Season 1 - Episode 8

EPISODE 8 - On the Road Part 1 & 2


Part 1

The kids begin their journey to Vandenberg on bikes. We find out about transportation.

The journey to Vandenberg begins. As the kids hit the road using two of the oldest forms of locomotion, we look at how we get around. In part 1 we talk about the 19th century again (oh yeah!); you'll learn how to operate a laufmachine, a Model T, and dirt paths. Plus, if you like highways, driving above 30 miles an hour, and the personal freedom of car travel then this episode is crafted especially for you. Still take our modern transportation systems for granted after all that? We also bring you a daring story of escape that'll make sitting in traffic seem like vacation.


Part 2

The bike journey continues. We explore navigation.

The journey continues. In part 2 we learn how utterly lost we are without phones (and Google Maps) that tell us what to do. We'll quickly teach you EVERYTHING there is to know about celestial navigation (minus a a few minor details) and we find out who the real masters of ocean exploration are. Then, if you don't know the name of the most famous Chinese explorer by the end of this episode, you'll be asked to listen again. Also we plug Google Maps like 100 times because we made one about this episode and it's made out of pictures from space!






Prof. Barbara McCaskill

Barbara is the Co-Director of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative; Associate Academic Director, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts. Her specific areas of research interest are nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature, early African American print culture, the literature and film of the Civil Rights Movement, multiplatform storytelling and digital humanities archives, project- and place-based learning, and contemporary Black feminist/Womanist literature.


Prof. Richard Blackett

Richard is an Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. Richard Blackett is a historian of the abolitionist movement in the US and particularly its transatlantic connections and the roles African Americans played in the movement to abolish slavery.


Doug Herman

Doug is the Senior Geographer at the National Museum of the American Indian, specializes in the cultural knowledge of Hawaii and Pacific Islands. His work focuses on the revitalization of traditional knowledge and values as lessons for all people on how to live more sustainably today.


Jenna Ishii

Jenna Iis an apprentice navigator and Education Coordinator for the Polynesian Voyaging Society She was raised in Hawaii and graduated from the University of California in San Diego with a degree in Communications. She spent a year abroad teaching English in Okinawa, Japan, with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. In 2007, Hokulea voyaged from Hawaii to Japan and inspired her to return home and reconnect with her community. Jenna is now an apprentice navigator with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and has been training since 2008. She is on the Worldwide Voyage of Hokulea and Hikianalia, as well as serving as the Education Coordinator for the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Her passion is to inspire the next generation of youth in Hawaii to become active and engaged leaders of their island communities.