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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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
Caption: James Zimring
Dave visits with James Zimring, author of the new book What Science is and How it Really Works. In a wide ranging conversation that covers everythi...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Western Flyer in restoration at Port Townsend, WA
In this episode we explore the amazing story of the Western Flyer, the fishing boat immortalized by John Steinbeck in his 1940 book The Log From Th...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Western Flyer in restoration at Port Townsend, WA
In this episode we explore the amazing story of the Western Flyer, the fishing boat immortalized by John Steinbeck in his 1940 book The Log From Th...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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The award winning documentary The Biggest Little Farm is the focus of Dave's conversation with film maker turned farmer John Chester. He and his wi...

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  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Climate Elvis with Al Roker
Dave talks to longtime friend of the program, Josh Willis, the Principal Investigator for NASA's OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) program. Josh was f...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Leonard and Alan Stern
On this Best of Blue Dot we revisit our Father's Day episode that featured three pairs of father's and their kids that went on to careers in scienc...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave investigates the idea that the boundary between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates may be in the process of "stepping" eastward fr...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Photo by Kim Fulton Bennett of Dave Schlom in the control room of the MBARI Research Vessel Rachel Carson
Dave traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this summer where he learned about many of the institute's scientific...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lassen Peak
Lassen Volcanic National Park is the latest addition to the University of California Natural Reserve System. The 41 units of the UCNRS represent vi...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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We examine the complex series of fault ruptures and earthquakes that struck near Ridgecrest in Southern California over the July 4 weekend of 2019....

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • 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...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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A few degrees of planetary warming may not sound alarming but it is. A few microseconds of error don't sound like much but they can mean the diffe...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00