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"Leviathan," a Whale of a Tale

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It's impossible to think about New England's past without recounting the history of one of its most perilous professions: whaling.

For centuries, whales were mined for their fat, meat, and bone. Whales kept generations of people alive and literally fueled the region's economy.

Today, a new book on whaling is coming out. It's called "Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America."

We'll hear from its author today but first, WBUR's Bob Oakes recalls a classic "whale's tale" and visits the Whaling Museum in New Bedford.

This program aired on July 2, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

Bob Oakes Twitter Host, Morning Edition
Bob Oakes has been WBUR's Morning Edition anchor since 1992.


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