Reviews For Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

The show provides an excellent source of news and non-partisan commentary about the space program. My only criticism is that in their attempt to be non-partisan, they seem reluctant to criticize politicians or parties even when they are unsupportive or less supportive of NASA than others.
I rarely leave reviews but this is something special. I have always had a fantasy of space and after hearing many space podcasts (and being disappointed) I was exuberant to find one. I love how the episodes are consistent and the weekly content is new!
Couldn’t leave the politics out of it! Too bad. The new Religion of science. Lost me!
I really look forward to this podcast each week. Mat has a great “radio/podcast” presence. Love it!
This is such a fine part of what the Planetary Society offers, and it makes me proud to be a member. Mat Kaplan is as intelligent, excited and involved with the stories and guests as you’d expect, but even more patient, kind and thoughtful than you might anticipate until you listen to the podcast. It’s educational and uplifting to listen to every episode, and gives me an extra boost on “hump day” Thank you Bruce for your weekly portion as well, always entertaining and often reminds me to look up at night, as well as educating me on space history. Huge props to everyone at PS, past, present and future! Also many thanks to Emily L for her contribution to the podcast and to The Planetary Society, including her wonderful lessons on how to process raw images from Hubble and other telescopes and spacecraft. Extraordinary! Ad astra :)
The host, Mat Kaplan, is such a great interviewer! I appreciate what I've learned from episode to episode. Thanks for organizing this show and having such amazing guests. Of course, thanks to Bruce Betts and all the work that he does for the Planetary Society and his additions to the end of every episode!! Live long and prosper.
Every episode continues to be interesting! They somehow manage to bring in the best experts every week and always have something new about our universe to discuss. The best podcast for anyone interested in space.
Tihis is wondeful for anyone who cares about space, planets, space travel, and astronomy.Subscribe, adn become a member of the Planetary Society too!
Always an excellent podcast for space nerds. I really love the space policy edition.
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.
Highly accessible podcast. Thank you!
So disappointed in the Planetary Radio show. It is so ironic that a program that scares people for funding is completely closed minded about the possibilities. Burn the books and be a planetary society only perspective? I don’t think so. In no way do I believe ufos have aliens, but the arrogance of this podcast compelled to express my disgust for Casey’s arrogance and self importance. Hope you are the first to be stuck by your asteroid.
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.

5/5

My 8 year old grandson is remarkably knowledgeable about the solar system and beyond. This fascinating podcast helps me keep one step ahead of him. Thanks!
a well-produced weekly show that will appeal to people of all backgrounds. Word of caution- the monthly “policy” episode tries too hard to convince that it does not take sides but it quickly becomes apparent there is a political preference.
Mat Kaplan is a fantastic interviewer, wicked sharp, and incredibly kind. You can feel his passion for the subject, and getting to hear from space-related professionals is fascinating! And the policy discussion episodes are great!!!! Super informative. And I just love “What’s Up” with Bruce at the end of each show. Corny and full of great facts!!! Only complaint is that its just once a week!!!! We want more!!!
Everything that you need to know about space exploration right here in this podcast. Whether you want to know about what’s in the night sky, what missions are in progress, or what Washington is doing in regards to space policy - it’s all right here! Mat Kaplan deserves a tip of the hat for his well spoken remarks and intuitive interviewing. Also a hats off to our good fried Bruce Betts for keeping our heads looking up and Mat on his toes!
Love every episode. More please.
Your program is soo informative and i appreciate the hard work of everyone involved to provide us with this knowledge. <>Henry Williams III
Great podcast for folks interested in the happenings of space and all things orbital industry.
I look forward every Wednesday to the release of the new episode of planetary radio. The knowledge and enthusiasm of Mat Kaplan and his many guests adds weekly to my knowledge of and enthusiasm for space exploration and planetary science. Check it out!
I fast forward the profane ranting Bill Nye. Unforgivable & unprofessional when I heard it.
Young professional/ student in the aerospace industry and have listened to a number of space podcasts, but this is by far the best. Combines unique space policy insight with great speakers and keeps me up to date on exciting things happening in the industry

5/5

By fpdins
Well done on all fronts. As someone who had always loved space but only recently focused on it regularly this is exactly what I was looking for.
They don’t dumb it down. They have fun! Love the variety of shows. Matt is a great host. But, I think Bill Nye should pay him more 😀
For someone who casually enjoys astronomy and science, I enjoy each and episode of this podcast, especially the Space Policy editions because I live in Washington, DC.
I’ve been in love with absolutely anything space or science related since I was a kid. This podcast helps me keep the passion alive and well. After listening for a while all I want is to be involved in this incredible industry anyway I possibly can.
This podcast is one of a very few that I listen to every week without fail. The content is varied and fascinating. Mat Kaplan does a great job keeping the content both timely and insightful. I particularly loved the episodes focused on mission successes and new science initiatives/discoveries. I can’t recommend this podcast highly enough to anyone with an interest in space. I frequently leave the podcast feeling more optimistic about our prospects as a species, which can be difficult to find in the day to day news cycle.
Want to know what’s going on across our little slice of the cosmos, and not get buried in technical jargon? This is the podcast for you! Just enough science to make the listeners feel smart (this one, anyway) mixed in with such contagious enthusiasm and excitement = a winning formula. And after listening a few times, I dare you not to want to join The Planetary Society. Double dare, even. :)
The host is entertaining and easy to listen to. Always very interesting space subjects discussed.
This show is the best way to stay up to date on what’s happening in space. Fascinating conversations with key players, fun facts, coverage of everything from detailed science to governmental policy to art. And all by the passionate team at the Planetary Society. My favorite podcast!

