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Let’s Redirect an Asteroid – This week on “Planetary Radio”

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Featured, News, Radio News | 0 comments

Let’s Redirect an Asteroid – This week on “Planetary Radio”

ARM is the Asteroid Redirect Mission, and sometimes it seems that it doesn’t have a friend in the world. But it does, and Jonathan Goff of Altius Space Machines is one. Emily Lakdawalla reports on the Curiosity rover’s latest drill down into Mars. Bill Nye the Science Guy says LightSail is just one of the many cubesats planned for space missions. Bruce Betts helps Mat Kaplan with his pronunciation on this week’s edition of What’s Up.

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The Planetary Society’s weekly show that takes your listeners to the final frontier.    
Featuring commentary by Society CEO 
Bill Nye the Science Guy. 
Each week, Planetary Radio visits with the scientists, engineers, astronauts and leaders who are taking us deep into the solar system and across the universe, with regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face.

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Landscapes of Longevity – This week on “With Good Reason”

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Featured, News, Radio News | 0 comments

Landscapes of Longevity  – This week on “With Good Reason”

Blue zones are areas of the world that have been identified as having the longest expected lifespans. Reuben Rainey and Asa Eslocker (University of Virginia) explain the factors that create these “landscapes of longevity.” Plus: Today, most computers have more than one tiny silicon brain that makes them tick—this is called parallel computing. And yet, kids are still learning to program for only one “brain.” Wu-chun Feng (Virginia Tech) is working on an interface that makes parallel computing much less intimidating. He is also accelerating cancer research using Microsoft Cloud.

Later in the show: Sometimes all it takes to get kids excited about science is a bag full of eyeballs. Robert Tai (University of Virginia) has spent years studying when and why kids fall in love with science. Henry Alan Rowe (Norfolk State University) uses fire and static electricity to draw students into chemistry. Plus: Science class matters even for kids who grow up to be writers or bankers. Tina Grotzer explains how science can help kids understand the causes of what’s going on around them. And: Students who don’t love science class, might find their way via…math? Eric Pyle (James Madison University) says combining math class with earth sciences can make both subjects better.

“With Good Reason” is available as both an hour and half hour show. For more information, click HERE.

Lochsa Lodge – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Featured, News, Radio News | 0 comments

Lochsa Lodge – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Each year Odyssey Tours and Clay Jenkinson host a winter humanities retreat at Lochsa Lodge in north-central Idaho. This week’s program, hosted by Russ Eagle, was recorded on location during the winter book retreat and and features questions for President Jefferson from those in attendance.

For more information about The Thomas Jefferson Hour, click HERE.

The Truth About Cultural Bias – This week on “With Good Reason”

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

The Truth About Cultural Bias – This week on “With Good Reason”

Sharply different reactions to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial reveal the racial divide that persists in America. The author of a book about race and cultural bias, Allen Lewis (James Madison University), looks at race in light of the Obama presidency and the George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn court cases. Also: The Geography of Slavery website catalogues more than 4,000 advertisements offering rewards for runaway slaves (including one written by Thomas Jefferson) placed in newspapers in the later part of the 18th century. Tom Costa (University of Virginia’s College at Wise) says these advertisements humanize the stories of the runaway men and women and will also be used in the classroom to teach American history. And: Bridgett Robertson (Virginia State University) says three-fourths of all African-Americans use Twitter and are using it to discuss political and social issues of importance to the black community.

Later in the show: Civil rights activist Bob Moses famously helped organize a voter registration drive in Mississippi that changed the political landscape for the black community. He also believed that something else was necessary for full citizenship in society: math literacy. Oliver Hill (Virginia State University) agrees that learning algebra is a civil right. Also featured: John Nunnery (Old Dominion University) has caught the attention of the White House with his classroom collaboration model that gets children excited about math. And: Rose Asera tells the remarkable story of how Uri Treisman transformed Berkeley’s math program.

“With Good Reason” is available as both an hour and half hour show. For more information, click HERE.

Found! Beagle 2 on Mars – This week on “Planetary Radio”

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Found! Beagle 2 on Mars – This week on “Planetary Radio”

The Beagle 2 Mars lander disappeared after it separated from the Mars Express orbiter on Christmas Day, 2003. Eleven years later, it has been found, partially-deployed on the Martian surface. Longtime Beagle 2 mission leader Mark Sims tells the story. Bill Nye argues for restoration of funds for two great missions. Emily Lakdawalla marvels at incredibly detailed images taken by the Rosetta comet mission. What’s Up goes to school as Mat Kaplan talks to Bruce Betts during his live distance learning astronomy class.

