A Whale of a Program

If you’ve ever taken an English literature class I’m sure you’re familiar with Herman Melville. Not really one of my favorite American authors. I’ve always found any dramatization of Moby Dick much more interesting than the literary version. This Sunday on WOSU TV we’ll get a glimpse into the world of the American whaling industry, long ago forgotten.

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World American Experience

It was the pilgrims watching, from the Mayflower, these huge creatures of the ocean swimming in the waters off Cape Cod. Native Americans would eventually pass their whaling techniques to these new settlers, who would then dominate the whaling industry for the next two hundred years.

Ric Burns, one of my favorite documentary directors, presents this wonderful film narrated by Willem Dafoe. Burns takes a look at America’s first global industry but does it as only he can do. Who else can make a film about industry and global energy as exciting as any production of Moby Dick.

I hope you’ll be able to join us on Sunday at 6pm, or set your DVR to catch this whale of a program. Sorry I couldn’t resist!

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World American Experience airs 6pm, Sunday, July 3 on WOSU TV.

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