TIME Podcast – It’s Your Universe, Hosted by Jeffrey Kluger
Pluto and Planet 9
Life in Space: It’s Here, It’s Real, Get Used to It
Jupiter: A Grand Planet; A Failed Star
Mars, The Broken Planet
Earth, The Garden Planet
Venus, The Greenhouse Planet
Mercury, The Roasted Planet
Why We Explore
About It’s Your Universe
Space is humanity’s great fever dream. It’s a place that’s unfathomably beautiful, yet lethally dangerous, a place that’s been beckoning us to visit for millions of years but that we have only recently begun to touch.
I tumbled for the cosmos early—when I was three years old, standing on the lawn with my parents, looking up at the sky for Sputnik, the first satellite. The idea that space was right there, and yet so remote; that the stars were so tiny, yet so huge; and that a machine that had been built by human beings on the safe and familiar Earth was now moving through that huge and hallucinatory void left me in a state of pre-K rapture.
It’s the reason I’ve spent my career covering space—mostly through my stories for Time, as well as through my books, including Apollo 13, which was the basis for the later movie. Now I want to explore space in a different way, with my new podcast, It’s Your Universe. Each week we’ll visit a different part of the cosmic wonderland: galaxies and nebulae, black holes and wormholes, stars and quarks and comets and asteroids—and the unknown forms of life that might be part of it all.
Please join me for season one, as we begin the weekly journey with our solar system—the planets and the dwarf planets and the marble bag of colorful moons that make up our sun’s family. In later episodes we’ll range further—much further—still. Subscribe on iTunes and let’s begin the adventure.
About Jeffrey Kluger
Jeffrey Kluger is Editor at Large for TIME magazine and Time.com, principally covering science and social issues. His most recent nonfiction book is The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed—in Your World, published in 2014. His most recent novel is Freedom Stone, a young-adult tale set on a South Carolina plantation in 1863, published in 2011. He is the author of seven other books, including Apollo 13—coauthored with Jim Lovell, which served as the basis of the 1995 movie—and is at work on a tenth book, also about the space program.
In his time at TIME, Kluger has written hundreds of stories, including more than 40 cover stories. He has appeared regularly on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC and others. He has also made guest appearances on The Colbert Report and Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Before coming to TIME, Kluger worked for Discover magazine, where he was a senior editor and humor columnist. Prior to that, he was health editor at Family Circle magazine and Associate Editor at Science Digest magazine. He is a licensed—though non-practicing attorney; and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.