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 82: Jeff Goodell||Inexorable. The unrelenting power of the expanding, rising oceans is something that humans WILL be dealing with for decades, if not centuries to come. In this episode we talk to Rolling Stone Magazine contributing editor Jeff Goodell. Jeff is the author||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 81: Science Communicators Part 2||It's Part 2 of our series on The Science Communicators. For some science majors, their love of nature knows few bounds and the thought of research in just one field of study wasn't appealing. What was is sharing their natural curiosity through the mediu||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 80: Science Communicators Part 1||In this episode Dave talks to three science communicators with YouTube Channels. Jacklyn Duff's videos focus on science and technology on her SciJoy channel . Jade Tan-Holmes is an Australian whose Up and Atom videos focus on physics, math and computer||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 79: Sara MacSorley & Kate Fullam||This week, Dave is joined by special cohost Kate Fullam from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Kate and Dave interview Sara MacSorley. Her new coloring book Super Cool Scientists, profiles a diverse array of women scientists. The coloring||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 78: Dr. Jess McIver||Dave talks to Jess McIver. Dr. McIver is an astrophysicist with the LIGO gravitational wave detection observatory. She's been deeply involved in the first detections of gravitational waves from a black hole (which won a Nobel Prize for Physics earlier||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 77: Kathryn Miles||Dave talks to Kathryn Miles, author of Quakeland . In her new book, the journalist explores the less obvious threats due to seismicity than the usual "California and the west are earthquake country," point of view. In fact, most of the U.S. is shockingl||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 76: The Archipelago Of Hope||On this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to Gleb Raygorodetsky about his new book " The Archipelago of Hope ." In it, the National Geographic correspondent and scientist tells the stories of six indigenous peoples from around the world. For the past two||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 75: Cassini's Final Mission||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 exploration. In this episode, Dave talks to two Cassini team members — one who has been with the mission since th||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 74: The Great Quake||On March 27, 1964, Alaska was rocked by the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America. It caused widespread damage, landslides and destructive tsunamis. It also helped to cement our current understanding of the most important idea in the Earth||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 73: Emer Reynolds||Dave talks to Emer Reynolds, the director of the new documentary The Farthest , which aired on PBS Nova this summer. It tells the epic story of the twin Voyager spacecraft. Launched in 1977, the Voyagers were the designed to tour the outer solar system||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 72: Rob Wesson||Dave interviews Rob Wesson, author of Darwin's First Theory. In it, the USGS Scientist Emeritus follows in Darwin's footsteps from England and Scotland to the Voyage of the Beagle around the world. Darwin is of course famous for his theory of evolution||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 71: The Alan Alda Center For Communicating Science||We welcome Kate Fullam from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She talks to Steven Jaret about his experience learning the fine art of communicating science at the Alda Center and then Dave has a conversation with Steven about his life as a||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 70: Jill Tarter||On this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to Sarah Scoles, author of Making Contact: Jill Tarter and The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence . Jill is a pivotal and inspirational leader for women in scientific careers as well as being a pioneering||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 69: David Goodrich||On this week's Blue Dot, Dave talks to retired NOAA climate scientist David Goodrich about his new book, " A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States ." Goodrich had a rich and distinguished career working for the||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 68: Tyler Nordgren||Dave has a last preview of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 as he talks with his eclipse buddy, Tyler Nordgren. Dave and Tyler will be near John Day Fossil Beds National Monument for the big event. Nordgren is an astronomy professor at Redlands||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 67: Kevin Sweeney||Dave talks to Ranger Kevin Sweeney from Lassen Volcanic National Park. After the 9/11 attacks, he found himself in need of natural solace and went to Joshua Tree National park in Southern California. A business major at the time, Kevin decided to change||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 66: Matt Golombeck||In this installment of Blue Dot, Dave talks to Matt Golombek from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Matt has been involved in the site selection for every American rover on Mars. On July 4, 1997, the Mars Pathfinder mission landed on the Red||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 65: Mark Bender — Eclipse Across America||In this episode, Dave talks to filmmaker Mark Bender. His documentary, Eclipse Across America , was produced for and is airing on CuriosityStream. Mark is a veteran eclipse chaser and documentary filmmaker. The film, in four parts, traces the path of th||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 64: Shelley Hall & Dave Thompson||As we count down to the big event, the Eclipse Across America on August 21, Dave talks to two people preparing for a logistical challenge to say the least. One million visitors are expected to come to Oregon to be in the 65 mile wide path of the eclipse||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlue Dot 63: Josh Willis||Josh Willis has business cards that his wife made for him. His job title? "Idiot Leftist Scientist." Dave finds out why in this fun and fascinating interview with Willis, who was honored by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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!!!
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.