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.


123 Pieces

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Dave visits with two dear friends, both Poets Laureate of Texas: karla k. morton and Alan Birkelbach. When we last visited with the pair of traveli...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Blue Dot celebrates Christmas with a repeat of the the look at the very first mission to the Moon -- Apollo 8 - which overlapped Christmas Day. Con...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Blue Oyster Cult guitarist, vocalist and co-producer Richie Castellano makes his second appearance on our show to talk about rock guitar effects an...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave once again delves into the Apollo Program 50 years ago with this in depth look at the iconic space suits that Neil Armstrong and his 11 fellow...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Clive R Neal
Dave is joined by planetary geologist Clive Neal from the University of Notre Dame for a spirited conversation on the past, present and future expl...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with fellow science communicator Amy Quinton. Amy and co-host Kat Kerlin are the creators of Unfold a science podcast featuring researc...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by climate and weather expert Daniel Swain from UCLA's School of the Environment and Sustainability. His weather blog, Weather West ...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to the founder and CEO of Generation Genius, Jeff Vinokur. "Dr. Jeff" aka "The Dancing Scientist" has been wowing audiences for the past...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fires at Stebbins Cold Canyon Entry, Near Quail Ridge
The west's epic wildfire season shows now signs of letting up as one Red Flag Warning follows another and millions of acres burn. Dave talks to thr...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Griffith Observatory overlooking Los Angeles
Dave takes a virtual field trip to one of his childhood haunts -- the Griffith Observatory perched above the Los Angeles Basin in Griffith Park. Ou...

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to one of his favorite people on the planet, Ann Druyan. As the wife of the late Carl Sagan, Ann has worked tirelessly since his passing...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Tyler Nordgren
Dave talks to longtime friend and fellow astronomer and artist Tyler Nordgren. In 2017 Tyler invited Dave to join his viewing of the Great American...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to two NASA climate scientists on the topic of global sea level rise. First, longtime friend of Blue Dot Josh Willis joins us to talk ab...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to legendary NBC anchor and correspondent Jim Hartz. While perhaps best known for co-hosting the Today Show for two years from 1974-1976...

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Be sure to tune in next week when BD returns to the beach with Airrion Copeland, a black surfer who produced the documentary WhiteWash about chall...

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  • Added: Aug 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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The CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, Chad Nelsen joins us for a look at their work on protecting beach access and keeping the surf zone safe from c...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Dr. Lucy Jones on KTLA in Los Angeles
Unlike the fictional Indiana, there is a real life Dr. Jones and her name is Lucy. Dave talks to seismologist and disaster preparedness expert Lucy...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jacqueline Novogratz
Dave has been thinking a lot lately, like many of us, about the role that market driven economic policies have on the environment, social justice i...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Frank Quiarte at Maverick's
Big Wave Dave talks surfing! Featuring a conversation between San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Bruce Jenkins and retired NASA Oceanographer Bil...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Doug Hurley (foreground) and Bob Behnken aboard Dragon Demo 2, Credit: SpaceX via NASA
After spending the last two years looking back at the Apollo Program, Dave looks ahead to the Commercial Crew flight program and Project Artemis. W...

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  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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