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Blue Dot: Musings on the Moon with author Christopher Cokinos

Host Dave Schlom finds a kindred spirit with Christopher Cokinos, author of the new book, Still as Bright: An Illuminating History of the Moon from Antiquity to Tomorrow. Both host and guest were deeply influenced by the race to the Moon in the 1960s and have lifelong passions for all things pertaining to our natural satellite.

Part personal memoir and mostly a tour de force of humanity's musings on the Moon from ancient times to the current state of lunar science and NASA's plans to return to the Moon with the Artemis Program, Still as Bright is a treasure trove of fascinating lunar tales from Galileo to Neil Armstrong. Cokinos is also a dedicated telescopic lunar observer who has a passion for learning the very real and rugged landscapes of the Moon. It's a fascinating and fun conversation for anyone who has ever wondered about our nearest neighbor in space.

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.