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Replay: Running and the Science of the Extreme

regulyarnyj-beg_000_2The sport of running has exploded in the last three decades with some runners pushing the envelope of the extreme. But what do we really know about running and its effects?

  • Is there a running type?  
  • Does running affect men and women differently?
  • What do we know about extreme runners – people running races of 50 miles or more?

I talk with Dr. Beth Taylor about the science and psychology of running.  Taylor is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. She also serves as the Director of Exercise Physiology Research at Hartford Hospital. 


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For more on Taylor’s work on running, see her website:


And some of her recent publications:

Physical activity intensity and subjective well-being in healthy adults. Panza GA, Taylor BA, Thompson PD, White CM, Pescatello LS. J Health Psychol. 2017 Feb 1:1359105317691589. doi: 10.1177/1359105317691589. [Epub ahead of print]

An update on the Boston Marathon as a research laboratory. Panza GA, Taylor BA, Zaleski AL, Thompson PD. Phys Sportsmed. 2015 Jul;43(3):312-6. doi: 10.1080/00913847.2015.1039923. Epub 2015 Apr 27. 

Influence of chronic exercise on carotid atherosclerosis in marathon runners. Taylor BA, Zaleski AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Troyanos C, Baggish AL, D’Hemecourt PA, Dada MR, Thompson PD

Effect of marathon run and air travel on pre- and post-run soluble d-dimer, microparticle procoagulant activity, and p-selectin levels. Parker BA, Augeri AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Kupchak BR, Volek JS, Troyanos C, Kriz P, D’Hemecourt P, Thompson PD.Am J Cardiol. 2012 May 15;109(10):1521-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2012.01.369. Epub 2012 Feb 18.

Effect of air travel on exercise-induced coagulatory and fibrinolytic activation in marathon runners. Parker B, Augeri A, Capizzi J, Troyanos C, Kriz P, D’Hemecourt P, Thompson P.Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Mar;21(2):126-30. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31820edfa6.

The Alchemy of Conquest


Ralph Bauer talks about early modern exploration in the Americas and its connection to ideas about discovery, science, and religion in Europe. Bauer is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland. He’s the author of The Alchemy of Conquest: Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World.


Replay: Why Did Scientists Collect the Blood of Indigenous Peoples?


Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia (Nature)

Emma Kowal talks about the history of biospecimen collection among the aboriginal peoples of Australia. Kowal is a cultural and medical anthropologist at Deakin University. She’s the co-author, along with Joanna Radin, of “Indigenous Biospecimen Collections and the Cryopolitics of Frozen Life,” published in the Journal of Sociology.


Emma Kowal


In the late 1500s, Dutch navigator William Barrents sailed north in search of a Northeast Passage to Asia. This expedition and a second one both suffered hardships, but they were mild in comparison with the horrors of the third expedition. Andrea Pitzer talks about the Arctic voyages of William Barents and their impact on Europe for centuries to come. Pitzer is a journalist and author of Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World.

Replay: A History of Modern Tourism


Eric Zuelow talks about the origins of tourism from the era of the European Grand Tour through the twenty-first century where is has become – until the current pandemic at least – the largest service sector industry in the world.  Zuelow is a professor of European History at the University of New England. He’s the author of A History of Modern Tourism.


Eric Zuelow