Blue Dot 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. Airs Fridays at 10 a.m.
Blue Dot

Blue Dot

From North State Public Radio

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. Airs Fridays at 10 a.m.

Most Recent Episodes

Blue Dot 196: Wildlife Veterinary Heroes: Drs. Jamie Peyton And Marcela Uhart

Dave talks to two heroic veterinarians associated with UC Davis. First, Dr. Jamie Peyton shares her pioneering work on treating wildlife suffering from burns and other injuries associated with catastrophic wildfires. Peyton uses amazing techniques involving the use of fish skins to act as bandages for severely burned animals like bears and mountain lions. There is also a way that you can support the efforts of the Wildlife Disaster Network that Peyton and her colleagues are affiliated with and

Blue Dot 196: Wildlife Veterinary Heroes: Drs. Jamie Peyton And Marcela Uhart

Best Of Blue Dot: Possible Worlds — An Interview With Ann Druyan

Dave talks to one of his favorite people on the planet, Ann Druyan. As the wife of the late Carl Sagan, Ann has worked tirelessly since his passing in 1996 to foster and carry on his legacy. In 2014, Druyan teamed with Seth McFarlane to produce the sequel to Sagan's classic Cosmos: a Personal Voyage. Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey, received critical acclaim and 4 emmys and spurred the production for a second series Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which airs on FOX TV beginning September 22.

Blue Dot 195: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE MOON: Planetary Geologist Clive Neal

Dave is joined by planetary geologist Clive Neal from the University of Notre Dame for a spirited conversation on the past, present and future exploration of The Moon. Clive is an expert on the geologic explorations of the Apollo program and a leading proponent for using the moon as an enabling resource for the long term exploration of the solar system. Clive also weighs in on the recent discovery of abundant water in the lunar crater Clavius.

Blue Dot 195: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE MOON: Planetary Geologist Clive Neal

Blue Dot 193: WEATHER IN THE WEST: Climate Scientist Daniel Swain

Dave is joined by climate and weather expert Daniel Swain from UCLA's School of the Environment and Sustainability. His weather blog, Weather West has been keeping west coast weather watchers and professional meteorologists engaged for nearly two decades. Daniel tells us all about this summer's nearly non stop fire weather and the climate conditions that led to a hellish summer for the entire western US. He also explains how computer models in North America and Europe are used to converge on

Blue Dot 192: Mr. Wizard for Generation Z: A Conversation With Jeff Vinokur

Dave talks to the founder and CEO of Generation Genius, Jeff Vinokur. "Dr. Jeff" aka "The Dancing Scientist" has been wowing audiences for the past decade with his signature dance moves coupled with dramatic scientific demonstrations. Vinokur's start up, Generation Genius, produces educational video modules along with support materials for K-8 classrooms and distance learners. His standards based lessons bring to life complex ideas from all branches of science and makes them accessible to a

Blue Dot 192: Mr. Wizard for Generation Z: A Conversation With Jeff Vinokur

Blue Dot 191: THE WILDFIRE PARADIGM: Interviews With UC Davis Experts

The west's epic wildfire season shows no signs of letting up as one Red Flag Warning follows another and millions of acres burn. Dave talks to three experts from the University of California at Davis. Forest ecology experts Malcolm North and Andrew Latimer weigh in on the state of wildland ecosystems past, present and future as they respond to long-term mismanagement, drought, and a rapidly changing climate.

Blue Dot 190: Where The Stars Are The Stars: Griffith Observatory With Director Ed Krupp

Dave takes a virtual field trip to one of his childhood haunts — the Griffith Observatory perched above the Los Angeles Basin in Griffith Park. Our tour guide is the longtime Director, Dr. Edwin C. Krupp. Ed's passion for astronomy education and the venerable observatory, built in 1935 and extensively renovated in the early 2000s, comes through as he takes Dave on a trip through time and space at one of California's most iconic venues.

Blue Dot 190: Where The Stars Are The Stars: Griffith Observatory With Director Ed Krupp

Best Of Blue Dot: The REAL "Dr. Jones": Seismologist Lucy Jones On Getting Through Disasters

Unlike the fictional Indiana, there is a real-life Dr. Jones and her name is Lucy. Dave talks to seismologist and disaster preparedness expert Lucy Jones. For decades, Jones has been a major TV outlet fixture whenever a major earthquake strikes in the west, particularly Southern California. Jones was one of the drivers behind the Great California ShakeOut simulation which began in 2008. Designed to prepare the LA area for the inevitable Big One on the San Andreas Fault, the program has been seen

Best Of Blue Dot: The REAL "Dr. Jones": Seismologist Lucy Jones On Getting Through Disasters

Best Of Blue Dot: 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 them. Hankins is a firm believer in the importance of using prescribed burning techniques to control fuel loads and enhance the native ecology of areas throughout California that evolved with fire as a natural element of their ecosystems.

Blue Dot 189: Possible Worlds — An Interview With Ann Druyan

Dave talks to one of his favorite people on the planet, Ann Druyan. As the wife of the late Carl Sagan, Ann has worked tirelessly since his passing in 1996 to foster and carry on his legacy. In 2014, Druyan teamed with Seth McFarlane to produce the sequel to Sagan's classic Cosmos: a Personal Voyage. Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey, received critical acclaim and 4 emmys and spurred the production for a second series Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which airs on FOX TV beginning September 22.

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