Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Amelia Earhart

by Gary Niederhoff on January 23, 2017

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Amelia Earhart

She’s among the most famous missing persons in history. On the eightieth anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, mystery still shrouds her fate. What happened during the last leg of her round-the-world trek?

Theories abound. Perhaps she ran out of fuel, and plunged into the ocean … or was captured by the Japanese. A non-profit international organization, TIGHAR, suggests she was a castaway, and offers up a new analysis of bones found on a Pacific atoll during the time of the Second World War. Their researchers will return to this possible landing spot to seek more clues this summer.

We consider these theories and weigh the new evidence surrounding Earhart’s puzzling last flight. Also, why are we uncomfortable with open-ended mysteries?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: John Norberg / Historic Flight
Part 2: Andrew McKenna / TIGHAR’s Search
Part 3: Claire Maldarelli / Evidence of Amelia
Part 4: Andrew Maynard / Inescapable Uncertainty

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