He led NASA for eight years, but not till he had flown on four Space Shuttle missions and enjoyed a long military career.
Featuring Phillip Comella and Kelley Remole
Canada was the third country in history to launch a satellite into space, but now lags in its space ambitions, capability, and spending. What happened?
The InSight lander has only just arrived on Mars. Now, OSIRIS REx has reached asteroid Bennu.
What do the “seduction movement,” the Virginia Tech shooter, and the Asian-American experience have in common? Wesley Yang thinks and writes with devastating clarity about loneliness, invisibility, and the incoherence of American life.
Join 1,000 anxious yet thrilled space fans at Caltech for our live InSight landing party.
An especially curious listener calls in with a lot of very curious questions.
NASA announced on November 19th that the multi-billion dollar 2020 Mars rover will land in Jezero crater, where it will begin the search for the signature of past life.
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
Planetary Society Chief Advocate Casey Dreier welcomes back space policy expert Marcia Smith for an insider’s look at the aftermath and what may be ahead.
You haven’t seen the best pictures from the Apollo era and other great space achievements till you’ve seen them in 3D. Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May is also mad about stereoscopic imagery.
For two decades she’s traveled the world, photographing humans in crisis. Pulitzer and MacArthur winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario on what it’s all taught her.
Featuring Bianca Jones Marlin and Veronika Meduna
They may be the most important questions in all of science: Where do we come from? Are we alone?
Notes from the Fog author Ben Marcus on Elon Musk, the weird existential joys of the reality TV show Castaways, and whether we will eat in the future.
The Kepler mission has ended. Listen to highlights of the October 30th media briefing that included the father of the fantastically successful planet finder, William Borucki.
The friendly side of North Korea. Men at sea, dancing! Monty Python, of course, and more!
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Lab are preparing to send NEA Scout on a long, light-propelled journey to a near Earth asteroid
RIding the Greyhounds of hell, from New York to El Paso. The grandiose alternate reality of hedge fund traders. Growing up Russian in Reagan's America, and more.
Linda Spilker returns with exciting, just-published research enabled by the 20-year mission’s enormous success
Fake news, real risk, and the messy rise of blockchain media.
We salute humankind’s long history of stargazing by checking in on what will be our planet’s largest telescope.
Man Booker prize winners Olga Tocarczuk and her translator Jennifer Croft on maps that lead nowhere, plasticized anatomies, and humor across national borders.
Featuring Sushma Subramanian and Nick Andersen
It's NASA's 60th birthday! On October 1st, 1958 NASA began operations. We provide the audio equivalent of looking at the space program's baby pictures as we explore its origin story
Rage Margie has been uncorked!
The Dean of space policy, John Logsdon, returns with stories and a new book of original documents that shaped the US space program from the birth of NASA to SpaceX
A nation born in revolution will forever struggle against chaos. Jill Lepore, author of These Truths, on the surprising roots of the mess America's in.
Featuring Fiona Calvert and Shane Hanlon
Today, we take a step back to imagine a world without a web of GPS satellites telling your smartphone where you are every second of the day. While this might sound scary, come along and maybe you’ll discover you have a secret sixth sense...one that’s b...
A mostly SpaceX episode as the ambitious company provides updated details regarding its huge new rocket and introduces its first astronauts
How a mother-daughter obsession became a massive and dangerous industry. The weird history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Featuring Cailin Gallinger and Rose DF
A seismic shake-up at a venerable literary gatekeeper. Shallow and not-so-shallow consumerism. The Paris Review’s new editor on old ghosts, new voices, and what’s worth keeping.
Featuring Stephen Macknick & Susana Martinez-Conde and Africa Stewart
Mat Kaplan’s Huntsville, Alabama trip wraps up with a tour of the historic and history-making Marshall Space Flight Center
Featuring Evelyn Valdez-Ward and Samuel Achilefu
Host Mat Kaplan begins a two-episode visit to Huntsville and the Marshall Space Flight Center, recorded this week at the US Space and Rocket Center
Featuring Veronica Ades and Tracey Segarra
Featuring Jacey Powers, Rasha Khoury, and Molly Gaebe
Hey, there's some news. With Kristen away, Margie talks to Bryan Bennett from The Hub about investigation polling.
Pluto passed in front of a star on the evening of August 14. Mat Kaplan joined pro and amateur astronomers on a mountain to observe this rare event.
Congo is one of the most culturally diverse, mineral rich, and beautiful places on Earth. But the “heart of darkness” colonizers dreamed into being still bleeds. Daniel McCabe’s documentary This is Congo lets this wounded nation speak for itself.
We have so much to learn about Venus, says JPL scientist Sue Smrekar
In Egypt, comedy can be a matter of life and death. But life in America's no cakewalk either. Political satirist Bassem Youssef on reinventing yourself, crossing cultural lines, and the future of space exploration.
Space exploration leaders at the 2018 Committee on Space Research Assembly in Pasadena, California
When you’re a Hasidic woman in Borough Park, Brooklyn, starting an ambulance corps is a radical act. Documentary filmmaker Paula Eiselt on the push-pull of identity and cultural change in her film 93Queen.
The Planetary Society's new principles for human spaceflight, and serious questions about whether we are on the path to Mars
Our world was rocked by last week’s announcement of good radar evidence for a liquid water “lake” under the Red Planet’s south pole.
On hallucinating a teensy Virgin Mary in a water fountain, our weird relationship to fame, her stint as an elf-hunting camp counselor, and more in what feels like a 4 am college conversation with the inimitable Parker Posey.