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Blue Dot 142: The Aftermath Of An Epic Disaster

On this episode, Dave interviews Hayley Dieckmann, one of the team of veterinarians from the University of California at Davis Emergency Veterinary Response Team that helped treat animals rescued from the catastrophic Camp Fire that virtually destroyed the town of Paradise, California as well as surrounding communities that were severely impacted by the fire.

Dieckmann shares her experiences treating large animals like horses and explains how the UC Davis team responds to emergency situations like catastrophic wild fires. The third year veterinary student also gives some important insights into what it takes to take dreams of being a veterinarian into the realm of reality.

Later on in the show, Dave visits with Brian Solecki. A graduate of the CSU Chico department of Geosciences, Brian took his talents in an unexpected direction, becoming the campaign manager for Congressional Candidate Audrey Denney.

Just two days after  losing the election in November of 2018, the Camp Fire broke out and in its aftermath, Solecki and Denney teamed up to take a group of survivors of the worst fire in California history to visit the corridors of power in Washington DC where they met with Senator Bernie Sanders, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and climate activist Bill McKibben.


Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.