Time to Eat the Dogs

A Podcast About Science, History, and Exploration

Replay: The Identity of the Traveler


Joyce Ashuntantang with novelist Chinua Achebe

Joyce Ashuntantang talks about her experiences as a traveler and a poet, from her childhood Cameroon to her years studying in Great Britain and the United States. Ashuntantang is a professor of English at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. She is the author of many scholarly and creative texts, including Beautiful Fire, published this year with Spears Media Press.


Joyce Ashuntantang


Escape from Nazi-Occupied Europe, Part I


Refugees leaving Paris after the German invasion, June 1940 (credit: FPG/Hulton Archive via Getty Images).

Ruth Gruenthal talks about her life in Germany as the Nazi Party came to power in the 1930s. Gruenthal and her family – along with thousands of Jewish refugees — raced to escape France when the Germans invaded in the summer of 1940. Gruenthal is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City. She’s also the daughter of the publisher Kurt Enoch who co-founded the New American Library in the United States after World War II.


Ruth Gruenthal

Replay: The Archaeology of Exploration

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Walter Wellman’s airship hanger in Virgo Harbor, Svalbard (1909)

Anthropologist P. J. Capelotti discusses the role of exploration archaeology in understanding the Pacific voyage of Kon-Tiki, the Arctic airship expeditions of Walter Wellman, and the fate of Orca II, a fishing boat used in the film Jaws. Capelotti is a professor of anthropology at Penn State Abington. He is the author of Adventures in Archaeology: The Wreck of the Orca II and other Explorations published by the University Press of Florida.


P. J. Capelotti

Human Exploration of the Deep Sea


DSV Alvin

Bruce Strickrott talks about the value of human exploration of the deep sea. Strickrott is the Program Manager and Senior Pilot of the United States’ deepest diving science submersible, the DSV Alvin which is owned by the US Navy and operated out of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He has participated in over 60 science expeditions worldwide and piloted over 365 dives in Alvin, spending over 2000 hours underwater.


Bruce Strickrott

Replay: Women, Aviation, and Global Air Travel


Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The history of women in aviation is filled with colorful people like Anne Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. But there’s a bigger story here about women, planes, and commercial empires.

BOAC Stewardesses

Air Hostesses, 1960.

Emily Gibson talks about women, aviation, and global air travel. Gibson is an associate historian at the National Science Foundation. She is the author of the dissertation “Flying the Flag: Gender and the Projection of National Progress through Global Air Travel” which was funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. 


Emily Gibson


Replay: The New Map of Empire


Max Edelson talks about the British Board of Trade’s massively ambitious project to explore and survey British America from the St Lawrence River to the islands of the Caribbean. Edelson is a professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence.


Max Edelson

Replay: Making Planets into Places


Lisa Messeri talks about planetary scientists and the way they use data to bring faraway places to life. Messeri is a professor of anthropology at Yale University. She is the author of Placing Out Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds.


Lisa Messeri