Episode 87: Scientific Journeys

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James Cook, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Scientific discoveries can be dramatic tales of unexpected adventure. They can also be personal explorations of intuition and faith. Today we look at three men’s distinct scientific journeys, starting with Wolf Vladimir Vishniac’s quest to find alien life. Next, Distillations’ associate producer Victoria Indivero speaks with historian Bill Brock about 19th-century scientist William Crookes’s investigations into spiritualism. Finally, we learn about James Cook’s 18th-century search for a mysterious continent. Chemical Agent: The Wolf Trap.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
01:02 Chemical Agent: The Wolf Trap
03:22 A Conversation with Bill Brock
08:46 Mystery Solved! The Unknown Continent
11:48 Closing Credits


This show was written and researched by Michal Meyer.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music includes “Talk Like A Pirate Day,” by Tom Swift, and “Freddy Hop,” by Alimagne.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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