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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Dave takes us into the fascinating and vitally important world of groundwater science. Journalist and author of the book Water Always Wins introduc...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sy Montgomery with Peregrine Falcon Banshee
Dave has a most enjoyable visit with kindred spirit Sy Montgomery. A naturalist, adventurer and accomplished author, Montgomery begins by discussin...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with two very special people. Kendra Atleework is the author of Miracle Country: a Memoir of a Family and a Landscape and her father Ro...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with Aberdeen, Scotland based author Esther Woolfson about her book, Between Light and Storm: How We Live with Other Species. A gifted ...

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fort Bragg
Blue Dot investigates the concept of the Blue Economy, using ocean resources in a more responsible, sustainable way as being practiced in the small...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with British born Thailand resident Fred Hogge about his new book, Of Ice and Men: How We've Used Cold to Transform Humanity. In it, Ho...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Apollo 17 image of the Earth "The Blue Marble."    NASA
We conclude our Apollo@50 series of looks at the Apollo missions to the Moon with looks back and forward. With the recent success of the uncrewed A...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Night Launch of Apollo 17, December 7, 1972(NASA)
Blue Dot's Apollo@50 series nears its conclusion with part one of our look back at the final lunar mission, Apollo 17. The final of three spectacul...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to the three winners, out of 14, 000 entrants for the Young Engineers/NASA Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. Austin Pritts, Taia Saurer an...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Ed Stone
Blue Dot spotlights the amazing career of one of America's greatest space scientists, Ed Stone. Stone was the Project Scientist for the Voyager mis...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave gets to talk about one of his most favorite things in life: dogs. British Author Jules Howard joins the host of Blue Dot to talk about his lat...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with one of the true heroes of environmental activism in the U.S. and the world -- Bill McKibben. His 1989 book, The End of Nature, McK...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by Clare Fieseler, the co author of a new National Geographic kids book, No Boundaries: 25 Women Scientists and Explorers share Adve...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Dave visits with Oxford University climate scientist Tim Woollings about his book, Jet Stream: a Journey through our Changing Climate. The jet stre...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with folks from the newly renamed Cal Poly Humboldt about the marine biology programs there. WIth a long tradition of marine sciences t...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

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  • 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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