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News, of sorts. This episode will be most interesting if you are listening to it around the time it’s published. The show has been on an unplanned production break because Abby has had her hands full with a bunch of […]

10 MIN2019 JAN 20
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The Horse at War

“A horse, a horse! My Kingdom for a horse!” Having lost his mount, standing amid the chaos of war that August day in a Leicestershire field, Richard Plantagenet, third of that name to sit on the throne of England, knew the value of a horse in battle. A solider on a horse is more than a human sitting on an animal. Mounting the steed blends and multiplies both of their capabilities, combining the horse’s size, power, range, and mobility with man’s cunning, adaptability, and sadly rich capacity for making war. The result is a war-machine with a man’s brain and a horse’s power. In this episode, Abby takes us through the centuries as the human-horse relationship evolved from use as a food source to unified action in battle. Of course, it’s the human’s battle, not the horse’s.Mounted war has been part of human history since the early days of the Roman Empire. Stirrupless cavalry, lightly armed and poorly armored, was used rarely in the major Roman battles. It did have great mobil...

23 MIN2018 MAR 12
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The Horse at War

Vagabond

Across cultures and throughout time, tales and legends from around the world show us a clear set of universal character types, or archetypes. These characters are so universal that the psychologist Carl Jung developed his theory of personality around them. Among Jung’s archetypes you will find such regulars as The Innocent, The Warrior, The Lover, and The Outlaw. For Jung, these characters represent the basic themes of human experience, and so, they connect directly to our own emotions. Of these archetypes, there is none that inspires our curiosity and amusement more than The Trickster. Many old and established native cultures have legendary characters whose role in story is to always know the secret that the rest of us don't. Trickster is the joker, the raven, the confidence man. Creative, clever, quick to think and act, and never living in fear of the consequences. The Trickster makes us laugh when he fools others. His promiscuous behavior embarrasses us, and we are fascinated wi...

66 MIN2017 DEC 7
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Vagabond

Lightning in a Bottle

We know that genetics is the science of heredity. It’s likely common knowledge that in the last half-century, human understanding of that science has exploded. Each year, the pool of knowledge grows, so that now, humans, working in a laboratory, can manipulate the genetic material stored in organisms already living or yet to be born. As long as humans have been producing plants and animals for their own needs, we have known that the young would resemble their parents in a variety of ways. Since the middle of the 1800s, we have been moving toward a better understanding of exactly how this occurs. We know more and more about the molecular nature of inheritance, and research is bringing us closer to connecting genes with genetic traits. Less than half a century ago, the study of genetics seemed simply to be a matter of figuring out which traits were recessive and which were dominant, and how many genes produced any given trait. You know—the brown eyes / blue eyes idea. It was very st...

58 MIN2017 SEP 28
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Lightning in a Bottle

Regulatory Discretion

This is the story of how a decision was made, with all the best intentions and for all the right reasons, to withdraw the prescription drug pergolide mesylate from the market in 2007. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the announcement through its usual channels, intending to protect the health of human Parkinson's Disease patients. At the time, nobody at the FDA knew that this would put the lives of tens of thousands of elderly horses at risk. They would find out soon enough. In this episode, we tell the story of the events that followed the announcement. Drugs and other health related treatments, procedures, and research, are regulated by government bureaucracies. Generally, we want it that way because such important and potentially dangerous substances and effects need to be controlled by something other than the market place. The FDA has a crucial role to play in all of our lives. Of course, health, illness, and treatment depend on what we know and don't k...

71 MIN2017 JUL 10
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Regulatory Discretion

Persistence of Vision

This concludes our story about Eadweard Muybridge, telling how he and Leland Stanford formed a collaboration that would forever changethe world through a match made in technological heaven. The project was conceived, managed, and funded by Stanford, the railroad tycoon and former governor of California who was known to the political cartoonists as "The Octopus." The daily work of the project - including obsessive attention to the details of the art and science of it all - was overseen by thetemperamental artist-photographer-inventor Muybridge, who was a household name in his own right in the 1870s. In this episode, we see the 19th Century to a close, pulling together the many threads from psychology, art, photography, industry, and the curious relationship betweenthe photographer, the robber baron, and thehorses. To the tune of nearly a million dollars in today's money, these two men worked tirelessly to develop the equipment, the open-air studio, and the process needed to produce t...

