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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Dave takes us on an aural field trip to one of his favorite places, Mono Lake in Eastern California near Yosemite National Park. Dave talks to two ...

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  • Added: May 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with Lee Vining High School junior Ellery McQuilkin about a very real science project that has earned her spots in the California State...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to two scientists from the United States Golf Association about their efforts to make golf courses more environmentally friendly in a wo...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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​Dave visits with birder and wildlife photographer Dudley Edmondson, author of Black and Brown Faces in America's Wild Faces and outdoor educator/a...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: the water cycle
If there is one most contentious issue in the history of California, it is probably water. From the Owens Valley water wars from the early 20th cen...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to NASA's Jason Derleth, the executive in charge of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program about some future proposals that are b...

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to polar climate expert Jennifer Francis about the hows and whys of the north polar region's dramatic warming is affecting weather here ...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave investigates two very different but interrelated topics: the deep freeze that sent the power grid in Texas into near collapse and how our citi...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Life long amateur astronomer Dave Schlom is joined by professional astronomer Emily Levesque to talk about her recently published book: The Last St...

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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We continue our Apollo@50 special with part two of our look back at Apollo 14. In this episode we focus on the Commander and America's first astron...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In the latest of Blue Dot's Apollo@50 series we look back at the third successful lunar landing mission, Apollo 14, which took place during early F...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave talks to wildlife veterinarian Joe Gaydos from the Sea Doc Society (a research center on Orcas Island in the Salish Sea off the Washington Coa...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with one of the world's leading climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann. The professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State's just publis...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with two dear friends, both Poets Laureate of Texas: karla k. morton and Alan Birkelbach. When we last visited with the pair of traveli...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Blue Dot celebrates Christmas with a repeat of the the look at the very first mission to the Moon -- Apollo 8 - which overlapped Christmas Day. Con...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Blue Oyster Cult guitarist, vocalist and co-producer Richie Castellano makes his second appearance on our show to talk about rock guitar effects an...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave once again delves into the Apollo Program 50 years ago with this in depth look at the iconic space suits that Neil Armstrong and his 11 fellow...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by planetary geologist Clive Neal from the University of Notre Dame for a spirited conversation on the past, present and future expl...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave visits with fellow science communicator Amy Quinton. Amy and co-host Kat Kerlin are the creators of Unfold a science podcast featuring researc...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave is joined by climate and weather expert Daniel Swain from UCLA's School of the Environment and Sustainability. His weather blog, Weather West ...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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