Patented: History of Inventions
The Ouija Board was patented in 1890. But in did not appear out of thin air. It was only one in a long, long line of devices attempting to pierce the veil between this world and the next.
Come with us, if you dare, on a journey through the Spiritualism that rocked America in the 19th century and the wild world of inventions the movement spawned.
Dallas’s guest today is the wonderful Brandon Hodge, expert on all things talking board. Find out more at Brandon’s website: http://www.mysteriousplanchette.com/
Edited by Stuart Beckwith, Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
Sunday, June 4, 2023
Vulture. Snake. Baboon in a Basket. Get ready for hieroglyphs, history, and hilarity as Dallas talks to Egyptologist Chris Naunton.We discover the mysteries of the Narmer Palette and the birth of hieroglyphs, crack the code with the Rosetta Stone and ponder where Emojis fit into the story.Edited by Tom Delargy, Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte LongYou can take part in our listener survey here.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Stone Tools: The First Ever Invention
Stone Tools are technology 1.0. They’re where it all begins. For millions of years, Stone Tools were our primary piece of technology. At some point we became dependent on them for survival. They became a defining part of what it meant to be human.Dallas's guest today is John Shea, an anthropologist whose latest book is The Unstoppable Human Species: The Emergence of Homo sapiens in Prehistory.Edited by Tom Delargy, Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Colours: from Cave Paint to Nanotube Black
There's a theory that the invention of paint had something to do with the dawn of humanity. We are on a never-ending quest to create brighter, better colours. From grinding rocks, to crushing bugs, concocting chemicals and now manipulating nanotubes - a mind-boggling array of beautiful pigments and dyes litter our history.Today's guest is Kassia St Clair, author of international bestseller The Secret Lives of Colours.Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Inventing Disneyland: The First Themepark
Giant mouse ears at the ready, we're off to Disneyland! Hop on board and travel with us inside Walt Disney's mind (for better or for worse). We discover how he came up with the idea, what it all means, and how his dream of a Utopian city led indirectly to the Magic Kingdom.Dallas's guest today is Sabrina Mittermeier, author of 'A Cultural History of Disneyland Theme Parks: Middle Class Kingdoms'.Edited by Tom Delargy, Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Rise and Fall of Encyclopedias
The 15th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1974, cost $32 million to create. The largest investment in publishing history. And yet you can now buy the complete set for pennies.Who invented encyclopedias? Who wrote for them? And why did Samuel Taylor Coleridge get so upset about them?Dallas is joined by Simon Garfield, author of All the Knowledge in the World: The Extraordinary History of the Encyclopaedia.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Inventing Bond: Wiretapping
We live in a world where everything is bugged. We all know we are being monitored. The surprising thing is that this is nothing new.From tapped telegraph wires to bugged Martini olives, Dallas is finding out about the history of Wiretapping with Brian Hochman, author of The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States.Before that though Dallas chats to comedian, writer and masterful impersonator Anil Desai. Can Dallas finally learn how to do a Sean Connery impression?
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Chicken Nuggets: A Bitesized History
The most famous chicken nugget of them all, the McDonald’s McNugget, turns 40 this year. So we’re asking, who invented the Chicken Nugget? Enter food-scientist Robert Baker who came up with them twenty years before the McNugget was even a glimmer in Ronald McDonald's eye. Baker was a poultry alchemist who could turn a chicken into anything he wanted. And he did it all to try to save the chicken farmers he loved so much.Editing and sound design by Stuart Beckwith, Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Inventing Bond: Cocktails
It's Cocktail Hour! In honour of James Bond we ask who invented cocktails? Have they always been a cool thing to drink? And where do horses bottoms fit into things?Dallas' guest today is the pre-eminent historian (and maker) of cocktails David Wondrich, author of 'Imbibe! From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash'.
Sunday, May 7, 2023
In this story, the cart really does come before the horse. Horse transport doesn't begin with people riding around on horses' backs. It starts with the invention of the Chariot.Dallas's guest to explain the origins of horse transport and how it changed the world is William T. Taylor, anthropologist at the University of Boulder and expert on all things ancient horse related.Saddle up partners, it's time to gallop back into the mists of time for another exciting story of invention!Edited and produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.