HUB History :: The Curious Case of Phineas Gage
The fascinating story of the most famous brain injury.
Planet Money :: Rigging the Economy
Liberal-tarians agree! The economy is rigged.
Planet Money :: XXX-XX-XXX
The history of the Social Security number.
Afropop Worldwide :: Roots and Future: A History of UK Dance
Caribbean music traditions and US dance beats come together in the only place they can: the United Kingdom. A history of jungle, garage, drum & bass, and grime. This made very nostalgic for the dance tracks of yore.
Have You Heard? :: Strong: Lessons from the West Virginia Teachers Strike
Reporting from the West Virginia teachers strike, featuring interviews with many, many teachers.
Invisibilia :: The Other Real World
Using a reality talent show to counter Islamist extremism in Somalia.
BackStory :: Wherever Green is Worn: The Irish in America
Archbishop “Dagger” John Hughes, the Molly Maguires, and other Irish Americans of lore.
Re:sound :: Analog
When I was a kid I recorded myself as the DJ of a “tape radio” station called WLTS, so I feel a kinship with Mark Talbot. Also a repeat of the Ways of Seeing story I highlighted last summer.
Two podcasts this week with a shared theme: the people who work to sell you food (that’s largely bad for you).
The first is Planet Money (Episode 700: Peanuts and Cracker Jack) which spent a night at Fenway Park to learn of the economy of concessions vendors at a Red Sox game. There’s a draft for products and sections of the ballpark and then it’s up to each individual to use their skills to sell as much as they can. The mystical Jose wears #1 on his back for his marketing skill. Surprisingly, vendors don’t seem to make much money for their efforts (although I supposed no one would have a job that’s only about 4 hours 81 times per year as their sole source of income).
More sinister is this week’s Decode DC episode (Episode 139: Big Sugar’s Secret Playbook) where tobacco industry marketing and legal tactics are used to get you eating (and paying for) more sugar in your diet.