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 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 book 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 iTunes or Stitcher.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about living on Mars and the possibility of some life forms living under the surface.

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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. 

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss pop culture and space, from the first science fiction book written in 2 A.D. to movies that get it right, or close to right, like The Martian, to others who seemed content to ignore all scientific logic, like Armageddon.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman dip their toe into doomsday prophecies and space hoaxes with guest Phil Plait, better known as The Bad Astronomer

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman revisit August's total solar eclipse, including finding out where Dean wound up viewing it and the crowd that descended on Anna at the Cincinnati Observatory.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman say good-bye to the successful Cassini spacecraft as it prepares to crash into the surface of Saturn. The mission's Deputy Project Scientist Scott Edgington explains why Cassini is ending this way and some of what has been learned since taking off in 1997. They also answer another Kid Question.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss Pluto with Alice Bowman, the Mission Operations Manager for the New Horizons mission from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, then Anna has a question for Dean from the Cincinnati Observatory's Crank File.

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In this episode of Looking Up, final preparations for the upcoming total solar eclipse are discussed when hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome James Albury, the director of Santa Fe College's Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and Dean's co-host on the PBS series Star Gazers. Plus they'll answer another kid question.

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The upcoming total solar eclipse has astronomers and non-astronomers alike excited as the path of totality will bisect the US from Oregon to South Carolina. 

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In this first episode of Looking Up: hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome listeners to the podcast, discuss exoplanets, have a conversation with astronomer Kevin Wagner who recently discovered an exoplanet, and answer a kid question.

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Jul 5, 2017

Looking Up, the first original podcast from Cincinnati Public Radio, debuts July 12 on iTunes and wvxu.org.