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.


61 Pieces

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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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We revisit one of our favorite topics on this program over the years (back when this was a four minute show called The Blue Dot Report) The Kepler ...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Summer travel season means it is time to hit the road. This one is very long if not winding as we learn about what it would be like to travel to pl...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Our nation's fleet of weather satellites are one of our greatest orbital assets. They provide the data that is fed into sophisticated computer mode...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode, Dave talks to volcanologist Erik Klemmeti to get us all educated about volcanoes since two have been huge stories in the news. We ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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This is the second part of our tribute to Apollo astronaut Alan Bean. Alan was the fourth man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 12 mission in N...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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In this first installment of a two part look at the life and career of Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean we hear from two very special astronaut friend...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
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The Sacramento River flows from its headwaters above Shasta Dam to the Pacific Ocean through the Delta and out the Golden Gate. It is one of the mo...

  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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For the 100th episode of Blue Dot we go volcanic! Dave interviews Erik Klemetti, Professor of Geosciences at Denison University in Ohio. Klemetti i...

  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Dave talks to Alan Stern and David Grinspoon, coauthors of Chasing Pluto: Inside The Epic First Mission to Pluto. When Voyager 2 flew by Neptune in...

  • Added: May 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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In this episode Dave visits with Adam Weymouth, author of the new book Kings of The Yukon. In it, he describes taking an epic trip down the length ...

  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In this episode we talk defense. Planetary defense. From one of the worst of all possible natural diasters, an asteroid impact. Dave talks to Lindl...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
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In this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to Jennifer Strauss from the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab and Ken Hudnut from the United States Geological Su...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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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: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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On this episode Dave is joined by co-host Kate Fullam as they interview Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: How Nature makes us Happier, H...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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In this episode we revisit two authors we interviewed in 2017. Jeff Goodell is the author of The Water Will Come, a sobering look at what lies ahea...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Sea level rise and eclipse phenomena highlight this episode. First Dave talks to NASA Oceanographer Josh Willis about two new studies. The first re...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In this week's episode Dave is joined by Nolan Ford for an in-depth conversation with Jad Abumrad, host of WNYC's Radiolab, which is one of public ...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In this episode we bid a temporary aloha to our longtime friend and surfer buddy, William Patzert. Dave is joined by former producer (and the compo...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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On this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to fellow science communications host Ira Flatow who joined us from his home in Connecticut. The award winn...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00