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Podcast Profile: Blue Dot

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20 episodes
2024
Median: 51 minutes
Collection: Science


Description (podcaster-provided):

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.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Scientific interviews • Climate change • Space exploration • Astronomy • Technology • Environmental science • Historical events • Conservation • Ecology • Geophysics • Archaeology • Extraterrestrial intelligence • Wildlife

"Blue Dot," hosted by Dave Schlom, is a science-themed podcast inspired by Carl Sagan's profound contemplation of Earth's place in the universe. The show features an eclectic mix of episodes that delve into various realms of scientific inquiry, often through engaging interviews with experts from the regional, national, and global scientific communities. This podcast aims to explore and shed light on critical scientific issues and phenomena, ranging from space exploration and climate change to novel technology and environmental conservation.

The episodes cover a wide breadth of topics grounded in both contemporary and historical scientific contexts. Themes such as space exploration are prominently featured, with discussions on iconic events like the Apollo missions and analyses of the state of the Drake Equation, which theorizes the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Earth science is another major focus, with episodes examining natural phenomena including earthquakes, subduction processes, and riparian restoration. There is also a strong emphasis on environmental science and conservation, as the podcast dives into the intricacies of ecosystems, species preservation, and unique geological locations like the Angelo Coast Range Reserve and Lake Tahoe.

Listeners can also expect episodes that document significant scientific figures and their contributions, such as tributes to renowned scientists like Ed Stone and exploratory works involving authors who uncover historical milestones in mapping and marine communication. The podcast touches upon biological studies too, highlighting the behaviors and conservation of various species, including eagles, vultures, sharks, and even humpback whales.

Overall, "Blue Dot" strives to connect its audience with the wonders of the natural and scientific world, while emphasizing our collective responsibility to understand and preserve the pale blue dot we all call home.


Episodes:
Blue Dot: The greatest photograph of all: Earthrise and the man who took it, William Anders
2024-Jul-12
51 minutes
Blue Dot: State of the lake: a conversation with UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center scientists
2024-Jul-05
51 minutes
Blue Dot: In memoriam: Blue Dot's 2022 tribute to Ed Stone
2024-Jun-28
51 minutes
Blue Dot: 1906: The Great Northern California Earthquake Pt. 2
2024-Jun-21
51 minutes
Blue Dot: 1906: The Great Northern California Earthquake Pt. 1
2024-Jun-14
51 minutes
Blue Dot: One of California's truly special places: Angelo Coast Range Reserve
2024-Jun-07
51 minutes
Blue Dot: The Rescue Effect: a conversation with author and environmental scientist Michael Mehta Webster
2024-May-31
51 minutes
Blue Dot: The process of subduction with geophysicist Magali Billen, UC Davis
2024-May-24
51 minutes
Best of Blue Dot: Whale-SETI: a communications interaction with Twain the Humpback Whale
2024-May-17
51 minutes
Blue Dot: Eagles 101: the lives of eagles and the eagle cam phenomenon!
2024-May-10
51 minutes
Blue Dot: Musings on the Moon with author Christopher Cokinos
2024-May-03
51 minutes
Episode Image Best of Blue Dot: Here Begins The Dark Sea: a conversation with author Meredith F. Small on the Fra Mauro map
2024-Apr-26
51 minutes
Episode Image Blue Dot: The amazing undersea world of sharks with Dave Ebert, aka "The Lost Shark Guy"
2024-Apr-19
51 minutes
Blue Dot: Nature's soaring scavengers: the Vulture Family
2024-Apr-12
51 minutes
Best of Blue Dot: The story of America's first women astronauts with Loren Grush
2024-Apr-05
51 minutes
Blue Dot: State of the Drake Equation in 2024: The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (Part Two)
2024-Mar-29
51 minutes
Blue Dot: State of the Drake Equation in 2024: The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (Part One)
2024-Mar-22
51 minutes
Best of Blue Dot: Preparing for the next Great American Eclipse: a visit with Rick Fienberg
2024-Mar-15
51 minutes
Blue Dot: Riparian restoration with River Partners
2024-Mar-08
51 minutes
Blue Dot: Exploring the ancient world of the Neanderthals with Ludovic Slimak
2024-Mar-01
51 minutes