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 #238: ROVING MARS: Perseverance, Curiosity and the Evolution of Rovers

Host Dave Schlom checks in on the Mars rovers, first with Perseverance systems engineer and planetary scientist Vivian Sun as they discuss the rover's operations in Jezero Crater searching for signs of ancient life.

Blue Dot #238: ROVING MARS: Perseverance, Curiosity and the Evolution of Rovers

Best Of Blue Dot: Bearable Only Through Love: A conversation with Sasha Sagan

In this very special episode, Dave talks to the daughter of the man he likes to call "the patron saint of Blue Dot," Carl Sagan.

Best Of Blue Dot: Bearable Only Through Love: A conversation with Sasha Sagan

Blue Dot #237: Sounds From Mars and Exploring the Heliosphere

Host Dave Schlom talks to two scientists studying the solar system but in very different ways.

Blue Dot #236: The World's First International Scientific Expedition: A Conversation with ...

Host Dave Schlom visits with author Nicholas Crane from his home in rural England to talk about the adventures and at times misadventures of a group of 12 academicians and military advisors trying to measure one degree of latitude at the equator. It's a rollicking story filled with colorful characters set amidst the 18th century Andes region of modern-day Ecuador.

Blue Dot #236: The World's First International Scientific Expedition: A Conversation with ...

Blue Dot 235: ASTRONOMICAL: A visit with author Tim James

Host Dave Schlom chats with Tim James about his new book, Astronomical: From Quasars to Quarks the Science of Space at its Strangest.

Blue Dot 234: SPACE 2021— A look at the highlights

Host Dave Schlom visits with Brendan Byrne, space reporter for NPR affiliate WMFE in Orlando, Florida about a very busy 2021 in the space business with commercial flights by Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX.

Blue Dot 233: The Sonic Mind: A Conversation with Neuroscientist Nina Kraus

Host Dave Schlom visits Northwestern University neuroscientist Nina Kraus to chat about her work on the science of sound and its importance to our brains.

Blue Dot 233: The Sonic Mind: A Conversation with Neuroscientist Nina Kraus

Blue Dot 232: NATURE'S RESILIENCE ON DISPLAY — A post-Dixie Fire trip through Lassen Volc...

Host Dave Schlom and producer Matt Fidler were the first two journalists allowed into Lassen Volcanic National Park after the Dixie Fire, the largest single fire in California history, burned through a large swath of the park in August 2021.

Blue Dot 232: NATURE'S RESILIENCE ON DISPLAY — A post-Dixie Fire trip through Lassen Volc...

Best Of Blue Dot: ALL ABOUT TROUT: Cold water species are a "Canary In The Coal Mine"

Host Dave Schlom talks to Curis Knight from CalTrout about that organization's 50 years of work restoring trout habitat and using science-based policy to ensure that our fisheries remain viable.

Best Of Blue Dot: ALL ABOUT TROUT: Cold water species are a "Canary In The Coal Mine"

Blue Dot 231: Sustainability at Monterey Bay Aquarium: A Conversation with Claudia Pineda Tibbs

Host Dave Schlom visits with the Sustainability Director at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Claudia Pineda Tibbs as they discuss the many ways that the iconic oceanic environmental education facility fosters responsible ways to conduct its outreach and operations.

Blue Dot 231: Sustainability at Monterey Bay Aquarium: A Conversation with Claudia Pineda Tibbs