Guests:

  • Mark Sims, Professor of Astrobiology and Spacecraft Instrumentation, University of Leicester
The Planetary Society’s weekly show that takes your listeners to the final frontier.    
Featuring commentary by Society CEO 
Bill Nye the Science Guy. 
Each week, Planetary Radio visits with the scientists, engineers, astronauts and leaders who are taking us deep into the solar system and across the universe, with regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face.

For more information about Planetary Radio, click HERE.

To Live Deliberately – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

To Live Deliberately – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Clay Jenkinson discusses the meaning of Walden by Henry David Thoreau and how it can apply in contemporary times.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.

Henry David Thoreau

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Year of the Icy Worlds – This week on “Planetary Radio”

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Year of the Icy Worlds – This week on “Planetary Radio”

Emily Lakdawalla coined the phrase, and it is exquisitely appropriate. We’ll visit the Jet Propulsion Lab on its Icy Worlds Day to learn more about spacecraft exploring Ceres, Enceladus and Europa from leaders of these missions. Emily Lakdawalla has assembled a family album for the two moons of Mars. Casey Dreier stands in for Bill Nye with a special review of the new NASA budget. And a healthy, hearty Bruce Betts is back with lots of What’s Up in the night sky.

Guests:

  • Bob Pappalardo, Principal Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Marc Rayman, Dawn Chief Engineer and Mission Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Planetary Society’s weekly show that takes your listeners to the final frontier.    
Featuring commentary by Society CEO 
Bill Nye the Science Guy. 
Each week, Planetary Radio visits with the scientists, engineers, astronauts and leaders who are taking us deep into the solar system and across the universe, with regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face.

For more information about Planetary Radio, click HERE.

I Am…In Love – This week on “With Good Reason”

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

I Am…In Love – This week on “With Good Reason”

Sonali Gulati’s (Virginia Commonwealth University) film, I Am, chronicles her personal journey to Delhi, India, where she confronts the loss of her mother whom she never came out to as gay. And: For parents who are gay or transgendered, the act of coming out to their adult children can be scary. Jennifer Apperson and Sarai Blincoe (Longwood University) conducted a survey that found adult children are more accepting than their parents might think.

Later in the show: In their book, Waking up Together: Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual Path, Ellen and Charles Birx (Radford University) explore how a spiritual practice can enhance intimacy and partnership. As they say in the first chapter: “In one sense we journey alone, but in another we wake up together.” Also: On the flip side of Valentine’s Day, Nina Brown (Old Dominion University) has written a book of advice called Coping with Infuriating, Mean, Critical People. These people might include colleagues, bosses, friends, parents, and lovers who boast and brag constantly, take credit for other people’s work, expect favors, and never listen.

“With Good Reason” is available as both an hour and half hour show. For more information, click HERE.

Outer Banks Dinner – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Outer Banks Dinner – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

This week’s show was recorded at Coastal Provisions restaurant located near North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Joining Thomas Jefferson is this week’s host Daniel Lewis and Monticello’s talented vegetable gardener Pat Brodowski.

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Tales From a 4 Billion Year Old Piece of Mars…On Earth – This week on “Planetary Radio”

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Tales From a 4 Billion Year Old Piece of Mars…On Earth – This week on “Planetary Radio”
Robina Shaheen and Mark Thiemens tell us how an ancient Mars meteorite has revealed much about the red planet. Mat holds a tiny fragment of the rock in their UC San Diego lab. Emily Lakdawalla marvels at the best ever images of dwarf planet Ceres, largest object in the vast asteroid belt. Bill Nye says there’s good news for NASA in the new federal budget. Get your flu shot before you listen to this week’s What’s Up segment.

Guests:

  • Mark Thiemens, Professor and Dean, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California San Diego
  • Robina Shaheen, Project Scientist, University of California San Diego
The Planetary Society’s weekly show that takes your listeners to the final frontier.    
Featuring commentary by Society CEO 
Bill Nye the Science Guy. 
Each week, Planetary Radio visits with the scientists, engineers, astronauts and leaders who are taking us deep into the solar system and across the universe, with regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face.

For more information about Planetary Radio, click HERE.