Sunday, February 20, 2011

Prof. George Bass profiled on "This American Life"
The episode of the radio program "This American Life" that aired on Jan. 22, 2011, features a story about Prof. George Bass, the father of the field of underwater archaeology, and his collaborator Fred van Doorninck, who worked for decades to reconstruct a Byzantine ship. You can download this episode for 99 cents, or you can just listen to it on the website above; the story should start about 23 minutes into the episode. It is a very cool profile of people who pulled off a true scholarly revolution. (And while you're at it, listen to the next story, about a man who forgot his own identity! Scary!) And yes, I admit to being a pretty serious fan of This American Life; without podcasts of it, I wouldn't get through much exercise.

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