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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.

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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.

    Blue Dot #242: Exploring the Universe with The James Webb Space Telescope

    Blue Dot #242: Exploring the Universe with The James Webb Space Telescope

    Host Dave is joined by special guest co-host Dr. Kendall Hall (Professor of Physics CSU Chico) to visit with James Webb Space Telescope science team member Dr. Charles Beichman, the Executive Director of NASA's Exoplanet Science Institute at CalTech in Pasadena.

    • 51 min
    Blue Dot 241: The Problem With Climate Change Education in the U.S. -- A Conversation with Katie Worth

    Blue Dot 241: The Problem With Climate Change Education in the U.S. -- A Conversation with Katie Worth

    Host Dave Schlom is joined by award-winning investigative journalist Katie Worth (PBS Frontline) to talk about her in-depth look at this issue in her new book Miseducation: How Climate Change is Taught in America.

    • 51 min
    Best Of Blue Dot: How The Mountains Formed: A Conversation With John Dvorak

    Best Of Blue Dot: How The Mountains Formed: A Conversation With John Dvorak

    Host Dave Schlom talks to geologist and author John Dvorak about his book: How The Mountains Formed: A New Geological History of North America.

    • 53 min
    Best Of Blue Dot: Apollo 8

    Best Of Blue Dot: Apollo 8

    This holiday, Blue Dot takes a look back at the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program with a look at the very first mission to the Moon -- Apollo 8.

    • 53 min
    Blue Dot #240: Pale Ale for a Blue Dot: A visit with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

    Blue Dot #240: Pale Ale for a Blue Dot: A visit with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

    Host Dave Schlom gets to visit with three people from one of his favorite businesses on the planet: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

    • 51 min
    Blue Dot #239: New Science Building Promotes a Paradigm Shift in Science Education at CSU Chico

    Blue Dot #239: New Science Building Promotes a Paradigm Shift in Science Education at CSU Chico

    Host Dave Schlom takes a trip down memory lane and visits his alma mater, CSU Chico, to check out the new science building.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Jet Screamer0769 ,

Blue Dot 225: Apollo 15

This episode on Apollo 15 is a real treasure. Family perspectives offered by Tracy Scott and Jill Irwin Christiansen, Geologic insights from legends like Farouk El Baz and Jim Head, and mission perspectives from Flight Director Gerry Griffin make this one of the most thoughtful 60 minutes you’ll find in one place.

Terrific job by David Schlom and the team at Blue Dot, and a big THANK YOU to all the participants…it was wonderful to hear from all of you and to know you’re all well. Having met Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Gerry Griffin on a couple of very fortunate occasions, this one was kind of personal for me and I loved every second of it.

Jennifer Jewell ,

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.

amblyrhyncus ,

Love the podcast, hate the music

The only reason I gave a middling review is for the music. Very jarring, repetitive and goes on…and on…
Otherwise GREAT information!! Unfortunately for that reason alone it’s not my first pick when I want to listen to a podcast.

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