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Archive for Expeditions

Replay: Anticipating the Astronaut

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Donald Farrell in a space cabin simulator (1958). Credit: Texas State Historical Association

Jordan Bimm talks about early experiments in space medicine involving subjects who did not resemble the white male test pilots who would become America’s first astronauts. Bimm is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University. He’s the author of Anticipating the Astronaut which is under contract to MIT Press, expected in Spring 2021.

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Jordan Bimm

Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica

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Rebecca Priestley talks about her journeys to Antarctica and the process of bringing them to life in her writing. Priestley is an associate professor at the Centre for Science in Society at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica which was recently longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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Rebecca Priestley     (photo: Victoria Birkinshaw)

Replay: Why are Women Beating Men in Ultra-Endurance Events?

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Jasmin Paris on the Montane Spine Race where she set a course record of 83 hours 12 minutes

Dr. Beth Taylor talks about the physiological differences between men and women athletes and why ultra-endurance events seem to offer certain performance advantages to women. Taylor is an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut and the Director of Exercise Physiology Research in Cardiology at Hartford Hospital.

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Dr. Beth Taylor

An Update from the Hobbit Cave

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Paige Madison talks about recent discoveries at the Liang Bua cave where researchers are trying to understand the complicated story of the hominin Homo Florensiensis. Madison is a PhD candidate in the history of science at Arizona State University where she also works with The Center for Biology and Society and the Institute of Human Origins. She writes about paleoanthropology at the blog Fossil History. She recently wrote about her trip for National Geographic and Scientific American.

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Paige Madison

Replay: The Expedition that Tested Einstein’s Theory

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Daniel Kennefick talks about resistance to relativity theory in the early twentieth century and the huge challenges that faced British astronomers who wanted to test the theory during the solar eclipse of 1919. Kennefick is an associate professor of physics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He’s the author of No Shadow of Doubt: the 1919 Eclipse that Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

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Daniel Kennefick

China is Going to the Moon

Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, waves during a departure ceremony at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province

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Dr. Namrata Goswami talks about the Chinese space program and its ambitious plans for lunar exploration. Goswami is a strategic analyst on space and great power politics. She’s the author of many books and articles including Great Powers and Resource Nationalism in Space soon to be published Lexington Press.

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Dr. Namrata Goswami

Replay: Chasing the Moon

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Director Robert Stone talks about his film Chasing the Moon, a three part documentary which aired on PBS’s American Experience for the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Stone talked to me in front of live audience at Bard College after he showed some clips from the film. Thanks to Paul LaBarbera and Cariahbel Azemar of Bard AV Services who recorded the audio for this episode. And thanks too to Paul Cadden-Zimansky, director of the Physics Program, who organized the event and introduced both of us to the audience.

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Robert Stone