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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