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A Soviet salvage and rescue ship and an unidentified Soviet ship shadow salvage operations for downed Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL-007). The commercial jet was shot down by Soviet aircraft over Sakhalin Island on August 30, 1983 in the Sea of Japan. All 269 passengers and crewmen were killed.

A Russian war plane shoots down a passenger jet with 269 souls onboard. How and why did this great tragedy happen? Listen this week to the terrifying story of Korean Airlines Flight 007.

Show Notes:

Air Disasters: Season 2, Episode: The Target is Destroyed

Dark Docs: YouTube

Encyclopedia Britannica: Flight of KA007

United Nations Security Council Report: December 16, 1991

The Downing of Flight 007: 30 Years Later, A Cold War Tragedy Still Seems Surreal – CNN.com 8/31/13

Wikipedia: Korean Airlines Flight 997

Korean Airlines Flight KA 007 Alternative Theories

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Episode 6: Moon Hoax Part 2

astronaut standing on the surface of the moon with darkness in the background

We learned about the Moon Hoax of 1836 but what about modern moon hoaxes?

Show Notes:

Lost Moon by Jim Lovell

Apollo 11 Moon Landings: Conspiracy Theories Debunked

Biography: Bill Kaysing

Brief History of Moon Hoaxes

The Wildest Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Debunked

How moon landing conspiracy theories began and why they persist today

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Episode 5: Centralia Mine Fire

steam rising out of a hole in the earth surrounded by dead trees with greenery in the background

For over fifty years the coal seams under what used to be Centralia, Pennsylvania have been burning. Mine fires are not uncommon, however, this fire is has become infamous.

Show Notes:

“Centralia PA Mine Fire – Photos History Visiting.” Centralia PA, https://www.centraliapa.org. Accessed 2 Nov. 2021.

David. Fire Underground: The Ongoing Tragedy Of The Centralia Mine Fire. Globe Pequot.

“Dying Embers | Radiolab | WNYC Studios.” WNYC Studios, https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/segments/96054-dying-embers. Accessed 2 Nov. 2021.

Quigley, Joan. The Day the Earth Caved In. Random House, 2007.

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Episode 4: Buran the Soviet Space Shuttle

illustration of space shuttle showing internal structure of space shuttle

Spies, intrigue, stolen plans…check out the newest episode of Three Questions Podcast to hear the history of the not-so-unique Soviet Space Shuttle.

Show Notes:

Two abandoned Soviet space shuttles left in the Kazakh steppe

Buran: The Soviet Space Shuttle

Buran: A Soviet Space Plane

How the Soviets stole a space shuttle

Buran shuttle graffiti highlights concern for space history, need for museum ownership & care

Cosmonaut: Soviet space shuttle was safer than NASA’s

Buran – NASA

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Episode 3: Sister Ships of the White Star Line

black and white photograph of olympic ocean liner with camouflage paint scheme

All aboard for podcasting! Learn about the Titanic and her infamous sisters the Olympic and the Britannic, the three ships of the White Star Line. Image: HMT Olympic in dazzle camouflage while in service as a troopship during World War I

Works Cited

Layton, J. Kent. “The White Star Line | Atlantic Liners.” Welcome to Atlantic Liners, 2015, http://atlanticliners.com/white_star_home/.

“Titanic and Her Sister Ships.” National Museums NI : Explore, Engage and Enjoy, https://www.nmni.com/collections/history/1900-1923-home-rule-to-partition/titanic-and-her-sister-ships. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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Episode 2: Moon Hoax of 1835

antique front of imaginary animals including men with batwings, a bison with a horn, and a unicorn

Imagine a world populated by extravagant flora, bizarre fauna, and people with bat-like wings. Imagine this world has mountains made of gems and crystals and expansive oceans. Imagine this world is on the moon…

References

Blunt, Charles F. The Beauty of the Heavens; a Pictorial Display of the Astronomical Phenomena of the Universe. Exhibited in One Hundred and Four Scenes, Accompanying and Illustrating a Familiar Lecture on Astronomy. From Original Drawings, Paintings. and Observatory Studies. London: D. Bogue, 1849. Print.

DiMeo, Nate. “Episode 24: The Moon in the Sun.” Audio blog post. The Memory Palace. Maximum Fun Network, 13 Jan. 2010. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Dunlop, Doug. “THE GREAT MOON HOAX OR WAS IT — THE JOKE’S ON WHO?” Blog post. Unbound. Smithsonian Libraries, 4 Sept. 2013. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Dunlop, Doug. “THE MOON HOAX OF 1835: GREAT ASTRONOMICAL DISCOVERIES.” Blog post. Unbound. Smithsonian Libraries, 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 24 July 2015.

Frey, Holly, and Tracy V. Wilson. “The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 1.” Audio blog post. Stuff You Missed in History Class. How Stuff Works, 30 Mar. 2015. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Frey, Holly, and Tracy V. Wilson. “The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 2.” Audio blog post. Stuff You Missed in History Class. How Stuff Works, 1 Apr. 2015. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Goodman, Matthew. The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-bats in Nineteenth-century New York. New York: Basic, 2008. Print.

Hall, Stephanie. “Belief, Legend, and the Great Moon Hoax.” Blog post. Folklife Today. Library of Congress, 26 Aug. 2014. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Locke, Richard Adams, and J. N. Nicollet. The Moon Hoax ; Or, A Discovery That the Moon Has a Vast Population of Human Beings. New York: W. Gowans, 1859. Print.

Locke, Richard Adams. “The Great Moon Hoax of 1835 (text).” Editorial. New York Sun 25 Aug. 1835. Museum of Hoaxes. 2014. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Newland, Rebecca. “Primary Sources and April Fool’s Day: The Great Moon Hoax of 1825.” Blog post. Teaching with the Library of Congress. Library of Congress, 31 Mar. 2015. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Starr, Benjamin. “The Great Moon Hoax of 1836.” Visual News. 12 Dec. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Symes, R. F., and R. R. Harding. Crystal & Gem. New York: Knopf, 1991. Print.

Wood, Charles Arthur, and Maurice J. S. Collins. 21st Century Atlas of the Moon. Morgantown: West Virginia UP, 2013. Print.

Zielinski, Sarah. “The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Time.” Urban Explorations. Smithsonian.com, 2 July 2015. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

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Episode 1: The First Marathon

The first episode is inspired by our other podcast, The Fun Run!

Image Credit: Pheidippides falls to his death after delivering the good news, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

References

“Battle of Marathon.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, 6 May 2020, https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Marathon.

History.com Editors. “Battle of Marathon.” HISTORY, A&E Television Networks, 8 Oct. 2019, https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/battle-of-marathon.

Karnazes, Dean. “The Real Pheidippides Story | Runner’s World.” Runner’s World, Runner’s World, 6 Dec. 2016, https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a20836761/the-real-pheidippides-story/.

Peplow, Mark. “Battle of Marathon Date Revised | Nature.” Nature, Springer Nature, 19 July 2004, https://www.nature.com/articles/news040719-1.

Peterson, Dan. “Why Are Marathons 26.2 Miles Long? | Live Science.” Livescience.Com, Live Science, 19 Apr. 2010, https://www.livescience.com/11011-marathons-26-2-miles-long.html.