Looking Up

For the first podcast created exclusively by Cincinnati Public Radio separate from its on-air programming, producers have reached for the stars and bring you Looking Up with the Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas and Anna Hehman. 

Looking Up brings you the latest astronomical discoveries,” according to Regas, “in a really fun, quick-paced conversation.  We’ll bring out-of-this-world topics about planets, stars, and the universe, science and technology, throw in a little pop-culture and bring it all down to Earth.”

During each episode, there will be conversations about current astronomical or science happenings, a special guest, then either a Kid Question or a letter from the Observatory's Crank File – a collection of wild, unusual, far-fetched and conspiratorial correspondences collected through the decades.

Dean Regas is the outreach astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory, co-host of the PBS series Star Gazers, and author of the books 100 Things to See in the Night Sky: From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing and Facts from Space. Anna Hehman is the Observatory's Director of Development with an innate curiosity about the cosmos.

“I'm excited to join Dean for Looking Up,” Hehman said. “We’ll talk about space, astronomy and cover all the questions a non-astronomer like me has for an astronomer like him.”

Looking Up is produced by Kevin Reynolds and engineered by Josh Elstro and Rick Andress, with technical assistance from Jim Nolan. 

Looking Up will release new episodes twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Subscribe on iTunesStitcher or Google Play.

What are the differences between astronomy and astrology, and what do practitioners of each think of the other?

John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States, was a proponent of science and astronomy and was at the dedication of the Cincinnati Observatory in 1843.

As the Observatory celebrates its 175th anniversary, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk with the former president (in the guise of reenactor Jim Cooke) about his presidency, his support of the creation of the Smithsonian, and hear part of his dedication speech.

Looking Up boldly goes where it's never gone before!

It's a very special episode with actor, author, and recording artist William Shatner which resulted in a meeting between host Dean Regas and the pop culture icon. Tune in as he recounts that momentous night to Anna Hehman.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome veteran NPR science correspondent Joe Palca to talk about his recent coverage of the Mars opposition, the Parker Solar Probe, and his series of reports called Joe's Big Idea.

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In this episode of Looking Up, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk with the very busy Paul Sutter: astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, chief scientist at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, science advisor for the new movie UFO, and guide for Astro Tours.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman learn about a program Dean's been a part of for many years, NASA's Solar System Ambassadors.

The program's coordinator, Kay Ferrari, talks about the importance of citizen outreach efforts to help educate the public about space.

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In this episode of Looking Up, it's time to catch up on our first year and get ready for some upcoming space and pop culture events.

Hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman from the Cincinnati Observatory talk about the upcoming Perseid Meteor Shower, the Look Up effort headed by Dr. Mae Jemison, and the trailer from the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man is now out!

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman from the Cincinnati Observatory get an insider's view of the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama – home to the famous Space Camps for kids – when they talk with Pat Ammons, the center's director of communications.

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In this episode of Looking Up, urban astronomer Nick Lloyd joins hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman in the studio to talk about his backyard observatory and how he's able to view galaxies with the use of EAA – Electronically Assisted Astronomy.

Here's a link to the forum Nick mentioned: Cloudy Nights EAA Observation and Equipment

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In this 1 year anniversary episode of Looking Up, Shankar Vedantam, NPR science correspondent and host of the podcast and weekly show Hidden Brain, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about the genesis of Hidden Brain, where the stories come from, and a bit on the mindset of astronauts.

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In this episode of Looking Up, reminiscences of visits to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome the museum's new director, and former chief scientist at NASA, Ellen Stofan.

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Ohioan John Glenn, the first man to orbit the earth, will be honored with the opening of the John Glenn Astronomy Park inside the Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio.

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It might not be the first kind of pollution you think of when you hear the word, but there are serious environmental hazards associated with light pollution.

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In this episode of Looking Up, it's been the subject of books, movies, TV shows, and a myriad of urban legends and country myths. Is there life beyond the planet Earth?

Our hosts, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman from the Cincinnati Observatory, delve in to the facts, science, and pop culture of alien life.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about Neil Armstrong - the Ohio native, NASA astronaut, first man on the moon, UC professor – who will soon be the subject of a major Hollywood biopic starring Ryan Gosling.

The movie is based on the biography First Man written by this episode's guest, James R. Hansen.

In this episode of Looking Up, there are a myriad of ways to try and explain scientific concepts and answer questions about science. Adam Cole, a reporter for the NPR Science Desk and host/animator of their video series Skunk Bear, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to explain exactly what Skunk Bear is and the unique ways it tries to convey science to its viewers.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about the growing number of exoplanets being discovered, thanks to advance telescopes like the Keppler and Hubble. The TRAPPIST-1 system is the closest to our solar system and Sean Carey, the manager of the Spitzer Science Center which has the Spitzer Telescope in space, is the special guest.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman are talking space exploration and the Mars Rover with Emily Lakdawalla, senior editor and blogger for The Planetary Society and planetary.org, and author of the soon-to-be-released book The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job.

In this episode of Looking Up, the man who makes science sexy every Friday afternoon. Ira Flatow, the host of public radio's "Science Friday," joins hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about his long-running show, some of his favorite topics, and most importantly, his favorite constellation.

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In this episode of Looking Up, the important contributions of women in science have long been understood within the scientific community, but the public's awareness was raised by the best selling book and movie "Hidden Figures."

Now, another group of women scientists are being spotlighted in the book "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars" and the author, Dava Sobel, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman.

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