Into the Depths Podcast with Tara Roberts
Who is Tara Roberts?
Tara Roberts is a National Geographic Explorer & Storyteller who follows a group of Black scuba divers (Diving with a Purpose), historians, and archaeologists as they search for and help document slave trade shipwrecks worldwide. She makes the untold stories of our ancestors come to life through her six series podcast,
Into the Depths.
Tara’s goal is to reimagine and reframe the origin story of Africans in the Americas alongside Black scuba divers. These divers are searching for the lost shipwrecks of the trans-Atlantic slave trade that trafficked millions of enslaved Africans to the Americas from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Tara’s podcast aims to tell stories that humanize and bring empathy, nuance, and complexity to their human journey and our collective history. The podcast follows Tara from Florida to Costa Rica, and from the continent of Africa back to her family home in Edenton, North Carolina.
The podcast, which will be available from Jan. 27 to March 3, features over 40 voices, including underwater divers and archaeologists – descendants of those brought over on the ships, historians, and a variety of experts whom Roberts works with to uncover these stories.
In addition to the podcast series, Tara will be featured on the cover of the March issue of National Geographic magazine, which will be published online at natgeo.com/intothedepths on Feb. 7. The feature will profile Tara’s journey as she travels with the divers to investigate the lost stories of the slave trade – both to expand the historical record and to honor the 1.8 million unsung souls who perished during the middle passage.
National Geographic will also premiere a documentary special, CLOTILDA: LAST AMERICAN SLAVE SHIP, about the most intact slave shipwreck found to date and the only one for which we know the full story of the voyage, the passengers and their descendants.