Time to Eat the Dogs

A Podcast About Science, History, and Exploration

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

Replay: Sea Wife


Author Amity Gaige talks about her book Sea Wife. Gaige is a Fulbright and Guggenheim fellow. Her novel Schroder was one of the New York Times Best Books for 2013. A review and excerpt of Sea Wife can be read in the New York Times Book Review.

Amity Gaige