Andrea Pitzer on the Heroic—and Horrific—Arctic Voyages of William Barents
From the Time to Eat the Dogs Podcast with Michael Robinson
Time to Eat the Dogs is a podcast about science, history, and exploration. Each week, Michael Robinson interviews scientists, journalists, and adventurers about life at the extreme.
In the late 1500s, Dutch navigator William Barents sailed north in search of a Northeast Passage. This expedition and a second one both suffered hardships, but they were mild in comparison with the horrors of the third expedition.
On this episode, Andrea Pitzer talks about the Arctic voyages of William Barents and their impact on Europe in the centuries that followed. Pitzer is a journalist and author of Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World.
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Andrea Pitzer is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, Outside, The Daily Beast, Vox, and Slate, among other publications. She has authored two previous books, One Long Night and The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov–both critically acclaimed. She received an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1994, and later studied at MIT and Harvard as an affiliate of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. She grew up in West Virginia and currently lives with her family near Washington, DC. Icebound is her most recent work.