68 MIN2017 APR 12
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Persistence of Vision

Occident

This is the first part of a story that combines art, technology, industry, science, and horses. In this episode, we take a look at 19th Century America, through the lens of a burgeoning technology. Abby draws together threads from the personal life of Eadweard Muybridge, the early years of the State of California, the construction of the transcontinental railroad, and of course a study of their connection to horses. The landscape photographer known as Helios was known by many names over time, each one representing a different phase of his life’s adventure: Edward Muggeridge, Ted Muggeridge, Edward Muygridge, Edward Muybridge, “Helios” (the pseudonym with which he signed his photos), and finally, the Anglo-Saxon spelling Eadweard Muybridge. His personal life was not by any means a level path, but he eventually became a household name – more than once. Our backdrop is the Gilded Age: set in the early years of the western coast of the United States, during a time of rapidly advanci...

57 MIN2017 MAR 6
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Occident

Staff Sergeant Reckless

We conclude our story of Reckless, a native Korean mare who became a United States Marine. This episode tells howthis extraordinary maremade a life in the United States after the Korean War, and how she has been honoredby the U.S. Marines, the government of South Korea, and others. The first twoparts of the storyare told in Episode 2 Flame of the Morning, and Episode3 Pride of the Marines. Many animals have given military service over the centuries, but this one was unique. She worked alone, she kept herself safe, and she took care of her comrades in arms during some pretty terrifying action. The Marines who served with her were so amazed by what she did that they shipped her over land, air, and sea to bring her to the states. They housed her at Camp Pendleton out of gratitude and respect for her service, and recognized her sacrifices by giving her rank and promotion. She was retired at the base, had a number of foals, and even after her death has been recognized repeatedly for her ...

65 MIN2017 JAN 30
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Staff Sergeant Reckless

Pride of the Marines

We continue the story of Reckless, a native Korean mare who became a United States Marine. This episode goes to the core of this extraordinary mare's life with her "herd" of Marines. The first part of the story is told in Episode 2, Flame of the Morning. How is it possible that a horse would so selflessly sacrifice her own safety and comfort, often working alone (and astoundingly hard) under enemy fire and out of sheer bondedness with her fellow Marines? Unlike them, she couldn't grasp the ideology of anti-communism, the belief in American freedom, or the struggle for territorial control, and yet you have to wonder if it isn't the same bond that fuels bravery and heroism among humans in battle as well. It is a horse's nature to act to save the herd, because there is safety in numbers. Like the men, she knew she was part of a team, and she did what she could to save her buddies' skin. Follow our story about this little red mare, the size of a pony, witha heart asdeep as the ones of n...

53 MIN2016 DEC 30
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Pride of the Marines

Flame of the Morning

This episode explores the bond between humans and horses through an unusual story from the middle of the twentieth century. In this first episode of a three-part story, we introduce you to a little horse whom the U.S. Marines acquired, named, trained, employed, and lived with, during the last months of the Korean War. We trace the last wave of global decolonization; the effort of the United States to step into the void left by the collapsing colonial powers and assert global dominance; and millennia of human cohabitation with equines: breeding, selection, training, and the rise of human civilizations based on what their horses enabled them to do. In this story, we also get a sense of how much has changed in U.S. culture over the last 60 years since the Marines chose this horse as their comrade-in-arms. In the 1950s, it was still common to find experienced horsemen in the U.S. military, and they played an important role in the events as they happened. We can speculate about the horse...

