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In Search of Brightest AfricaMichaelInSearchofBrightest_Cjones

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:08:47 +0000

When President Trump talked of Africa as a continent of “shithole countries” where people lived in huts, he was drawing on a set of ideas made popular in the 19th century. “Darkest Africa” became a favorite trope of explorers like Henry Morton Stanley who promoted his books and lectures by pushing the idea of Africa […]

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Chasing ExoplanetsMichael151204125506-exoplanets-7-cluster-planets-super-169Wakeford, Hannah 693

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 03:29:26 +0000

One of the things you hear about space exploration is that if humans aren’t involved — that is, being hurled into orbit– no one’s going to pay much attention. Robots are one thing, astronauts are another. There may be some truth to this. But I think exoplanets — planets that orbit stars outside our own […]

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Monsters on the MapMichaelphotodownload (1)

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 04:33:37 +0000

Cannibals, headless men, and giants were common figures on Medieval and Renaissance maps. Historian Surekha Davies tells us why we need to take these figures seriously. Davies is the author of Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016) winner of the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize (Journal […]

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The Amazing PhytotronMichaelthe-climatron-the-firstimage

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 20:05:49 +0000

“Phytotron” is such a great name for something that is, when you look at it, a high-tech greenhouse. But don’t sell it short! The phytotron was not only at the center of post-war plant science, but also connected to the Cold War, commercial agriculture, and long-duration space flight.  Today I speak with David Munns, professor of […]

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Podcast: The History of UFOsMichaelgiphy (3)151

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:23:32 +0000

Who knew that Harry Reid was so concerned about UFOs? As reported in Politico this week, he secured twenty million dollars in appropriations for the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) in 2009. The program conducted pilot interviews and gathered flight recordings until 2011. So here’s the question: why was the AATIP kept secret? National […]

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Podcast: Can You See the Ice?Michaelchi-routledge-fig02002Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 4.49.45 PM

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:24:41 +0000

In the 1800s, explorers and whalers returned home from the Arctic described a cold, desolate world, one that could swallow up expeditions without leaving a trace. But this did not describe the Arctic of the Inuit, who called this world their home. Today Karen Routledge tells the story of Baffin Island’s Inuit community as they […]

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Emergency Podcast: California is BurningMichael636480303756541214-DQQkqrQUEAErBO2

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:20:56 +0000

California is in the middle of its worst fire season ever. 1.2 million acres have burned so far with no end in sight. Now, with flames threatening Los Angeles, 200,000 people have been told to evacuate. Michael Kodas returns to Time to Eat the Dogs to give an update on the fires raging across Southern […]

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Podcast #6: NASA in the Age of TrumpMichaelbridenstine-e1437341784329vergano1

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:57:44 +0000

In September President Trump nominated Jim Bridenstine – a three term Congressman from Oklahoma– to lead NASA. Bridenstine’s been a champion of space exploration in Congress. But his nomination has run into some trouble. Bridenstine is a big supporter of human space exploration. Its not clear, though, how much he supports NASA’s scientific missions, especially […]

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Coming Tuesday: NASA in the Age of TrumpMichaellead_960

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 13:14:51 +0000

President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine to be the new NASA Administrator has been controversial. How would Bridenstine, a climate change skeptic, prioritize earth science research at NASA? BuzzFeed science reporter Dan Vergano breaks it down along with other NASA-related issues in the Time to Eat the Dogs podcast, out on Tuesday. Subscribe on […]

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Podcast #5: The Mystery of the Franklin ExpeditionMichaelfranklin-expedition01[1]AR-161209914

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:04:05 +0000

In 1845, two British naval ships left England with 129 men in search of the Northwest Passage. They were never heard from again. The disappearance of the Franklin Expedition shocked the world. Dozens of expeditions set sail into the Arctic looking for the missing explorers. Russell Potter talks about the Expedition and the reasons why […]

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