Time to Eat the Dogs

A Podcast About Science, History, and Exploration

Episode 55: Women, Aviation, and Global Air Travel


Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The history of women in aviation is filled with colorful people like Anne Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. But there’s a bigger story here about women, planes, and commercial empires.

BOAC Stewardesses

Air Hostesses, 1960.

Emily Gibson talks about women, aviation, and global air travel. Gibson is an associate historian at the National Science Foundation. She is the author of the dissertation “Flying the Flag: Gender and the Projection of National Progress through Global Air Travel” which was funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. 


Emily Gibson



Episode 54: The New Map of Empire


Max Edelson talks about the British Board of Trade’s massively ambitious project to explore and survey British America from the St Lawrence River to the islands of the Caribbean. Edelson is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence.


Max Edelson

Episode 53: Making Planets into Places


Lisa Messeri talks about planetary scientists and the way they use data to bring faraway places to life. Messeri is a professor of anthropology at Yale University. She is the author of Placing Out Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds.


Lisa Messeri

Episode 52: The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey


Michael Benson talks about the making of 2001, a movie inspired by the collaboration of American director Stanley Kubrick and British futurist Arthur C Clark. Benson is a writer, artist, and film maker. He is the author of Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C Clark and The Making of a Masterpiece.


Michael Benson

Episode 51: Science and Exploration in the U.S. Navy


USS Vincennes in Disappointment Bay, Antarctica

Jason Smith discusses the US Navy’s role in exploring and charting the ocean world. Smith is an assistant professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University. He’s the author of To Master the Boundless Sea: The US Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire.

Smith pic

Jason Smith

Episode 50: After the Map


Bill Rankin talks about the changes brought about by GPS and other mapping technologies in the twentieth century. Rankin an associate professor of the history of science at Yale University. He is the author of After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century. He also creates thematic maps at the website Radical Cartography.


Bill Rankin

Episode 49: Living on the International Space Station


International Space Station

Astronaut Garrett Reisman talks about life aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Reisman flew on two shuttle missions to ISS where he conducted three 7-hour spacewalks. In 2011, he joined SpaceX as Director of Space Operations. This year he joined the engineering faculty of University of Southern California where he teaches courses on human spaceflight.


Garrett Reisman