The Fateful Tale of Chesapeake Bay

Dive into the troubled waters of one of the most magnificent estuaries in the world. The Fateful Tale of Chesapeake Bay is a 4-part podcast that brings you the re-telling of 160 years of ecological and social history as seen through the eyes of 2 artists trying to piece it all together. Visual artist Judith Anketell and theatre maker Miriam Gould present this tale in the only way they can, interweaving the science with song, poetry and sound, to give perspective on the changing face of nature. This podcast is made in commemoration for the Remembrance Day for Lost Species and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Tuesday Nov 24, 2020

In the first episode of this 4-part season, 2 long-lost friends find one another and begin to unravel the history and ecological decline of one of the world's most magnificent estuaries, Chesapeake Bay. Judith lays out our journey and Miriam delves into the Oyster Wars.

Monday Dec 07, 2020

In the second episode of this 4-part podcast, Miriam and Judith sink into the deeper waters of the Bay to explore the seabed, the marine life that it sustains and the fragile ecosystem of which it is a part. What makes a deadzone? What is the seabed thinking? And what do trees have to do with any of this?

Monday Dec 14, 2020

In the penultimate episode of this 4-part podcast, Judith and Miriam finally join the prey and predator in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. They try to unpick the intricacy of the marine ecosystem of the estuary, and the human lives that depend on the health of its waters.

Friday Jan 01, 2021

In this final episode, Miriam and Judith hear from 3 inspiring individuals who have found their own unique ways of sharing their love for nature and the environment. With Jack Baddams, The Dormouse that Roared and Cherelle Harding from Steppers UK.

Monday Mar 01, 2021

In this 3-minute trailer, Miriam and Judith let you into The Fateful Tale's first season about the Chesapeake Bay. Feel free to get in touch at

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