Eating Bugs, Wandering Arctic Fox, Underwater Hockey, Democracy and Slavery
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 215
- Jul 22, 2019 8:00 pm
- 1:41:11 mins
Eating Bugs Is Good for You and the Planet Guest: Daniella Martin, host of the insect cooking/travel show"Girl Meets Bug," blogger for "Huffington Post," an author, “Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet” We desperately need new and reliable food sources. We also need to start scaling back our carbon footprint and our effect on the environment. Daniella Martin offers entomophagy, the eating of insects, as the answer to both these apparently contradictory issues. What is more, she can also tell us how to cook and eat them. Producer Eric Schulze eats one on the air! Arctic Fox Runs from Norway to Canada in 76 Days Guest: Eva Fuglei, Research Biologist, Norwegian Polar Institute Norwegians have a reputation for being fearless explorers. Most people know by now that Columbus was not the first European to discover America. We are pretty sure from Norse sagas and from Norse archeological evidence on Newfoundland, out on the edge of Canada, that nearly 500 years before Columbus, Norwegian voyagers––including Eric the Red and his son, Leif Eriksen––most likely navigated from Scandinavia to Iceland to Greenland to a part of what is now Canada, which they called Vinland. It was an epic journey in long, open boats across often stormy seas. But at least the Vikings had boats. Last summer, another Norwegian completed that same journey, on foot. She left the coast of Norway without support or supplies, traveling 2,175 miles in 76 days from Norway, cutting across Greenland, and ending in Canada. She traveled across solid ice for much of the journey, averaging nearly 28 miles a day––a rate that blew the mind of researchers following her journey via a GPS device. OK, the Norwegian athlete here was Norwegian and female, but she wasn’t a homo sapien. She was an arctic fox. But the speed and distance of her jaunt nonetheless shocked experts. We talk to the researcher who put the radio collar on the little traveler. It’s like Hockey, But at the Bottom of a Pool Guest: Tyera Eulberg, Captain of the USA Women's Elite Underwater Hockey Team Ice hockey. Field hockey. Underwater hockey? This lesser-known sport has been around since the 1950s, and it is one of the most intense sports out there, since you have to do it holding your breath. Learn more about underwater hockey here. American Slavery and Democracy Grew Up Together Guest: James Horn, President and Chief Officer, Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, Preservation Virginia, and author, “1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy” When the English Puritan John Winthrop was about to set sail with his followers for Boston, Massachussettsin in 1630, he told them they would be watched. They would be “as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us," he said. The phrase was borrowed from the New Testament, where Jesus had urged his followers to let their light shine to be seen by all the world. And the phrase would stick––most famously echoed in modern times by Presidents like John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. America has always been a City on a Hill, with its unique combination of religious and democratic foundings––not to mention its vast expanse and material wealth––making it stand out on the world stage. But the problem with being a City on the Hill is––well, as Jesus himself put it––is that you cannot be hid. For better and for worse, you are there for all to see. And America has had its share of both better and worse. The paradox was woven in from the beginning. Eleven years before Winthrop sailed––and 600 miles south of Winthrop’s Boston, in Jamestown, Viriginia––another American colony go its start. There, within a few weeks of each other, two events occurred that would shape the course of American history. The first was the creation of the first representative governing body, and the second was the sale of the first African slaves in America. Democracy and oppression, equality and slavery, both began at the beginning, 400 years ago. And as Winthrop warned, the world was watching.