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This American Life: Things I Mean to Know

October 30, 2017 — 

In Act III of the episode “Things I mean to Know”, This American Life tells the story of Inuit seeing the sun rising in a different spot on the horizon. It angered astronomers to hear the Earth’s axis tilted without anyone noticing the catastrophic event, yet, sure enough, the sun was seen rising in a different spot. 

That’s when the reporter was sent by Resolute residents to speak to U of M Professor Emeritus Waldemar Lehn, the world’s expert on this. He provided the explanation: Novaya Zemlya effect. 

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