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.

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In astronomy, a conjunction is when two astral objects appear to us as being next to, or very close to one another. Coming in December is what’s being referred to as the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, and it will be their closest approach since 1632.

Mars may be the most studied, most discussed planet in our universe. What is this fascination?

On this edition, Dean and Anna welcome Dr. Tanya Harrison – geologist, planetary scientist, and purveyor of Professional Martian LLC. She’s a science communicator and educator known on social media as Tanya of Mars

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If you google our guest Dr. Ethan Seigel, you won’t see images of a white-coated scientist. He’s big, bald, bearded, and there’s even one where he’s wearing a tiara. But he’s a passionate science communicator for Forbes.com and theoretical astrophysicist and makes for a fascinating interview.

He Zooms in with Dean and Anna for a wide-ranging conversation about the Big Bang and dark matter.

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NASA undertakes so many studies and projects that often they call on “citizen scientists” to assist them.

Dr. Marc Kuchner, astrophysicist and NASA’s Chief Science Officer for Science Mission Directorate, oversees 25 citizen scientist programs and joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about a couple of them. 

For this episode, we start at the end…that is, the topic is the end of everything. Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome Katie Mack, a theoretical astrophysicist who believes there are several ways the universe will end, and even has a favorite!

Gary Jordan is a Public Affairs Officer at NASA and the creator and host of the podcast, Houston, We Have A Podcast.

He joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman via Zoom to talk about how the podcast began, some of the guests that have appeared, and one of Anna’s favorite topics, Astronaut Leland Melvin!

Cosmos is one of the most recognizable names in science TV and books. Just before the pandemic set-in, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman had the chance to talk with Ann Druyan, writer/editor/producer of the Cosmos series, author of a variety of books including this year’s Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and widow of the show’s host, astronomer Carl Sagan.

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After a pandemic hiatus, Looking Up is back with new episodes!

Dean Regas and Anna Hehman host remotely and spend this episode getting caught up on what’s being going on at the Cincinnati Observatory, online, and in space.

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, 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.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman share memories of some of their favorite science shows growing up before welcoming one of their favorites, very special guest Paul Zaloom who portrayed Beakman in the mid-90's show Beakman's World.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss space travel and Dean reveals his favorite astronaut. Then they are joined in studio by Captain Scott Kelly, veteran astronaut and the man who spent a full year living on the International Space Station. 

**AUDIO NOTE: We weren't in our home studio for this episode so we apologize for the audio issue during the first 90 seconds or so.**

Mike Massimino could be considered a Renaissance man or a pure over-achiever. He's a retired NASA astronaut who made four space walks during two shuttle missions to the Hubble Telescope. He's a New York Times bestselling author of Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. He's a professor at Columbia University. He hosts several science/space themed TV shows and documentaries. And he appeared as a version of himself in six episodes of the hit TV series The Big Bang Theory.

Dr. Janet Kavandi is a three-time shuttle astronaut, former Director of Flight Operations for NASA, and currently serves as director of NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. In addition, she was recently inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Dean Regas and Anna Hehman are proud to welcome Dr. Kavandi to this episode of Looking Up.

 

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Charles Bolden, Jr. is a retired Marine Major General and astronaut who most recently was the administrator of NASA.

He joins Dean Regas and guest host Lauren Worley (who worked for Major General Bolden at NASA) to discuss his career and the state of space exploration today.

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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.

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As we continue our celebration of Women's History Month, we welcome Valerie Ryder, a toxicology specialist at NASA's Johnson Space Center. She talks about the life of a toxicologist and the work she does to ensure air and water safety on the International Space Station.

Dean also answers a kid's question about how old we'd be on other planets.

To celebrate Women's History Month, Dean and Anna are joined by Amy Shira Teitel, author a fascinating new book, Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight.

It tells the unheralded story of two women, Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb, striving to be the first woman in space.

Dean also delves into the viral broom challenge. 

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As astronomers continue to discover new planets and exoplanets in our solar system, a new way of gathering information about them is being spearheaded by a professor from The Ohio State University.

Joining Dean and Anna after they talk a little Pi is Professor Scott Gaudi, project co-chair of the Habitable Exoplanet Observatory.

As Valentine's Day approaches, Dean and Anna talk about the romance of space, and some of the myths that exist, plus they look ahead to some of what 2020 has in store in the skies when they talk with Sky and Telescope's news editor, Monica Young.

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