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: Gerry Griffin with his photograph of Earthrise signed by Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders.
Blue Dot pays tribute to one of the most iconic photographs ever taken, Earthrise, taken by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders on Christmas Eve, 196...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Scientist Edward C. Stone., Credit: NSAS / JPL
Blue Dot revisits an episode where we profiled the amazing career of one of America's greatest space scientists, Ed Stone. Stone passed away at the...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: San Francisco in ruins, 1906, Credit: Balloon Photography by George R. Lawrence
Blue Dot concludes its look back and forward at the earthquake that shook Northern California on April 18, 1906. Dave visits once again with Susan...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1906 Damage to a home in San Francisco, Credit: Grove Karl Gilbert USGS
Dave teams up with scientists from the United States Geological Survey for part one of a two part in depth look at the massive earthquake that stru...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Angelo Coast Range Reserve , Credit: Ian Shive
Located between Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway in Mendocino County is one of the most pristine pieces of northern coastal range ecosyste...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with NYU Environmental Studies Professor Michael Mehta Webster to discuss his book, The Rescue Effect: The Key to Saving Life on Earth....

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  • Added: May 30, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences geophysics professor Magali Billen to talk about one of Earth's most dynamic a...

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  • Added: May 23, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Liberty on the Redding, CA nest with Sol and Luna, Credit: Terri Lhuillier
Bald and golden eagles are some of the most magnificent birds in North America. Dave is joined by Michelle Hawkins, Director of The California Rapt...

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  • Added: May 09, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave finds a kindred spirit with Christopher Cokinos, author of the new book, Still as Bright: An Illuminating History of the Moon from Antiquity t...

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  • Added: May 02, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with one of the world's foremost experts on sharks, Dr. David Ebert. Dave is the Director of the Pacific Shark Research Center at San J...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave investigates the world of vultures and condors with the Director of the UC Davis California Raptor Center, Michelle Hawkins. One of the most u...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In the conclusion of Blue Dot's two part look at the state of the Drake Equation in 2024, Dave is once again joined by special co host Bill Diamond...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The late Frank Drake and his famous equation, Credit: SETI Institute
Dave is joined by special co host Bill Diamond, President and CEO of the SETI Institute, for an in depth look at the state of the famous Drake Equa...

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Dos Rios Ranch Preserve , Credit: River Partners
Dave visits with guests from River Partners, a conservation organization born of a vision of farmers with conservation interests who sought more of...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with French archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Ludovic Slimak about his multi decadal research into Neanderthals. Author of the new ...

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  • Added: Feb 29, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave looks at some interesting ways the University of California's Natural Reserves System are used for both education and scientific research. Som...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In this very special episode Dave visits with three researchers who were part of an incredible series of experimental communications with a humpbac...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by two scientists to discuss the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission which launched in December of 2022. NASA Jet Prop...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by SETI Institute meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens to take a deep dive into the science of meteors and meteor showers. Dr. Jennisk...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Backpacker in the Trinity Alps, Credit: Michael Kauffmann
Dave is once again joined by special co-host Michael Kauffmann, co-editor and publisher of The Klamath Mountains: A Natural History, as we conclude...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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