The First: Stories of Inventions and their Consequences

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From the automobile to the rocket ship, from chewing gum to the TV dinner, from the first face in a photograph to the first voice on the telephone, the world has been forever changed by impossible technologies and startling ideas. But these inventions do not always make the world a better place. These are the stories of The First, a podcast exploring the history of human innovation, focusing less on iconic inventors and more on the forgotten geniuses and everyday people that were responsible for bringing us the tools of the modern world. Brought to you by Greg Young of the Bowery Boys podcast.

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Apartment living is something we take for granted today, the option for those who can't afford or don't desire a private home. But how did this type of living situation become popular in the United States? In mid-19th century New York, people lived…
In 1900, there were about 8,000 registered automobiles in the United States. They were a genuine novelty. Those that attempted to go on 'road trips' met with a frustrating reality -- there were no drivable roads, no unified road maps, no nation-wid…
That string of multi-colored Christmas lights wrapped around your tree (or your house) is far more influential to American history than you might think.  The first electric Christmas lights debuted in 1882, shortly after the invention of the incand…

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Podcast Details
Started
Oct 11th, 2016
Latest Episode
Jan 3rd, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
25
Avg. Episode Length
29 minutes

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