Brad Harris, Historian of Science & Technology

How It Began: A History of the Modern World

A thrilling podcast about the History of the Modern World.  Humanity has been hard at work for centuries to empower itself with better tools and insights, from science and surgery to electricity and the Internet, and this series celebrates the history of those triumphs.  Compared to our ancestors, we live like superheroes and sorcerers, endowed with powers they could never have imagined. But how did we achieve all this? Historian Brad Harris tackles that question head on, revealing how the most important scientific, technological, and cultural advancements in history began, and inspiring us to keep reaching for new historical triumphs along the way.

A thrilling podcast about the History of the Modern World. Humanity has been hard at work for centuries to empower itself with better tools and insights, from science and surgery to electricity and the Internet, and this series celebrates the history of those triumphs. Compared to our ancestors, we live like superheroes and sorcerers, endowed with powers they could never have imagined. But how did we achieve all this? Historian Brad Harris tackles that question head on, revealing how the most important scientific, technological, and cultural advancements in history began, and inspiring us to keep reaching for new historical triumphs along the way.

Episodes: 21

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Duration: 6 min

Money: From Barter to Blockchain

Duration: 52 min

Measuring Time: The Hidden Mechanism of Modernity

Duration: 1 hr 11 min

Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

Duration: 48 min

What Defines the History of the Modern World?

Duration: 6 min

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