Time to Eat the Dogs

A Podcast About Science, History, and Exploration

Episode 5: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition


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 it continues to fascinate people around the world. Potter is professor of English and Media studies at Rhode Island College. His book, Finding Franklin: the Untold Story of a 165-year Search, came out in 2016 with McGill-Queens University Press.

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Potter’s website with Franklin links

1 Comment»

  Dave Woodman wrote @

Wonderful and wide-ranging interview about Franklin, bringing the story up to date. Very well done.

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