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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.
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. Kidd was hung for the political convenience of his masters while his nemesis, a REALLY bad pirate, got a pardon. And we hear how pirates learn to sound like pirates, courtesy of Doug Gordon. And we hear lots of pirate songs!
Jack Gottschalk is an attorney and one of the authors of "Jolly Roger with an Uzi: The Rise and Threat of Modern Piracy." He 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. Also, Captain Jack Dalby runs a company called Marine Risk Management that out-pirate the pirates and reclaims ships for their rightful owners. He tells Steve Paulson a little about how they do it, with global positioning units and big, strapping ex-special forces types.
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Sara Lorimer is the author of "Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas." She 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. Also, non-mariners use the word pirate today to talk about un-authorized duplication of music. John Alderman is the author of "Sonic Boom: Napster, MP3, and the New Pioneers of Music." He tells Steve Paulson that once young people figured out how to share music on the Internet, the floodgates were opened. He thinks the industry will fail in its efforts to stop technology and looks to the various music licensing models for a solution that rewards artists without penalizing consumers.
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