Planetary Radio is a weekly 30-minute
radio showdevoted to space explorationand astronomy, hosted and produced by Mat Kaplanand The Planetary Society. Every week, it comprises mostly of interviews and telephone-based conversations with a scientist, engineer, project manager, artist, writerand an astronaut. In addition, it contains segments such as Questions and Answers, hosted by Emily Stewart Lakdawalla, space headlines, and the program ends with a light-hearted segment called What's Up with Bruce Bettswhich highlights where and when you can see significant astronomical events that week, a random space fact, an announcement of any anniversaries, and a space trivia contest where randomly chosen participants can usually win a t-shirt or poster. Occasionally, Planetary Radio will cover proceedings of conferences related to the exploration of space.
It first made its debut on the Internet in November 2002, with the interview with Planetary Society executive director Louis D. Friedman, in
Windows Media. At the same time, KUCIstarted airing Planetary Radio on its schedule, and in February 2004, WMUHadded it to its schedule. It became availabie in MP3format for download in early July 2004. Starting from May 2005, it is also available as a podcast. Archives of previous shows are available and new programs are normally released on Mondays.
As of May, 2007, there are over 105 radio stations and services across the US and the world currently broadcasting "Planetary Radio", along with XM Satellite Radio [ [http://www.planetary.org/radio/stations.html Planetary Radio Carriage Guide] , The Planetary Society Web Site, retrieved 2007-01-15] . Some radio stations in
Malaysiahave expressed interest in broadcasting "Planetary Radio".
* [http://www.planetary.org/radio Planetary Radio page at The Planetary Society's website]
* [http://www.planetary.org/radio/who.html Who's who at Planetary Radio]
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