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.

54 Pieces

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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: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: John and Molly Chester's Farm
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...

  • Added: May 30, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Movie Poster for The Final Mission - Preserving NASA's Apollo Sites
Dave meets with a kindred soul as Archaeologist and California State University Chico Anthropology Department Professor Lisa Westwood joins him in ...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Dave and his son Taylor at Pebble Beach
It's our Father's Day episode! Interviews with scientists and their Dads as Dave talks to planetary scientist David Grinspoon and his father Lester...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Marcia Bjornerud
Dave visits with Lawrence University Geology Professor Marcia Bjornerud, author of the new book: Timefulness: How Thinking Like A Geologist Can Hel...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Don Hankins explores landscapes and the communities that inhabit them., Credit: Don Hankins
Dave learns about fighting fire with fire in this episode as he talks to CSU Chico Professor of Geography Don Hankins. Dr. Hankins teaches a course...

Bought by KWMR

  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Chasing The Moon
Robert Stone's three part documetary, Chasing The Moon, airs July 8-10 on the PBS history series The American Experience. After previewing the epic...

Bought by WLPR, KWMR, and Boise State Public Radio

  • Added: Jul 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Theatrical Poster for The Dish
The Summer of Apollo 11 continues! Find out what Dave's first and second favorite movies of all time are, spoiler alert, one of them is the topic o...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Apollo 11 back up crew members Fred Haise (left) and Jim Lovell prepare for an altitude test in the lunar module preparing for Apollo 11.
Fred Haise was made famous by the movie Apollo 13, in which he was portrayed by Bill Paxton in the story of the most famous Apollo mission other th...

Bought by Boise State Public Radio and KSPB

  • Added: Jul 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Dave talks to Gideon Bradshaw and Andrew Cohen, the BBC filmmakers behind the new NOVA series The Planets on PBS. Part of the "Summer of Space" on ...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: The newly restored Mission Operations Control Room 2 and the view from where Dr. Kraft would sit.
In this very special episode, we pay tribute to two legends: Dr. Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. and NASA's historic Mission Operations Control Room...

  • Added: Jul 31, 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
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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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We examine the complex series of fault ruptures and earthquakes that struck near Ridgecrest in Southern California over the July 4 weekend of 2019....

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 59:00