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EP 177: Ocean Explorer Dr. Robert Ballard on Finding Titanic, What Sank the Lusitania, & Searchi

Dr. Robert Ballard is the famed ocean explorer responsible for some of the greatest undersea discoveries including the RMS Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and John F. Kennedy's WW II boat PT-109. Today Dr. Ballard reveals that he was actually on a top secret government mission when he found the Titanic, what it was like the first time he physically went down to visit Titanic, and his outrage at those who are looting this sacred burial ground for profit. We also discuss what really sank the Lusitania, what Russia is up to in the waters around vital fiber optic cables in the Atlantic, and the future of fishing with sustainable floating fisheries in the open ocean. Plus, how Dr. Ballard is now trying to bring his underwater adventures right into every classroom in America.

Special thanks to the Milken Institute for hosting this interview during the 2017 Milken Global Conference. Visit to learn more about the exciting work they are doing in science and education.

Learn more about Dr. Robert Ballard and his Ocean Exploration Trust at, and as of May 12, you can follow the explorations of Dr. Ballard and the crew of the EV Nautilus in real time at Follow Dr. Ballard and his team on Twitter at @EVNautilus.

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