Episode 70 – Deep Sea Explorers – Jacques Cousteau & Dr. Sylvia Earle

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We’re diving in deep!

In this episode Elise traces the unconventional path taken by Jacques Cousteau to become the beloved adventurer, inventor, and prolific documentarian we all know.

Then Olivia shares the story of the trailblazing oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, who has navigated the deep sea and male-dominated spaces with vigor and curiosity for decades.

Other topics include hope spots, exploitation of the ocean, and a musical about corn.

Story #1: Jacques Cousteau (Elise)

Jacques Cousteau in his classic red diver’s hat. (via The Cousteau Society)

Becoming Cousteau, 2021
Jacques Cousteau’s promise to our planet can’t go unfulfilled any longer, The Hill, 2021
5 ways Jacques Cousteau pushed to protect the planet, National Geographic, 2021
Jacques-Yves Cousteau: Hall of Fame Tribute, Emmys
Jacques Yves Cousteau: A Sailor Remembered, US Naval Institute, 1997
Wes Anderson on The Life Aquatic and Jacques Zissou
Why Divers Wear Red Caps, Historical Diving Society
Cousteau Divers Facebook Post (with a grain of salt), 2016

Steve Zissou from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic.
The Cousteau Family disclaimer in the credits of The Life Aquatic (via BAMF Style)

Story #2: Dr. Sylvia Earle (Olivia)

Sylvia Earle (via Kip Evans / Mission Blue)

My Wish: Protect Our Oceans, Sylvia Earle, TED Talk, February 2009
Mission Blue, Netflix documentary, 2014
Meet Sylvia Earle, the Jane Goodall of the Sea, Instyle, June 8, 2019
Gulf of Mexico Oil Rigs animation, 1942-2005, Youtube
Oil Platforms In The Gulf Of Mexico, Maritime Page
East Antarctic Hope Spot Highlights Ecological Importance and Need For Comprehensive Protection of Marine Life, Mission Blue, February 16, 2023
Unforgettable Cabo Pulmo, Mission Blue
Her Deepness, The New Yorker, June 1989
Human rights-based approaches to conserving biodiversity: equitable, effective and imperative, United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures

Additional reading!
Local communities saved Cabo Pulmo with a national park. Then came the tourists., Mongobay
Sylvia Earle Talks Gulf Oil Spill Effects, Huffington Post, 2011
Without Sylvia Earle, We’d Be Living on Google Dirt, The New Yorker, June 2022

The Dump

There’s still time (until May 28) to check out Zoe Scruggs’ exhibit Double Sky at the Delaware Contemporary!!

“The title of the exhibition, Double Sky, describes a motif that recurs in Scruggs’ most recent work wherein the backgrounds of her paintings and works on paper split into otherworldly color combinations and stormy imagery… These aesthetic choices animate Scruggs’ fascination with creating alternative space – outer space, inner space, open space – for Black world making, free from constraint and toxicity.” (source)

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