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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The Dot goes deep Blue on this episode as we explore the mysterious and immense submarine canyon that lies below the surface of Monterey Bay. Monte...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In this episode Dave talks to Adam Frank. Adam is a regular contributor to NPR's All Things Considered where he weighs in on scientific issues with...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:04
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The catastrophic wildfire season in the west has been called "the new normal?" But is it? And what could normal even mean when confronted by such e...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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In this episode of Blue Dot we go hurricane hunting with Commander Justin Kibbe. A veteran combat pilot, Justin flies the intrument laden NOAA turb...

  • Added: Aug 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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In this episode we celebrate 15 years of the Spitzer Space Telescope. The infrared telescope, one of NASA's "Great Observatory" has helped revoluti...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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When the Cassini orbiter was sent plunging into Saturn on September 15, it was the end of a mission and the end of an era of solar system explorati...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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In this episode we look back at what was once known as, "The Great San Francisco Earthquake." But it isn't the famous disaster from 1906. On Octobe...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Lost in a lot of the noise about climate change and sea level rise is the role that warming ocean currents are playing in the melting of ice. And p...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Blue Dot teams with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to give you a taste of their new podcast series, On a Mission. Created by science journalist L...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by Blue Dot's expert on all things seismological, Ken Hudnut from the United States Geological Survey in Pasadena as they interview ...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by two rock stars on this very special episode of Blue Dot. Brian May is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist for Queen and alon...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In our third installment of Blue Dot's look back at Project Apollo for the 50th anniversaries of the missions, we examine perhaps the most overlook...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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We pay tribute to the Opportunity Rover mission, which was supposed to last for three months but wound up tooling around Meridiani Planum on Mars f...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Before and after image of sea stars in the Pacific Ocean decimated by wasting disease., Credit: DIEGO MONTECINO / UC DAVIS
We go under the sea, literally, to investigate the alarming decline of sea star populations of the Pacific Coast of North America from Mexico to Al...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by longtime friend of Blue Dot, TV meteorologist Rob Elvington as they talk to one of the world's leading climate scientists, Michae...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode, Dave visits with Terri Randall and Avner Tavori, the two filmmakers responsible for the new PBS/NOVA documentary, Saving The Dead ...

  • Added: Apr 20, 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: Apr 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Image from Picturing Apollo 11, Credit: JOHN BISNEY & JL PICKERING
Dave talks to John Bisney and JL Pickering as we ramp up our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing this summer. Bisney and Pickering...

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  • Added: May 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Kara Miller from Innovation Hub on WGBH, Credit: MEREDITH NIERMAN / WGBH NEWS
Dave talks to kindred spirits on this episode of the Dot. First up is fellow broad/podcaster Kara Miller. Her Boston based show Innovation Hub from...

  • Added: May 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Astronaut Tom Stafford touches Snoopy for good luck., Credit: NASA
In our ongoing series of looks back at Project Apollo 50 years later, we examine the Apollo 10 mission. Dave talks to two of his childhood heroes -...

  • Added: May 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:00