2023 conference in Vienna, Austria. This image shows the crowd at the event, which senior communications advisor Mat , Credit: Alex Karl
Planetary Radio creator Mat Kaplan shares a look behind the scenes at the 2023 Planetary Defense Conference in Vienna, Austria.

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  • Added: May 02, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: An image of Ganymede obtained by the JunoCam imager during Juno’s June 7, 2021, flyby of Jupiter's icy moon., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
Join us as we celebrate the successful launch of the European Space Agency's Juice mission with project scientist Olivier Witasse.

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer’s Guide to the Universe by Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, was released on April 18, 2023. The book takes the reader on an imaginary journey to 10 spectacular locations in space and shares the strange and beautiful experienc, Credit: W. W. Norton & Company
Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, joins Planetary Radio to discuss his new book, “Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Tawny Newsome interviews astronaut Jessica Watkins and SpaceX Inspiration4 pilot Sian Proctor at the 2023 LA Yuri's Night celebration at the California Science Center, discussing their unique journeys to space and their meaning for the future of explorati, Credit: David Pinsky
Join us as we delve into the heart of LA's 2023 Yuri's Night party, a celebration commemorating Yuri Gagarin's pioneering 1961 voyage into space.

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Artist's concept of the Emirates Mars Mission Hope probe., Credit: UAE Space Agency
Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of a truly inspiring space mission - the United Arab Emirates' Hope probe, which has spent two amazing ...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: This 3D view of Maat Mons, the tallest volcano on Venus, was created using data from NASA's Magellan spacecraft. The vertical scale in this perspective has been exaggerated 10 times. Maat Mons, appearing at the center, rises almost 5 kilometers (3 miles) , Credit: NASA/JPL
Robbie Herrick and Scott Hensley, the minds behind a new paper on recent potential volcanic activity on Venus, join Planetary Radio to discuss thei...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: This is an artist's conception of Psyche, a metallic asteroid., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU
Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the principal investigator for NASA’s Psyche mission to explore a metallic asteroid, joins Planetary Radio to share the missio...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2023
  • Length: 28:50
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