58 MIN2016 DEC 1
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Flame of the Morning

Latest Episodes

Hiatus

News, of sorts. This episode will be most interesting if you are listening to it around the time it’s published. The show has been on an unplanned production break because Abby has had her hands full with a bunch of […]

10 MIN2019 JAN 20
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Hiatus

The Horse at War

“A horse, a horse! My Kingdom for a horse!” Having lost his mount, standing amid the chaos of war that August day in a Leicestershire field, Richard Plantagenet, third of that name to sit on the throne of England, knew the value of a horse in battle. A solider on a horse is more than a human sitting on an animal. Mounting the steed blends and multiplies both of their capabilities, combining the horse’s size, power, range, and mobility with man’s cunning, adaptability, and sadly rich capacity for making war. The result is a war-machine with a man’s brain and a horse’s power. In this episode, Abby takes us through the centuries as the human-horse relationship evolved from use as a food source to unified action in battle. Of course, it’s the human’s battle, not the horse’s.Mounted war has been part of human history since the early days of the Roman Empire. Stirrupless cavalry, lightly armed and poorly armored, was used rarely in the major Roman battles. It did have great mobil...

23 MIN2018 MAR 12
Comments
The Horse at War

Vagabond

Across cultures and throughout time, tales and legends from around the world show us a clear set of universal character types, or archetypes. These characters are so universal that the psychologist Carl Jung developed his theory of personality around them. Among Jung’s archetypes you will find such regulars as The Innocent, The Warrior, The Lover, and The Outlaw. For Jung, these characters represent the basic themes of human experience, and so, they connect directly to our own emotions. Of these archetypes, there is none that inspires our curiosity and amusement more than The Trickster. Many old and established native cultures have legendary characters whose role in story is to always know the secret that the rest of us don't. Trickster is the joker, the raven, the confidence man. Creative, clever, quick to think and act, and never living in fear of the consequences. The Trickster makes us laugh when he fools others. His promiscuous behavior embarrasses us, and we are fascinated wi...

66 MIN2017 DEC 7
Comments
Vagabond

Lightning in a Bottle

We know that genetics is the science of heredity. It’s likely common knowledge that in the last half-century, human understanding of that science has exploded. Each year, the pool of knowledge grows, so that now, humans, working in a laboratory, can manipulate the genetic material stored in organisms already living or yet to be born. As long as humans have been producing plants and animals for their own needs, we have known that the young would resemble their parents in a variety of ways. Since the middle of the 1800s, we have been moving toward a better understanding of exactly how this occurs. We know more and more about the molecular nature of inheritance, and research is bringing us closer to connecting genes with genetic traits. Less than half a century ago, the study of genetics seemed simply to be a matter of figuring out which traits were recessive and which were dominant, and how many genes produced any given trait. You know—the brown eyes / blue eyes idea. It was very st...

58 MIN2017 SEP 28
Comments
Lightning in a Bottle

Regulatory Discretion

This is the story of how a decision was made, with all the best intentions and for all the right reasons, to withdraw the prescription drug pergolide mesylate from the market in 2007. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the announcement through its usual channels, intending to protect the health of human Parkinson's Disease patients. At the time, nobody at the FDA knew that this would put the lives of tens of thousands of elderly horses at risk. They would find out soon enough. In this episode, we tell the story of the events that followed the announcement. Drugs and other health related treatments, procedures, and research, are regulated by government bureaucracies. Generally, we want it that way because such important and potentially dangerous substances and effects need to be controlled by something other than the market place. The FDA has a crucial role to play in all of our lives. Of course, health, illness, and treatment depend on what we know and don't k...

71 MIN2017 JUL 10
Comments
Regulatory Discretion

Persistence of Vision

This concludes our story about Eadweard Muybridge, telling how he and Leland Stanford formed a collaboration that would forever changethe world through a match made in technological heaven. The project was conceived, managed, and funded by Stanford, the railroad tycoon and former governor of California who was known to the political cartoonists as "The Octopus." The daily work of the project - including obsessive attention to the details of the art and science of it all - was overseen by thetemperamental artist-photographer-inventor Muybridge, who was a household name in his own right in the 1870s. In this episode, we see the 19th Century to a close, pulling together the many threads from psychology, art, photography, industry, and the curious relationship betweenthe photographer, the robber baron, and thehorses. To the tune of nearly a million dollars in today's money, these two men worked tirelessly to develop the equipment, the open-air studio, and the process needed to produce t...

