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Episode: 2894 Wastewater Treatment. Today, the unmentionable.
Episode: 2666 Codes, ciphers and Alan Turing. Today codes, ciphers and Alan Turing.
Episode: 2951 Scurvy, Vitamin C, and the Origins of the Modern Clinical Trial. Today, we go to sea.
Episode: 2540 Semi-Submersible Ships, or how the USS Cole hitched a ride home. Today, semi-submersible ships.
Episode: 2537 Vredefort, Chicxulub, Apophis — once and future threats to Earth. Today, Vredefort and Apophis.
Episode: 2536 The Scapa Flow ship cemetery. Today, Scapa Flow.
Episode: 2532 Fanny Kemble, technology, and London's circle of radical intellectual women. Today, another kind of radical.
Episode: 2891 Specifics and Generalities: teaching and the problem of universals. Today, what exactly is that?
Episode: 2448 Sergei Rachmaninoff visits a hypnotist to remove his writer's block. Today, a composer unblocked.
Episode: 3288 Yellow-Bellies. Today we consider "Yellow Bellies".
Episode: 2528 le Systeme international d'units, our real standard of units. Today, another look at weights and measures.
Episode: 2526 John Montague, Lord Sandwich, and a little-known island chain. Today, Sandwich's islands.
Episode: 2525 Reflections on protruding land, shipwrecks and lighthouses. Today, protruding land.
Episode: 2524 Art Arfons' last Hurrah. Today, a thought about folly and Function.
Episode: 2889 An important step toward solving the twin primes conjecture. Today, almost twins.
Episode: 2658 Massively Multiplayer Math. Today, let's talk massively multiplayer mathematics.
Episode: 2724 Let's be pedants — well, insofar as language allows. Today, let's be pedants.
Episode: 2522 Farnum Thayer Fish, first airplane combat casualty. Today, first aerial combat casualty.
Episode: 2521 The Stata Center, Caligari's Cabinet, and radical buildings. Today, radical buildings.
Episode: 2519 James Dewar freezes hydrogen solid and invents the thermos bottle. Today, the man who froze hydrogen.
Episode #2518: Annular wings: another idea that seems as though it should work. Will it? Today, a strange airplane wing.
Episode: 2887 Apple's most famous flop: The Newton. Today, before there was "i."
Episode: 3216 World War II, the Los Angeles Art Students League, and Japanese American internment. Today, art and survival.
Episode: 1660 Simplicity, complexity, and Shakespeare (with guest Megan Cole). Today, a treat.
Episode: 2516 The Atapuerca dig and a missing link: Homo Antecessor. Today, the Atapuerca dig.
Episode: 2512 Saluda: The worst steamboat explosion, not much worse than all the rest. the Saluda, the Glenco, Captain Francis Belt, steamboats, riverboats, boiler explosions, safety, accidents, Mormon migration, LDS, …
Episode: 2511 An Early 20th-century crackdown on medical quacks. Today, quack medicine.
Episode: 2886 Not Just Gadgets: The Science of Engineering Systems. Today, beyond gadgets.
Episode: 3287 Darwin Goes to Hollywood - Learning Evolution from Movies. Today, offbeat lessons in evolution.
Episode: 2508 The paradox of asymmetry — in faces, airplanes, and tigers. Today, dare we look upon asymmetry?
Episode: 2509 Human-Powered Machines — bringing the question of human endurance back to technology. Today, human and machine endurance.
Episode: 2506 Spanish Moss — not at all the stuff of antebellum decay. Today, a remarkable stuffing.
Episode: 2504 The most decorated woman in France: Marie Marvingt. Today, a remarkable woman.
Episode: 2883 A dead salmon points the way to better brain imaging. Today, outrageous research.
Episode: 2439 Reflections on Hurricane Ike and the effect of satellite technology on the hurricane experience. Today, picturing monsters.
Episode: 2249 Mrs. Coade's remarkable stones. Today, architectural historian Margaret Culbertson tells about a woman who made artificial stone.
Episode: 2498 The Ju-87 Stuka, another troubling story of military technology. Today, a troubled machine.
Episode: 2496 Trilobites: Wondrous window upon the processes of evolution. Today, the evolution of the trilobite.
Episode: 2494 Inventing the cotton gin: More to it than we thought. Today, we gin cotton.
Episode: 2492 The Schooner Wyoming, world's largest wooden ship — an example of technology over-reaching. Today, the largest wooden ship.
Episode: 2879 The Economics of Empty Shipping Containers. Today, empty boxes.
Episode: 2682 Technical English and the Verbing of Nouns. Today, we verb a little.
Episode: 2534 History and Epidemic Disease. Today, medical historian Helen Valier offers us a new look at history and epidemic disease.
Episode: 2489 Before we invent the aeroplane, let's decide how to power it. Today, we wonder how to power our flying machines.
Episode: 2490 In which footprints, 1.5 and 3.6 million years old, tell their story. Today, we walk in some very old footsteps.
Episode: 2486 Who remembers the once ubiquitous sectional wooden windmill? Today, sectional windmills.
Episode: 2484 Ghosts in Omaha: A six-block-long sculpture. Today, ghosts in Omaha.
Episode: 2878 U-boats in the First World War. Today, full speed ahead.
Episode: 2531 Reading Vienna - A history through architecture. Today, we read Vienna.
Episode: 2613 Can we hear shapes? Today let’s ask: Can we hear shapes?
