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 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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Dave visits with legendary United States Geological Survey volcanologist Donald Swanson in this look back at the eruption of Mt. St. Helens on May ...

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  • Added: May 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Peggy Whitson and her home planet
Dave talks to retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. She holds records for the most time in space for any American, any woman and commanded the Inte...

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  • Added: May 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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In the conclusion of our look back at the Apollo 13 mission 50 years ago, Dave is joined by Barbara Lovell Harrison, John Aaron and Andrew Chaikin....

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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In a time of global crisis, it's good to look to the lessons of history, to help us understand that we do have the ability to overcome terrible adv...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Our home planet.
On this episode we look back in space and time to examine the life of an extraordinary pioneer of the space race and literally our place in space -...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, musician and all around amazing guy, Daniel Levitin. His This is Your Brain On Music spent...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to one of the world's leading climate scientists, Dr. Gavin Schmidt from NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York. Schmidt ...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode Dave visits with Stockton Rush, founder and CEO of OceanGate in Everett, Washington. The company is working on an ambitious plan to...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Even casual observers of the night sky are familiar with the winter constellation Orion. It's two brightest stars, Rigel and Betelgeuse and its thr...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, musician and all around amazing guy, Daniel Levitin. His This is Your Brain On Music spent...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Mars 2020
Dave talks to two of the Deputy Project Scientists deeply involved with the Curiosity Rover, which has been exploring Gale Crater since 2012, and t...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Dave and his rescue dog, Ellie.
In this episode, Dave is going to the dogs. Literally. But that's OK with him because Dave loves dogs and dogs love him and now, thanks to Dr. Cliv...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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