Blue Dot 90: Jad Abumrad & Christopher Potter

Feb 23, 2018

In this week's episode Dave is joined by Nolan Ford for an in depth conversation with Jad Abumrad, host of WNYC's Radiolab which is one of public radio's most popular and innovative programs. Jad was fascinated with recording sounds from an early age and after pursuing a college education that concentrated both on writing and musical composition, he kind of stumbled into a career in radio reporting which led, eventually, to the fascinating storytelling soundscapes that make up Radiolab with his longtime cohost Robert Krulwich. Jad will be visiting Chico for a stage presentation on Innovation at Laxson Auditorium on March 3. Also in this episode, Dave talks to Christopher Potter about his new book The Earth Gazers. The book is an extensive history of the space program from its earliest beginnings in Russia with Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and America with Robert Goddard. Along the way he weaves Charles Lindbergh's little known influences on the nascent rocketry program in the U.S. and the complex story of German rocket scientist Werner von Braun who designed the giant rockets that hurtled American astronauts to the Moon during the Apollo Program. But a funny thing happened while trying to leave our planet, we discovered what it looked like to actually see our world from beyond. Dave and Christopher discuss how that has changed our world view, literally and figuratively!

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