"Leviathan," a Whale of a Tale

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.

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Bob Oakes Senior Correspondent
Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.



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