Lady Pirates and Oceans of PlasticPrint
One very daring journey and the pirate who puts Blackbeard to shame
By Stephanie Bastek
August 11, 2017
We hit the seven seas and the five gyres in our wettest podcast episode yet: Laura Sook Duncombe talks about the female swashbucklers forgotten by history—including a pirate who gave birth in the middle of a sea battle—and Marcus Eriksen talks about sailing the ocean blue in a raft made of plastic bottles.
Go beyond the episode:
- Laura Sook Duncombe’s Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas
- Read more about Cheng I Sao, the world’s most successful pirate, or catch Anne Bonny and Mary Read on the television show Black Sails
- Listen to our podcast segment on the history of eclipse in preparation for the upcoming total solar eclipse—including why the ancient Babylonians always marked the occasion with a king-swapping ritual and human sacrifice
- Learn more about Marcus Eriksen’s journey on the Junk Raft
- Read more about how much plastic we produce and where it goes, how 100 companies are responsible for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions
- And dry off with our list of the most arid reads around: 10 Books to Read—And Not a Drop to Drink
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Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.