5/5

Space is the last frontier. This podcast will literally lifted you above your worries and everyday life. Learn about other planets, future exploration, new ideas, space policies, international collaboration and more importantly the future of humanity. One hour of pure evasion each week. Superb!
Planetary Radio is outstanding and delivers podcast excellence week after week. If you are a space enthusiast or merely interested in planetary exploration this is the podcast for you!
Great podcast : ) Great topics every week !
I’m currently majoring in Aerospace engineering and astrodynamics so take this with a grain of salt if you’re not! I love the show. It’s a great way to find more information on topics you’ve heard about, learn about topics you haven’t heard about, and relate all of the interesting (or nerdy) space topics to their political counter parts in the Space Policy Edition. If you’re interest at all in space, give it a listen!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for years. It is informative and entertaining and really gives insight into the workings of the space program.
I am not a “Rocket Scientist “, but I Love anything that talks about Space. I am amazed at how much advancement has taken place in even the 3 months! I can’t understand why no one gets that the future is in Space! Future wars will begin in Space, and future life will be in Space. I cringe at how far ahead the USA has let China get! NASA needs to be well funded and it scares me that Biden may be the new President, and he just won’t get it. The only aliens he cares about are of the foreign kind. Anyway, I love Planetary podcast, I never miss a show. Thanks

5/5

By choc124
Great!
Planetary Radio brings us an in-depth interview with a fascinating person working on space, astronomy or cosmology wrapped in shave news and backyard astronomy.
I love the range of topics covered and the hopeful tone of the podcast. It’s a great chronicle of our first steps into space.
I love listening to “rocket science” topics in an easy listening mode, I actually learn stuff without trying. A great place to keep up to date on things happening in space.
This podcast is a great way to expand your understanding of space related activities, the people who make it all possible, their impacts on the ground and why it all matters. If you love space, or just want to learn more, be sure to give this a listen.
Mat is an excellent host with great guests. Accessible to the space-curious with lots of depth and news
I feel like listening to this podcast is like donating to the humane society and giving your real address. Yes, you support them but.... you don’t want all the junk mail they send. Please stop talking consistently about signing up to be a member your organization.
I'm supplementing my review to add this: Mat Kaplan may be the greatest interviewer currently working in any medium. I get excited every week when I see that there's a new edition of the Planetary Radio podcast, or the monthly Space Policy Edition. They provide fascinating, up-to-the minute talks with everyone from astronauts to academics, and I always learn new things about science, history and politics. The Planetary Society staff is full of smart, cool, fun people, and it's a continual pleasure to listen to Mat Kaplan, Bruce Betts, Emily Lakdawalla, Casey Dreier, Jason Davis and the rest, including CEO Bill Nye (cooler than whom you do not get). I'm a longtime admirer of The Planetary Society's work, so I was a member for years before I discovered the podcast, but if the only thing my membership paid for was the podcast, I would consider it money well spent. And I will not rest until I win the space trivia contest!
Thanks to Mat, Bruce and the crew for years of informative wonder! Ad Astra! 🖖♾
I love the in depth interviews. It’s so rare to find a podcast that goes so deep into space topics and has the clout to get big names in NASA, JPL, APL, even the entertainment industry and congress. The host, Mat Kaplan has such a relaxing voice to listen to, and produces top notch segments. Also love the space policy editions Casey runs so we learn exactly what is going on in government and how we can influence! All around great show. I have listened for years now and wish I had discovered it sooner!
This is the ideal podcast for science lovers of all kinds. I myself love space and everything having to do with space, astronomy, and all the neat things that make up our universe(s). Of course, we all love StarTalk with Neil Degrasse Tyson and hilarious comic co-host, Chuck Nice.... that’s the best science podcast on earth and among my favorite podcasts as a whole (I prefer comedy podcasts but dabble into science and sci-fi podstories such as “The Message” and “Limetown” which I high suggest listening too as they will entertain you while leaving you wanting more). Obviously, it’s very tough to be better than Neil Degrasse when it comes to speaking about science in a fun manner, however this podcast is my 2nd choice even though they don’t attempt comedy and mainly focus on the “actually science”. My one SUGGESTION for this podcast would be to have a comic co-host or invite different comics to come do the show. Obviously you won’t bring in Joe Rogan (he loves science so not out of the realm of possibility, but pretty close to it haha), but there are plenty of hilarious low-mid level comedians who are early in their career and would love the additional reach they can obtain by being on your show. While I love all things space, a podcast that just list/discusses science facts/news can get extremely boring and monotonous causing my mind to wander and therefore, I am not really enjoying and engaged with the show. Adding a comedian to each podcast could, hell I’ll even say “would”, make this podcast better and reach a much wider audience.... inviting comics will also help your numbers as comic fans will hear about this show. I know this is a long review so I hope this demonstrates that I actually care about this podcast and just want it to be better and more engaging... the topics are fine, but the hosts can sometime be boring and adding a comic will improve the show immensely. Best, CG