Looking Up

Looking Up is Cincinnati Public Radio's first original content podcast, talking all things space with the Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas and Anna Hehman. 

Some of the guests who have joined Dean and Anna so far include Ann Druyan (writer/producer of "Cosmos"), William Shatner, former NASA administrator Charles Bolden, astronaut Scott Kelly, and Cincinnatian  and former NASA press secretary Lauren Worley.

Dean Regas is the outreach astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory and author of the books 100 Things to See in the Night Sky and Facts from Space. Anna Hehman is the Observatory's Director of Operations with an innate curiosity about the cosmos.

Looking Up is produced and engineered by Josh Elstro and with technical assistance from Jim Nolan. 

Looking Up will release new episodes twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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Dean and Anna are joined by Sampling Science Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (and Cincinnati raised!), Robert Moeller. He shares some of his journey from his younger days in Cincinnati suburb, Reading, Ohio to working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an engineer for the Mars Perseverance Rover mission. Together they celebrate the succesful landing of Perseverance in late February, while taking a look forward to what's next for the misison.

Dean and Anna are joined by CEO of COSI and host of the new show from WOSU public media QED with Dr. B, Dr. Frederic Bertley. He shares how COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus has continued to inspire young minds throughout this past year of pandemic and how wanting more time on his electronic Colece Football handheld game as a child started his own journey into the world of science education.

With Daylight Saving Time coming up this weekend, Dean and Anna explore a bit of its history and the unending question: do we even need it anymore? What is time anyway? And why does it matter to an astronomer?

They are also joined by PhD Student in Astrophysics at the University of California - Berkley, Sarafina Nance to discuss how close we can get to predicting the end of Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in our sky. Sarafina also shares some of her thoughts on science and astronomy advocacy and her current quest to make it into space!

He’s a veteran TV meteorologist in the New York City area and an astronomer who writes for outlets like Space.com. Joe Rao recently listed his Top 10 astronomical events to watch in 2021 so Dean and Anna wanted to get these on their calendar.

As the pandemic wears on towards a full year, we got to wondering how our friend and Twitter legend, Phil Plait, is doing. He’s known as the @BadAstronomer. Phil shares his thoughts on being in the writers room for hit Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World and what its like covering astronomy for his 619,000 followers Twitter followers during these past months of isolation.

One of the most impacted aspects of life in this pandemic is education, whether by classroom teachers or outreach efforts like those at the Cincinnati Observatory.

Looking Up: What's 'Up' in 2021?

Jan 13, 2021

Dean and Anna return for our first episode of the new year. Take a look back and forward as they review some of the top astronimical events of 2020 and preview what to look for in the skies throughout 2021.

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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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.

Previously released on October 10, 2018

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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On Dean's wish list of guests for the podcast is someone from one of his favorite bands, a somewhat obscure group from the late 90s, early 00s who dressed in space suits and stayed, until the internet, anonymous.

So on this episode, joining Dean and Anna Hehman, is Birdstuff (aka Brain Teasley) from the band Man or Astro-Man? and we think you'll enjoy this offbeat, but obviously joyous to Dean, interview. 

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Night Sky Odyssey is an augmented reality adventure that lets viewers, using a special headset, look into a dark sky, no matter what light pollution they may be in, and see the stars, constellations, and more.

Dean Regas and Anna Hehman find out more from the program's operations and development director, Jon Marcotte, and science communicator Andres Fazekas.

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