Chasing the Solar Eclipse, Plus: Oral Histories of Partition

On today’s show, Salima Hamirani explores the solar eclipse passing over the continental US on Monday. We’ll hear from a composer turning it into live music, an eclipse chaser about why it’s so spectacular, and a scientist about what an eclipse even is and how to watch it safely.

Before that, Salima talks to Rohini Ramkrishnan from the 1947 Partition Archives about collecting oral histories from survivors of Partition as this month marks the 70th anniversary of the event.


  • Rohini Ramkrishnan, oral history program manager, The 1947 Archives
  • David Baron, science journalist and author of American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the the Glory of the World
  • Wayne Grim, sound artist, composer and Staff Artist at the Exploratorium
  • Dr. Bryan Méndez, astronomer and public education specialist at UC Berkeley’s Space Science Laboratory
Music in Partition segment by Sameer Gupta.

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