Episode 180: Best of Distillations #12

The Mary Rose

Illustration of the Mary Rose, which sank off the coast of England in 1545. It has been remarkably preserved thanks in part to resting in an anaerobic environment. Original illustration by Anthony Anthony. Reproduction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.   

It’s that time of year again where we dive into our archives and bring back some of our favorite segments from the past year. First, meet Ian MacLeod from our show Shipwrecks, a man who spends much of his time with sunken ships and who knows about the chemistry that eats at them. Next, a 19th-century Philadelphia church designed by Frank Furness is crumbling. Can it be saved? Find out in this feature from our show Neighborhood Preservation.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:01 Shipwrecks: Wrecked!
09:33 Neighborhood Preservation: The 19th Street Baptist Church
17:51 Closing Credits


Our feature producer is Diane Hope.

Western Australia’s Maritime Museum in Fremantle

Pearl Harbor National Park Service

Our theme music is composed and performed by Andrew Chalfen. Additional music includes “Ray – A Life Underwater,” by junior85; “Ghost Science,” by Teeth Mountain; “The Mollusk,” by Ween.

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