Episode: 2482 Where does a wise man hide a leaf: Harold Warp's Museum. Today, where would a wise man hide a leaf?
Episode: 2479 Restigouche River: site of the last naval battle in the French and Indian War. Today, the last naval battle of The Seven Years War.
Episode: 2477 The Sand Hill Crane, not just another bird. Today, Sand Hill Cranes.
Episode: 2476 Jesse Ramsden, Instrument maker to King George and to the Enlightenment. Today, Jesse Ramsden.
Episode: 2875 Today, a profession comes of age. Pierre Fauchard, Father of Modern Dentistry.
Episode: 2597 Today, let’s see what mathematics tells us about history. Mathematical models of historical events.
Episode: 2841 Today, we imagine the Big Bangs. Multiple Big Bangs and Multiple Universes; The Fantastical Multi-Reality of Multiverse
Episode: 2474 Antoine de St. Exupéry, André Gide, and a new vocabulary for a new technology. Today, Antoine de St. Exupéry.
Episode: 2471 In which Henry Farman and Glenn Curtiss emerge from the pack of pioneer airmen. Today, aeroplanes in embryo.
Episode: 2470 The design and construction of a spider web. Today, let's weave a spider web.
Episode: 2468 Fort Independence, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Cask of Amontillado. Today, a cask of Amontillado in Boston Harbor.
Episode: 2872 The Stimpmeter: Golf's Supremely Simple Maintenance Tool. Today, low tech in a high-tech game.
Episode: 2579 Music and Mathematics. Today, UH Math Professor Krešo Josić talks about music and mathematics.
Episode: 2505 Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher's Wild America. Today, a legendary road trip.
Episode: 3157 Martin Luther King Jr's. remarkable means. Today, a preacher teaches us about invention.
Episode: 2466 In which renewable energy enters by the back door. Today, a silent arrival.
Episode: 2465 Victor Lougheed's extraordinary 1909 aeroplane book. Today, where were the first aeroplanes going?
Episode: 2462 The Mississippi Delta: Rewriting Geography. Today, geography shifts before our eyes.
Episode: 2870 The Canal du Midi. Today, coast to coast.
Episode: 3112 Donald Barthelme: Creative Editor. Today, a sheriff of an editor.
Episode: 2075 Rudolph Ackerman and his amazing chronicles of 19th-century art and technology. Today, architectural historian Margaret Culbertson …
Episode: 2460 In praise of the City: A fine piece of the natural world. Today, another look at form and function.
Episode: 2459 St. Anthony Falls, beauty lost, beauty found. Today, a lost and found story.
Episode: 2457 Isabella Beeton's remarkable book on "household" management. Today, Beeton's household management.
Episode: 2455 The Fairey Swordfish: An airplane in a timewarp. Today, the bite of a dinosaur.
Episode: 2628 When traveling into space, how do you know you're there? Today, astronaut Michael Barratt asks, where exactly is the border of space?
Episode: 3286 The pause, a simple act of kindness. Today, the pause, a simple act of kindness.
Episode: 2453 Albert Einstein and meandering rivers -- seen from above. Today, we look down on a river.
Episode: 2451 Guillaume Dufay, still clear as day to us, six centuries later. Today, Guillaume Dufay.
Episode: 2566 Taking Champagne to the Masses. Today, we pop the cork.
Episode: 2038 Putting a leap second in an elastic year. Today, we add a second to our lives.
Episode: 2014 Boiling bubbles and fizzing bubbles: So alike, so different! Today, bubbles in soda and bubbles in teakettles.
Episode: 2868 Scholasticism: Reason or Revelation? Today, reason or revelation?
Episode: 2838 The World of Small Dimensions; Nano-Dimensions and Pico-Times. Today, we explore Small.
Episode: 2499 Frederick Law Olmsted and the Texas Germans. Today, Texas auf Deutsch.
Episode: 2449 Francis Hopkinson: My Days Have So Wondrous Free and other accomplishments. Today, America's first song.
Episode: 1563 Looking back at the impact of toys. Today, we play with toys.
Episode: 2039 In which we experience quiet on the Western Front. Today, it's quiet on the Western Front.
Episode: 1760 The Christmas Lectures: Michael Faraday's Gift to children. Today, the Christmas Lectures.
Episode: 1671 Quantum mechanics takes to a place we didn't know was there. Today, we think about multiple Christmases.
Episode: 2669 Plants and greens associated with the Christmas Season. Today, Christmas greenery.
Episode: 3285 Literature's Famous Epiphanies: Real and Fictional. Today, one of literature's famous epiphanies.
Episode: 2446 Gödel, Ginsberg, and the limits of logic. Today, the limits of logic.
Episode: 2445 In which Renaissance engineer Robert Norton thinks about gunnery. Today, the inner life of an early engineer.
Episode: 2443 The Dornier X: another of yesterday's extreme airplanes. Today, Dornier's flying palace.
Episode: 2442 The Mysteries of Nature and Art, John Bate's legacy for Isaac Newton. Today, John Bate's wonderful book.
Episode: 2865 Computer Divide: The Future of Microprocessors. Today, two roads.
Episode: 2822 Herodotus describing historical events of 5th century BC, a fantastical and entertaining component of The Histories. Today, we visit Herodotus.
Episode: 2497 Frederick Law Olmsted on the Texas Frontier. Today, we go from the Texas frontier to Central Park.
Episode: 3284 A place for scary spiders in STEM education. Today, Spiders and STEM education.
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