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: Bill Nye reports live from the launch of the MAVEN Mars orbiter, Credit: Loren Roberts
MAVEN set out for Mars on November 18. Planetary Radio Live joined the celebration from Pasadena, California with Bruce Betts, Emily Lakdawalla, h...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2013
  • Length: 28:51
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Caption: 2013 SpaceUp LA, Credit: Mat Kaplan
What would YOU do with $10 Billion for space exploration and development? That’s what Mat Kaplan asked the passionate space enthusiasts at the 201...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2013
  • Length: 28:51
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Caption: The All-Sky Optical Seti Instrument
A burst of laser light could let humanity know it is not alone in the universe. Harvard’s Paul Horowitz and Curtis Mead will give us an update on t...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Pellet of Plutonium 238 for spacecraft, Credit: Department of Energy
Casey Dreier tells the winding tale of Plutonium 238, the radioactive isotope that is vital for exploration of the solar system. The US came danger...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2013
  • Length: 28:51
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Caption: Jupiter From Voyager 2, Credit: Jonsson
Juno Principal Investigator Scott Bolton reviews the spacecraft's Earth flyby and previews its long stay at our solar system's king of planets. Bil...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Planetary Evangelist Emily Lakdawalla
The Planetary Society’s Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist recaps this year’s revealing meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS). B...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: The Voyager Golden Record and New Horizons, Credit: Jon Lomberg
Carl Sagan’s longtime artistic collaborator Jon Lomberg designed the cover for the Voyager Interstellar Record. Now he wants to upload another mes...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Starship Century--Toward the Grandest Horizon
“Starship Century—Toward the Grandest Horizon” is the new collection of fact and fiction assembled by Gregory and James Benford. The brothers are ...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: MAVEN Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky, Credit: Mat Kaplan
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) orbiter leaves for the red planet in November of 2013. Bruce Jakosky of the University o...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Minotaur 5 rocket launches the LADEE spacecraft for the moon from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Credit: NASA
Planetary Radio returned to Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum for live coverage of the LADEE launch on September 6th. With ...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in the JPL High Bay Clean Room, Credit: Mat Kaplan
Two missions are coming together in a high bay clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. SMAP and ISS RapidScat went on display for a visit by N...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: How do you design a spacecraft to carry hibernating astronauts?, Credit: NIAC
The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program supports science and tech proposals that are way out there. Program Executive Jay Falker tells us abo...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Did runoff from snowfall carve this river basin on Mars?, Credit: NASA
When she was learning to forecast the weather in Hawaii, Brown University grad student Kat Scanlon didn’t suspect it would help her uncover evidenc...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2013
  • Length: 28:50
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Two encounters with Jupiter, as we get a status report from Alan Stern on the eve of the New Horizons flyby, and we talk with folksinger Cheryl Whe...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2007
  • Length: 28:51
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Planetary Radio visits the celebration of 40 years of Star Trek.

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2006
  • Length: 28:52
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Do we now live in a solar system with twelve or many more official planets? Galileo's Daughter author Dava Sobel was the only non-scientist on the ...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2006
  • Length: 28:52
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