Interviews and Podcasts


January 8, 2015

KALWlogoRecorded in San Francisco, October 1, 2014

Crosscurrents, hosted by Hana Baba


October 9, 2014

Maine Coast Book Shop’s Third Firehouse Forum, Damariscotta

AnchorSeptember 24, 2014

Aquarium of the Pacific



Brief interview (3 min.)

Guest lecture (48 mins.)


February 13–14, 2014







John Batchelor Show, Part 1

John Batchelor Show, Part 2

AnchorJanuary 22, 2014

U.S._Naval_Academy_Museum_logoAs part of the Shifley Lecture Series at the United States Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland, author Lincoln Paine discusses his latest book, The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World with museum director Claude Berube.


November 21, 2013, and January 22, 2014


Since the beginning of civilizations, people have been developing technologies to allow them to go out on the water. Seafaring has been critical for trade, conquest and warfare. Our guest tonight on Inquiry is maritime historian Lincoln Paine, who has written a stunning new monumental book titled The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. Tune in and learn about how the peoples of Oceania navigated out-riggers and double canoes across the wide Pacific thousands of years ago.


Inquiry-Lincoln Paine 2 pod.mp3

Host: Mark Lynch
Date: Wednesday,  – 3:30pm

Inquiry welcomes back writer and historian LINCOLN PAINE to continue our discussion about his monumental history THE SEA AND CIVILIZATION: A MARITIME HISTORY OF THE WORLD. Tonight, we talk about Europe in the 15th and 16th Centuries, a time of exploration, conquest of the Indian Ocean and the “New World”, and changes in how countries thought about the ocean. This was the time of Prince Henry, Columbus, the spice trade and the escalation of the slave trade. If you love the sea and ships, don’t miss this show!


January 16, 2014


8 Bells Lecture | Lincoln Paine: The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley draws upon the examples of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India, Southeast and East Asia who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish vibrant overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European overseas expansion.

Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed).


January 10, 2014


Chart Your Next Reading Adventure with Portland Author Lincoln Paine [Audio]

By Sandra Harris

Arm chair sailors can spend the winter enjoying Lincoln Paine‘s new book, The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. This 700+ page book will keep readers occupied for hours discovering the maritime adventures of our ancestors.

This is a book that was years in the making and tells little known stories that will enrich your depth of maritime history.  Anyone with an interest in our seafaring forefathers should have this original work on their bookshelves. I had the opportunity to have Lincoln join me in the 94.9 WHOM studios.  You can listen to the interview with this Portland, Maine native here:

Chart Your Next Reading Adventure with Portland Author Lincoln Paine [Audio]



November 15, 2013

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Lincoln Paine on The Sea and Civilization

Author Lincoln Paine has just published “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World.” The book retells human history through the lens of maritime travel, revealing how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river.


November 8, 2013


The sea has been the main artery of cultural transformations throughout history

Producer Christopher Woolf, November 08, 2013 · 11:15 AM EST

Throughout history, the seas and oceans of the world have been essential for the exchange of goods, people, ideas and religion. This is the subject of Lincoln Paine’s new book called “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World.”

Paine says his book is an attempt “to integrate a whole variety of different areas of maritime history that people have specialized in over the last 50 or 60 years, but which nobody has ever really approached from a holistic perspective.” It’s remarkable, Paine says, how maritime history is so parochial, when in fact the nature of maritime life is all about connections to other places.

The breadth and extent of Paine’s story-telling is also remarkable.  It’s also refreshing to see how he avoids the temptations of ethno-centricity.  Much of the story of maritime history begins with Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus, and centers on the rise of European dominance in the world of commerce and seapower.  Paine seeks out and presents amazing details on life at sea, trade and culture outside Europe and tells the little known story of how local seamen and traders endured and adapted to European intrusion.He relies on the sampans of the China seas and the birch-bark canoes of Canada, as much as as he does on the galleons of Europe.

One key aspect of the book is the way it highlights how the sea has made possible huge cultural transformations.  Ideas, like trade, have historically been spread much more easily by sea than by land. Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam all followed the ancient trade routes from India into south-east Asia.

The book brings the reader up to the present day, and discusses the big issues facing the future of the oceans.

  • Piracy: which still prevails in the same strategic choke-points where it has in every generation.
  • Climate change: which is revolutionizing shipping in the polar regions, and is also bringing huge challenges to ports as sea levels rise.
  • Fisheries, which says Paine remain over-managed and mis-managed at the same time.

Paine says despite his years of study and thinking about the sea and the life it carries, he can still enjoy a simple day at the beach or an afternoon out sailing.