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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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
  • Purchases: 1
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Dave talks to two scientists studying the solar system but in very different ways. First he visits with Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary sc...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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You probably learned in school that the Earth is not a perfect sphere but rather an "oblate spheroid" meaning that it bulges a bit at the equator. ...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave chats with Tim James about his new book, Astronomical: From Quasars to Quarks the Science of Space at its Strangest. The book, scheduled for r...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with Brendan Byrne, space reporter for NPR affiliate WMFE in Orlando, Florida about a very busy 2021 in the space business with commerc...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with Northwestern University neuroscientist Nina Kraus about her work on the science of sound and its importance to our brains. As she ...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Dave and Matt at the Juniper Lake Campgroud
Dave and producer Matt Fidler were the first two journalists allowed into Lassen Volcanic National Park after the Dixie Fire, the largest single fi...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with the Sustainability Director at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Claudia Pineda Tibbs as they discuss the many ways that the iconic ocean...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to geologist and author John Dvorak about his new book: How The Mountains Formed: A New Geological History of North America. The geologi...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Reading Fire (2012) Burn Area -- Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo by Joan Pendleton
While the large fires such as Dixie (likely to become the largest in California history) and Caldor continue burning their way through the Northern...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with research scientist Carson Jeffres from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences to talk about, well, watersheds! What are they? ...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Millions of people enjoy spending summer months fishing for a variety of trout species with the rainbow being perhaps the most popular. But in this...

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to two of his favorite YouTube content providers, Alice Ford and Jessica Mills. Alice is a stuntwoman based in Los Angeles who enjoys tr...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Apollo 15Commander Dave Scott with the Lunar Rover at Hadley Rille., Credit: Photo taken by Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin.
Our Apollo@50 series continues with the first truly scientific exploration of the Moon -- the Apollo 15 mission. With new hardware including an orb...

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to legendary deep ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard about his new book, Into The Deep: a Memoir by The Man Who Found Titanic. Since the ...

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  • Added: Jul 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to retired University of Iowa Physicist Donald Gurnett about his amazing career as a pioneer of the field of space plasma physics. Don w...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Dave convenes a panel of experts on something that is the most important topic of the 21st century: climate change. Ellery McQuilkin, a recent gue...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1