Blue Dot

Series produced by North State Public Radio

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Conversations exploring where science and pop culture collide. Hosted by Dave Schlom with audio production by Matt Fidler.

Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities. Host Dave Schlom leads discussions about the issues science is helping us address with experts who shed light on climate change, space exploration, astronomy, technology and much more. Dave asks us to remember: from deep space, we all live on a pale, blue dot.


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Caption: Kim Stanley Robinson
Bestselling science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson joins Dave to talk about his latest book, a work of non fiction. The High Sierra: a Love St...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Dave look at the fire damage east of the Park Road
Dave is joined by Producer Matt Fidler as Blue Dot returns to Lassen Volcanic National Park one year after the massive Dixie Fire. Along the way th...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave checks out the findings from a new NASA instrument flying aboard the International Space Station called ECOSTRESS. The instrument provides dat...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave gets a chance to revisit one of his favorite topics -- the twin Voyager spacecraft that began their explorations of the outer solar system and...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with grant winners from a NASA program designed to boost and accelerate science and engineering programs with potential space applicati...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined once again by special co host Kendall Hall, astronomer and physics professor at California State University Chico as we dive into th...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Dee O'Hara
As part of our ongoing Apollo@50 series, Dave visits with Dee O'Hara, the "nurse to the astronauts." Hired by NASA in November 1959, Dee was a pivo...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to three contributors to the book NASA and The Long Civil Rights Movement. Recently published for the first time as a paperback, the boo...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Persian Gulf from Orbit
Dave investigates an effort in the Persian Gulf to bring scientists together to protect and further study this politically and ecologically diverse...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Blue Dot takes a trip to the Red Dot as Dave talks to British geologist/geophysicist and science fiction writer Simon Morden. In his new book, The ...

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Gordon Telepun
Dave is joined by eclipse guru Gordon Telepun to talk about the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. While that may seem a ways off, anyo...

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Most folks who regularly swims in the ocean has some level of trepidation about sharks but in reality -- there are far more likely ways for you to ...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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The Point Conception region just north of Santa Barbara is one of the last remaining wild portions of coastal ecosystems in Southern California. It...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with James Zimring, Professor of Experimental Pathology at the University of Virginia. In a follow up to his seminal work, What Science...

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  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Simon Barnes lion watching at Kafue N.P. Zambia
Dave visits with award winning journalist and author Simon Barnes. For decades Barnes was one of the main sports writers for the Times of London an...

  • Added: May 19, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by Canadian geophysicist and fellow science communicator Mika McKinnon to talk about their mutual passion for the Earth Sciences, es...

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  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with the 2022 recipient of the Frank Drake Award from the SETI Institute, Dr. Shelley Wright. Wright has pioneered instrumentation and ...

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  • Added: May 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Blue Dot's Apollo@50 series continues with part two of our look back at the flight of Apollo 16 in April of 1972. This ambitious mission to explore...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Apollo 16 crew: Thomas K. Mattingly II, John W. Young, Charles M. Duke Jr.
Blue Dot's signature Apollo@50 series continues with the fifth lunar landing mission, Apollo 16. In April of 1972 the crew of Commander John Young,...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave gets to talk to his teenage crush, English vocalist Annie Haslam from the progressive/art rock band Renaissance. Annie has had an amazing care...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2022
  • Length: 59:00