November 6, 2023
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#934 The Aquanaut
It’s easy to imagine medical science and research being done from the safety of a lab with all the proper controls in place. But sometimes, it all starts with one person, going underwater, and exploring caves for unique and mysterious sea creatures.
Jesse Brown
Host & Publisher
Bruce Thorson
Senior Producer
Tristan Capacchione
Audio Editor & Technical Producer
Karyn Pugliese
Editor-in-Chief

Jill Heinerth is one of the most accomplished aquanauts in the world. With over 8500 dives, she is hired by some of the most notable names in film and television, from David Suzuki, to James Cameron. 

But her life isn’t all about shooting epic underwater scenes for the big screen, a lot of her life is doing research in underwater caves, looking at organisms that few have ever seen before. She does this as part of scientific research that leads to groundbreaking medical discoveries, with applications for AIDS, breast cancer, and even COVID. 

These dives are dangerous though, and each time she goes under, could be her last.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

 

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Additional music by Tristan Capacchione and Audio Network

 

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