Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...
April 9, 2012 9:40 PM Subscribe
posted by zarq (36 comments total)
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In 1984, The Voyage of the Mimi
set sail on PBS, exploring the ocean off the coast of Massachusetts to study humpback whales. The educational series was made up of thirteen episodes intended to teach middle schoolers about science and math. The first fifteen minutes of each episode were a fictional adventure starring a young Ben Affleck. The second 15 minutes were an "expedition documentary" that would explore the scientific concepts behind the show's plot points. A sequel with the same format, The Second Voyage of the Mimi
aired in 1988, and featured the crew of the Mimi exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico.
The links above are to the playlists for both shows. 13 episodes for the first. 12 for the second. Individual episode links:
The Voyage of the Mimi
1. All Aboard / Planet Ocean
2. Setting Sail / Whale Watch
3. On the Shoals / Mapping the Blue Part
4. Counting Whales / Whale Bones
5. Going Fishing / Scraping the Bottom
6. Home Movies / Songs in the Sea
7. Fastening On / Hands Full of Words
8. Tracking the Whale / World's Worst Weather
9. Shipwrecked / Goose Bumps
10. Making Dew / Water, Water, Everywhere
11. The Feast / A New Alchemy
12. Rolling Home / Boat Shop
13. Separate Ways / A Sailor and a Scientist
The Second Voyage of the Mimi
1. A Charter To the Past / If I Can Do This!
2. A Tomb In the Jungle / Sweating It Out...
3. A Light In the Dark / As the Earth Turns...
4. The Underworld / The Incredible Shrinking Head!
5. A Stone Puzzle / Feeling The Pressure
6. Cracking the Code / Written in Stone
7. The Quest Begins / The Ancient Farm
8. A Road To Danger / Venom: A Scorpion Tale
9. A Friendly Village / Curandera
10. Discoveries / Up a Tree
11. Found and Lost / In the Canopy
12. The Fate of a King / One Stone at a Time
Wikipedia on The Voyage of the Mimi
/ The Second Voyage of the Mimi
. Here are summaries of each episode
Oceanographer Kim Kasten
discusses her time on the show, and asks: Was "Voyage of the Mimi" effective?
Apparently, it's still being used
as a foundation for curriculum in at least one school.
Here's a quote from Affleck on the show
The final documentary of the first season
mentions that the ship used in both seasons really was called the Mimi. Wikipedia has its history
. Last year, boston.com covered the sad, Last Voyage of the Mimi
, in East Boston.