Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Blue Dot: The SETI Insitute's quest to find life beyond Earth

The SETI Insitute

Dave visits with three members of the SETI Insitute based in Mountain View, California. Since its inception in the early 80s, the institute has sought an answer to a fundamental question: are we alone in the Universe?

Dave visits with the President and CEO, Bill Diamond, who gives an overview of the SETI Institute's mission. Then, planetary scientist/astrobiologist Nathalie Cabrol, director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research gives her perspectives on the state of the multidisciplinary science being done by her and her colleagues.

Finally, Dave checks in on the Allen Telescope Array at Hat Creek Radio Observatory with Operations Manager Alex Pollak. The 42 dishes, located amongst lava rock just north of Lassen Volcanic National Park are one of the world's premiere tools in the search for extra terrestrial signals while also doing fundamental astrophysics observations.

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.