Mat Kaplan loves hosting and producing Planetary Radio for the Planetary Society, the world’s largest grassroots space advocacy group. The award-winning series features weekly conversations with the scientists and engineers, astronauts and advocates who are leading humankind’s expansion into the final frontier, and includes a regular segment with Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy. Mat 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. He has been on the staff of the Planetary Society for more than 15 years. Mat also hosts and co-produces “NEXT: People|Science|Tomorrow” for KPCC/Southern California Public Radio. NEXT is an exciting series of live events that look to the future of science and how it will continue to reshape society and what it means to be human. He is also a regular moderator or speaker at space and science gatherings in California and around the world. An 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 at California State University, Long Beach that included major awards for television production and service to the community. The longtime Long Beach, California, resident has two adult daughters raised to be citizens of the solar system.