Planetary Radio brings you the human adventure across our solar system and beyond. We visit each week with the scientists, engineers, leaders, advocates and astronauts who are taking us across the final frontier. Regular features raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. Join host Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla as they dive deep into the latest space news. The monthly Space Policy Edition takes you inside the DC beltway where the future of the US space program hangs in the balance. Visit planetary.org/radio for the space trivia contest, an episode guide, and much more.
Andy Chaikin on Apollo 15 and the lessons of Apollo
Space historian and author of A Man on the Moon Andy Chaikin returns as we celebrate Apollo 15’s 50th anniversary.
Amy Mainzer and a New Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope
NASA has approved development of the NEO Surveyor space telescope. Project lead Amy Mainzer will share her hopes for this vital planetary defense tool.
We’re Going Back to Venus
Leaders of the DAVINCI and VERITAS missions tell us what their spacecraft will reveal about the planet that is so much like Earth and yet so terribly different.
Visiting the James Webb Space Telescope
Host Mat Kaplan visits the James Webb Space Telescope in California to see the observatory before it launches and speak with project leaders.
Space Policy Edition: The Pentagon's UFO Report, Featuring Sarah Scoles
The Pentagon has released its assessment of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. Casey Dreier and science journalist Sarah Scoles talk about what’s behind the renewed interest in UFOs and Sarah’s book, They are Already Here.
Finding Life by Looking for Complexity
University of Glasgow chemist Lee Cronin believes he and his collaborators have found a way to recognize life as we know it and as we don’t know it.
“The Venus drought is finally over”
When I heard the phrase above I thought “oh I didn’t realize there was a drought. Good for them, I wonder if California is doing good with theirs” only to find out that no, there’s still no water.
Venus was arbitrarily my favorite planet since childhood. It’s so against having humans live on it that I bet people will visit Mercury before Venus’ surface.
Fantastic podcast for all!
Highly accessible podcast. Thank you!
Entertaining, Informative, Professional, and High-Quality
Mat Kaplan is a great host, and his attitude, passion, and knowledge make this show quite an enjoyable one. The quality of the show’s production leads to a pleasurable listening experience, which leaves me looking forward to future episodes. As a bonus, the show recently halted sponsorships, which makes listening a better experience due to the lack of advertisements from outside entities. It’s clear that The Planetary Society listens to their audience, cares for the desires of their audience members, and delivers excellent content as a result.