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Archive for Expeditions

Replay: Scurvy!


Nares Expedition (1875)

Ed Armston-Sheret talks about the mysterious disease of scurvy: how it affected expeditioners and why it was so difficult to understand. Armston-Sheret is a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University of London. He’s the author of “Tainted bodies : scurvy, bad food and the reputation of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–1904,” published in the Journal of Historical Geography.


Ed Armston-Sheret

How NASA Plans Big Missions


Glen Asner and Stephen Garber talk about NASA’s efforts to plan ambitious missions in the face of huge political and financial challenges. Asner is the Deputy Chief Historian for the Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Garber works in the NASA History Division at NASA Headquarters. They are the authors of Origins of 21st-Century Space Travel: A History of NASA’s Decadal Planning Team and the Vision for Space Exploration, 1999–2004


Glen Asner


Stephen Garber

Replay: The Human Exploration of Mars


Jake Robins and Michael Robinson talk about the quest to explore Mars: how it compares to earlier eras of exploration in the West and in the Arctic as well as its power to capture the imagination of thousands of people. Robins is the host of WeMartians, a podcast that considers the exploration of the Red Planet from a variety of angles, both technical and scientific.


Jake Robins

How George Putnam’s Arctic Expedition Got into Trouble


Tina Adcock talks about the controversy over George Putnam’s Baffin Land expedition and why it tells a bigger story about the changing culture of exploration in the 1920s. Adcock is an assistant professor of history at Simon Fraser University. She’s the author of the essay “Scientist Tourist Sportsman Spy: Boundary-Work and the Putnam Eastern Arctic Expeditions” which was published in the edited collection Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History, edited by Adcock and Edward Jones-Imhotep.

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Tina Adcock

Replay: Escape from Nazi-Occupied Europe, Part II


Deportation of Jews from the Gurs internment camp in southern France, 1942 (Mémorial National de Gurs).

Ruth Gruenthal continues her story of her family’s escape from France in 1940. She also discusses the challenges of living in the United States after the war.


Ruth Gruenthal

Replay: 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

Searching for Life Beyond Earth


Claire Isabel Webb talks about the search for extraterrestrial life and the different strategies used by astronomers and exobiologists to look for it. Webb is a PhD candidate at MIT’s History, Anthropology, Science, Technology, and Society Program. Her dissertation project, “Technologies of Perception: The Search for Life and Intelligence Beyond Earth” won this year’s HSS/NASA Fellowship in Aerospace History.

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Claire Isabel Webb