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 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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Caption:  A pic from Amy's blog of Tracy Cernan and Amy Bean when they were kids holding pics of their Apollo astronaut Dads Gene and Alan.
Dave visits with some very special friends! Amy Bean, Tracy Cernan and Gwen Griffin all grew up inside the Apollo Moon program during the late 1960...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Longtime listeners to Blue Dot know that Dave has a lifelong fascination with the Moon from its exploration to its role in eclipses. But how did ou...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode, inspired by our good friend Alan Stern, the Principal Investigator for the New Horizons Spacecraft, we examine a question that has...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sasha Sagan's new book
In this very special episode Dave talks to the daughter of the man he likes to call "the patron saint of Blue Dot," Carl Sagan. Sasha Sagan was onl...

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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For scientists in the fields of chemistry, medicine and physics, there is the Nobel Prize and all the accolades that come with it. But for scientis...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: A very real image of Pete Conrad, taken by Al Bean, standing next to the Surveyor 3
Blue Dot's "Apollo at 50" series continues with this look back at Apollo 12 which took place in November of 1969. Dave often says that, "Apollo 12 ...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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On this episode, Dave interviews Hayley Dieckmann, one of the team of veterinarians from the University of California at Davis Emergency Veterinary...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00