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Archive for Expeditions

Podcast #6: NASA in the Age of Trump


Rep. Jim Bridenstine

In September President Trump nominated Jim Bridenstine – a three term Congressman from Oklahoma– to lead NASA. Bridenstine’s been a champion of space exploration in Congress. But his nomination has run into some trouble. Bridenstine is a big supporter of human space exploration. Its not clear, though, how much he supports NASA’s scientific missions, especially those focused on climate change.


Dan Vergano

Discussing Bridenstine’s nomination and other issues confronting NASA is Dan Vergano, science reporter for BuzzFeed. Vergano has reported on science for National Geographic and USA Today. In 2008 he was named a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.

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Coming Tuesday: NASA in the Age of Trump


photo credit: The Atlantic

President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine to be the new NASA Administrator has been controversial. How would Bridenstine, a climate change skeptic, prioritize earth science research at NASA? BuzzFeed science reporter Dan Vergano breaks it down along with other NASA-related issues in the Time to Eat the Dogs podcast, out on Tuesday.

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For more on Bridenstine’s positions, read Will Thomas’s analysis at the American Institute of Physics. 

Podcast #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

Podcast #4: The Ascent of Women Climbers


Ashley Cracroft, climbing a new route in Southern Utah. Photo credit: Irene Yee. Courtesy of Climbing Magazine, 2017.

For decades, the sport of climbing seemed to be “a guy thing” until a group of elite women climbers in the 1990s changed the landscape of the sport forever.

Free-lance journalist and climber Noël Phillips discusses the growing popularity of climbing for women at all levels. Her article, “No Man’s Land: The Rise of Women in Climbing” was recently published in Climbing Magazine.


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Podcast #3: The First Americans on Everest


Ten years after the first summit of Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, a team of 19 Americans and hundreds of Sherpas, attempted to do it again. The American expedition would be different from Norgay and Hillary’s. It combined high altitude climbing with scientific research. The climbing party included a glaciologist, sociologist, biophysicist, and psychologist.

I talk with Phil Clements, historian at California State University Chico about this strange expedition. It is the subject of his new book Science in an Extreme Environment: the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition.


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Press website for Science in an Extreme Environment

Podcast # 2: Rise of the Megafire


In the 1980s, fires burned an average of two million acres per year. Today the average is eight million acres and growing. Scientists believe that we could see years with twenty million acres burned, an area larger than country of Ireland. Today Michael Kodas talks about the phenomenon of megafires, forest fires that burn over 100,000 acres, and why the number of these fires is increasing every year.

Kodas is the deputy director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is also an award winning photojournalist and reporter. We spoke about his new book Megafire the week after the outbreak of massive fires in Northern California. Those fires killed 42 people, consumed 8400 homes and led to one billion dollars in damages.


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Podcast #1: The Science of Running

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.