The Life and Adventures of Bob Ballard
A look at the man behind the discovery of the Titanic!
In this special episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral(ret) Tim Gallaudet interviews renowned ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard about his book Into the Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic. Ocean mapping and exploration contribute to every component of the American Blue Economy, and we learn about many of Ballard's innovative advances in the field. Longtime colleagues, Gallaudet and BalIard discuss their common connections and experience in ocean science, technology, and adventure. From the extreme depths of the deep sea to the Halls of Congress, we discover that Ballard did much more than discovering famous shipwrecks and never-before seen scientific findings. He helped establish NOAA's Office for Ocean Exploration and Research, and he influenced the acquisition of the agency's first dedicated exploration ship Okeanos Explorer. We learn that Gallaudet pursued a career in Naval Oceanography after seeing Ballard give a presentation on the Titanic at the US Naval Academy, and coming full circle 3 decades later with NOAA, he led development of the National Ocean Exploration Strategy and Plan based on Ballard's vision. The most compelling piece is learning about the person that is this great discoverer - the son, brother, father, husband, friend, and human being. Come dive into one of the most epic episodes this year!