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Blue Dot: First images and science from the James Webb Space Telescope

Dave is joined once again by special co-host Kendall Hall, astronomer and physics professor at California State University Chico as we dive into the first images and science coming out of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Guests include infrared astronomer and spokesperson Michelle Thaller and Ritva Keski-Kuha, the Deputy Manager for the Optical Telescope Element from NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, and Mike Ressler, the Project Scientist for the JWST's Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI) from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. It's about more than just pretty pictures but gosh, these pictures are pretty!

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.