It’s a Plunderful Life

August 18, 2002

Captain William Kidd is considered to be one of the most notorious buccaneers ever to sail the Spanish Main.  But apparently history got it wrong – Captain Kidd wasn’t a pirate, he was a sea captain who hunted down pirates.  Talk about being misunderstood!.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the life and times of Captain Kidd.  And some female swashbucklers like Sadie the Goat and Lai Choi San.

  1. Richard Zacks on Captain Kidd

    Richard Zacks, author of “The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd,” tells Jim Fleming that Kidd, was a privateer - a pirate hunter - not a pirate.

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  2. Jack Gottschalk on Modern Piracy

    Jack Gottschalk tells Steve Paulson that piracy is alive and well on the high seas, from crews who hi-jack tankers and container ships to well-armed bandits who prey on boat people.

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  3. John Dalby on Hunting Pirates

    Captain John Dalby runs a company called Marine Risk Management that out-pirates the pirates and reclaims ships for their rightful owners.

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  4. Sara Lorimer on Female Pirates

    Sara Lorimer tells Jim Fleming about the Chinese woman who ran an empire of six fleets and eighty thousand pirates, and the Irish pirate who gave birth during a battle.

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  5. John Alderman on Music Piracy

    John Alderman tells Steve Paulson that  once young people figured out how to share music on the Internet, the floodgates were opened.

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