Mat Kaplan loves hosting and producing Planetary Radio. He was just 17 when he got his first job in broadcasting, yet it wasn't until the 2002 premiere of The Society's popular weekly broadcast and podcast series that he combined his twin loves of space and radio. A Planetary Society staff member for more than 15 years, Mat also plans and manages technical support for our Planetfest celebrations and other major events and webcasts.
Outside of The Planetary Society, he hosts a series of live events for Southern California Public Radio called NEXT: People|Science|Tomorrow, and frequently serves as moderator or speaker at space and science gatherings. His extensive background in journalism has ranged from public radio reporter covering the political conventions to movie reviewer for an international magazine. Some may remember him as a correspondent for a pioneering national TV series about personal computers. Mat also enjoyed a 30-year career in higher education that included major television awards and recognition for service to the community. The longtime Long Beach, California resident has two adult daughters raised to be citizens of the solar system.
Mat is available as a moderator or host for conversations about space and science topics. He’s also a passionate speaker about the mission of The Planetary Society, the importance of space exploration and development, and the history of human fascination with Mars, including robotic exploration of the Red Planet.
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Totally Arctic Wrestling Kicks Off In Inuvik
Yes pro-wrestling has officially kicked on in the Arctic. Used to be you would have to hoof it down south to take in a bout of good old-fashioned wrestling, but thanks to the organizers and performers at Totally Arctic Wrestling (TAW), some of the best Full Nelsons and Diving Headbutts are actually found by going farther north.
Council of Yukon First Nations Announces $4.4 Million Nutritional Program in Rural Communities
Children and youth in Yukon First Nations rural communities are set to have access to two meals a day, five days a week thanks to a new initiative launched by the Council of Yukon First nations (CYFN) today. The announcement from Grand Chief Peter Johnston and Executive Director Shadelle Chambers outlined the aims of the new program and how the funding through Jordan’s Principle, approved by Indigenous Services Canada, would be put to use.
Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub Launches in Whitehorse
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship group at the Yukon College officially launched the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) at the Yukon College Northlight Innovation building in downtown Whitehorse. The hub is one of nine across Canada but is the only one in the territories and is aimed at aiding female business owners, or women interested in starting a business anywhere in the territory.