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Blue Dot 224: DEEP BLUE EXPLORER: A Conversation With Robert Ballard

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Dave talks to legendary deep ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard about his new book, Into The Deep: a Memoir by The Man Who Found Titanic. Since the late 1960s, Ballard has been exploring the ocean's depths using a variety of submersible crafts, making fascinating discoveries from the detection of the strange chemosynthetic ecosystems at the Mid Ocean Ridges to iconic shipwrecks like Titanic, Bismarck, and President John F. Kennedy's World War II vessel PT 109.

Ocean science has always been an important topic on Blue Dot and on this episode, Dave shares his love of the sea with one of his greatest exploration heroes as well as a playful love of vintage films that makes this interview a bit different from the hundreds that Ballard has done over the years. Ballard also discusses his dyslexia, revealing that while at times it can be a problem when dealing with large amounts of text, it can also be dealt with in positive ways to become an asset.

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.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.