By Dave Schlom
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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.
||CleanBlue Dot 133: The Big One||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 the host and creator of The Big One podcast from KPCC (also in Pasadena!).||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 132: Fish & Chips And Sherlock Holmes||In the first half of this episode, Dave talks to Ryan Bigelow, Senior Program Manager for the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch. Their guides have been handed out at the aquarium for decades and give seafood consumers reliable, scientifically sound||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 131: Science & A Government Shutdown||In the wake of the recent 35 day partial government shutdown, the longest in US history, Blue Dot takes a look back at three interviews with federal scientists, people whose lives and work have been directly affected. Science took a huge hit during the||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 130: Dr. Joseph Pechkis||On the next Blue Dot, Dave Schlom examines university research examining the strange world of Quantum Physics using cutting edge cold atom experiments. Stanford? MIT? No, it is happening in an undergraduate program at California State University Chico,||1/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 129: Marcia Bjornerud||Dave visits with Lawrence University Geology Professor Marcia Bjornerud, author of the new book: Timefulness: How Thinking Like A Geologist Can Help Save The World. Dave and Marcia embark on an epic journey into the depths of geologic time together,||1/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 128: John Morales & Rob Elvington||Two of our favorite experts on weather and climate return for this special discussion moderated by Dave. Both of them were on the frontlines of the worst extreme weather disasters of 2018.||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 127: Apollo 8||Blue Dot continues its look back at the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo program with a look at the very first mission to the Moon -- Apollo 8. Considered by most space historians as the most dramatic and bold mission of the entire lunar program,||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 126: Dr. 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 called "Pyrogeography" examining the role of fire on both landscapes and the communities that inhabit the||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 125: Menno Schilthuizen||Evolution by natural selection is taking place everywhere on Earth. Or is it? As in "natural." In this episode Dave talks to Menno Schilthuizen, an evolutionary biologist from the Netherlands. His new book Darwin Comes To Town: How The Urban Jungle Driv||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 124: NASA's Jet Propulsion||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 Leslie Mullen, the podcast chronicles the InSight lander mission to Mars, which lifted off from Vandenburg||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 123: Chris Hadfield||Not many modern astronauts become household names. Chris Hadfield's moustached countenance has become an iconic exception since his final spaceflight as Commander of the International Space Station in 2013. His autobiographical lessons on life, An||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 122: NASA's Josh Willis||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 perhaps nowhere on Earth is that role more dramatically playing out than on the giant glacial clad island o||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of Blue Dot 85: Josh Willis & John Morales||In n the wake of Hurricane Michael, we thought it appropriate to revisit our show on climate and severe weather. Climate Change. It generates controversy as well as extreme weather. In this episode we talk to Josh Willis and John Morales, two atmospheri||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 121: Apollo 7||This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first test flight of the Apollo spacecraft in October of 1968 -- Apollo 7 -- with the last surviving crew member, Walt Cunningham. After the tragic fire that took the lives of Apollo 1 astronauts Gus||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 120: The Great San Francisco Earthquake||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 October 21 an estimated magnitude 6.8 temblor rocked the Bay Area when the Hayward Fault ruptured. Dubbed "the||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of Blue Dot 105: Weather From Space!||This week's Blue Dot is a classic episode. Our nation's fleet of weather satellites are one of our greatest orbital assets. They provide the data that is fed into sophisticated computer models which are then used by forecasters to give us accurate 5 to||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 119: First Man||In this episode, Dave interviews James R. Hansen, author of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong -- the first and only authorized biography of Neil A. Armstrong, the commander of Apollo 11 and the first human being to set foot on another world. Hans||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 118: Spitzer||In this episode we celebrate 15 years of the Spitzer Space Telescope. The infrared telescope, one of NASA's "Great Observatory" has helped revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. Dave is joined by three top scientists from the Spitzer mission. Li||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 112: Hunting For Hurricanes||In this episode of Blue Dot we go hurricane hunting with Commander Justin Kibbe. A veteran combat pilot, Justin flies the intrument laden NOAA turbo prop airplanes that fly into the maw of the world's most powerful storms. Hear what it is like to fly||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 111: Wildfires||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 extreme events. We asked three experts to weigh in on the science of wildfire. Natasha Stavros is a forest||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Science & Curiosity: from space to pop music
Blue Dot is not just about Earth's place in space. It is about human curiosity and the drive to create. Host and creator Dave Schlom believes in the “hell yes, that’s cool” student still alive in all of us. Driven by his own diverse interests and life long love of learning new things, Dave and co-host Nolan Ford have interviewed the leading scientists at NASA and JPL, as well as the hottest content providers on YouTube, musicians that push technology to the limits, authors and experts on everything from Sherlock Holmes to living on the International Space Station. Dave is a polymath. And as an educator, he would be thrilled if he found out you have to look that term up. A quarter of a century in the classroom teaching science coupled with his journalism background makes him the perfect host for an eclectic NPR take on the intersections of science and pop culture. He has a deep knowledge of so many fields of natural science as well as the humanities and the curiosity to always want to know more. But it is that distinctive voice that sets him apart as a radio personality. It is the voice of a story teller by the campfire explaining how the stars came to be and why you should care.
Smart, witty, and fun!
This has been the highlight of many weeks for me. The Blue Dot report is possibly my favorite show on the local NPR station(big ups NSPR!!), and always full of news about space and science in all forms. Dave and his crew somehow always find a way to make you interested and focused on the topic at hand. Hope this has many more years to come. When I hear a commercial with the theme-song in it, I even get excited. This show makes me feel smarter,know a little more current science, and even local science/space happenings. If you like learning, new things, or even just hearing really smart people try to explain things in layman terms, this is for you. Ten out of five stars!!!