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.


156 Pieces

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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...

  • 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
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NASA recently announced seed funding for a set of fascinating and futuristic proposals that may someday become reality. Like something out of scien...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Weather is an important part of the daily lives and commerce of the U.S. In charge of keeping us apprised and safe is the National Weather Service....

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with three members of the SETI Insitute based in Mountain View, California. Since its inception in the early 80's, the institute has so...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave returns to his alma mater, CSU Chico, to find out about some of the research being done by Chemistry and Environmental Science students. First...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave takes a break from the heavy issues of climate change, drought, etc. to have some fun with his two favorite sports journalists, 49ers Insider ...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave gets to talk about one of his favorite topics, spaceflight history, with NASA/JPL Historian Eric Conway. We cover the roots of the CalTech Pas...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave helps profile two NASA missions, one about to begin and one that has just completed. First we preview the NEA Scout mission that will launch a...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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After a promising start to the winter with an autumn atmospheric river event and a series of storms in December, California residents started to br...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave welcomes back California State University at Chico Pyrogeographer Don Hankins. They talk about Don's background as a member of the plains Miwo...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by special guest co-host Dr. Kendall Hall (Professor of Physics CSU Chico) to visit with James Webb Space Telescope science team mem...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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As a former classroom science teacher, Dave knows all too well that climate change education is a tough nut to crack in the U.S. K-12 school system...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Dave gets to visit with three people from one of his favorite businesses on the planet: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Retired UC Davis Professor C...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits his alma mater, CSU Chico to check out the new science building and the big take away isn't just the magnificent edifice, but what is g...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave checks in on the Mars rovers, first with Perseverance systems engineer and planetary scientist Vivian Sun as they discuss the rover's operatio...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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