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October 11, 2013



The Clues Behind Amelia Earhart’s Last Radio Transmission

Betty Brown was a 15-year-old growing up in St. Petersburg, Fla, when one day in 1937, she was listening to a short-wave radio and picked up a signal of a distressed airplane pilot. Brown wrote down what she heard: A man who sounded like he wanted to get out of the airplane and a woman who sounded exactly like the famed female aviator Amelia Earhart. Brown’s father notified the U.S. Coast Guard, who, although Earhart disappeared that day, brushed off Brown’s account. In this conversation with host Dick Gordon, Brown talks about the years she spent wondering whether she should’ve done more to help the people she heard and how, eventually, her notes became a key in the search for the famously disappeared Earhart.

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