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 Nolan Ford.

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.


34 Pieces

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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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
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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 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
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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