68 MIN2017 APR 12
Comments
Persistence of Vision

Occident

This is the first part of a story that combines art, technology, industry, science, and horses. In this episode, we take a look at 19th Century America, through the lens of a burgeoning technology. Abby draws together threads from the personal life of Eadweard Muybridge, the early years of the State of California, the construction of the transcontinental railroad, and of course a study of their connection to horses. The landscape photographer known as Helios was known by many names over time, each one representing a different phase of his life’s adventure: Edward Muggeridge, Ted Muggeridge, Edward Muygridge, Edward Muybridge, “Helios” (the pseudonym with which he signed his photos), and finally, the Anglo-Saxon spelling Eadweard Muybridge. His personal life was not by any means a level path, but he eventually became a household name – more than once. Our backdrop is the Gilded Age: set in the early years of the western coast of the United States, during a time of rapidly advanci...

57 MIN2017 MAR 6
Comments
Occident

Staff Sergeant Reckless

We conclude our story of Reckless, a native Korean mare who became a United States Marine. This episode tells howthis extraordinary maremade a life in the United States after the Korean War, and how she has been honoredby the U.S. Marines, the government of South Korea, and others. The first twoparts of the storyare told in Episode 2 Flame of the Morning, and Episode3 Pride of the Marines. Many animals have given military service over the centuries, but this one was unique. She worked alone, she kept herself safe, and she took care of her comrades in arms during some pretty terrifying action. The Marines who served with her were so amazed by what she did that they shipped her over land, air, and sea to bring her to the states. They housed her at Camp Pendleton out of gratitude and respect for her service, and recognized her sacrifices by giving her rank and promotion. She was retired at the base, had a number of foals, and even after her death has been recognized repeatedly for her ...

65 MIN2017 JAN 30
Comments
Staff Sergeant Reckless

Pride of the Marines

We continue the story of Reckless, a native Korean mare who became a United States Marine. This episode goes to the core of this extraordinary mare's life with her "herd" of Marines. The first part of the story is told in Episode 2, Flame of the Morning. How is it possible that a horse would so selflessly sacrifice her own safety and comfort, often working alone (and astoundingly hard) under enemy fire and out of sheer bondedness with her fellow Marines? Unlike them, she couldn't grasp the ideology of anti-communism, the belief in American freedom, or the struggle for territorial control, and yet you have to wonder if it isn't the same bond that fuels bravery and heroism among humans in battle as well. It is a horse's nature to act to save the herd, because there is safety in numbers. Like the men, she knew she was part of a team, and she did what she could to save her buddies' skin. Follow our story about this little red mare, the size of a pony, witha heart asdeep as the ones of n...

53 MIN2016 DEC 30
Comments
Pride of the Marines

Flame of the Morning

This episode explores the bond between humans and horses through an unusual story from the middle of the twentieth century. In this first episode of a three-part story, we introduce you to a little horse whom the U.S. Marines acquired, named, trained, employed, and lived with, during the last months of the Korean War. We trace the last wave of global decolonization; the effort of the United States to step into the void left by the collapsing colonial powers and assert global dominance; and millennia of human cohabitation with equines: breeding, selection, training, and the rise of human civilizations based on what their horses enabled them to do. In this story, we also get a sense of how much has changed in U.S. culture over the last 60 years since the Marines chose this horse as their comrade-in-arms. In the 1950s, it was still common to find experienced horsemen in the U.S. military, and they played an important role in the events as they happened. We can speculate about the horse...

58 MIN2016 DEC 1
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Flame of the Morning
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