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How It Began: A History of the Modern World

Brad Harris, Historian of Science & Technology

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How It Began: A History of the Modern World
How It Began: A History of the Modern World

How It Began: A History of the Modern World

Brad Harris, Historian of Science & Technology

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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.

Latest Episodes

Context

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my new podcast: Context. If you’ve enjoyed engaging in history with me so far, I think you’ll continue to find value in the new show. Join me as we explore how other scholars have interpreted the rise of the modern world. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts! For more information, visit the new website, bradharris.com. I'll see you there!

6 MIN2018 JUN 11
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Context

Money: From Barter to Blockchain

Money is a form of trust. And credit, not coins, has been the heart of financial innovation. Communities that have figured this out have sustained the most progress, from the Medician money exchange networks that funded the Renaissance to the cryptography companies that are developing the blockchain-based internet of value today. But, how did money evolve as a system of trust? To support How It Began, https://howitbegan.com/support. For more information, https://howitbegan.com.

52 MIN2018 MAY 15
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Money: From Barter to Blockchain

Measuring Time: The Hidden Mechanism of Modernity

Our submergence in the flow of time makes it difficult to comprehend how fundamental timekeeping technology has been to the evolution of civilization. But, to wind up the mechanism of modernity, our mastery of clockwork was critical. Where did the authority of our clockwork come from? I give you measuring time, and how it began. To support How It Began, https://howitbegan.com/support. For more information, https://howitbegan.com.

70 MIN2018 APR 10
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Measuring Time: The Hidden Mechanism of Modernity

The Enlightenment: From a Medieval to a Modern Mindset

The Enlightenment was an intellectual movement centered in Europe during the 1700s that established our modern convictions concerning the virtues of representative government, religious toleration, and human rights. It inaugurated the idea that humanity could learn how to make the world a better a place, but why is its legacy so misunderstood? To help support How It Began, go tohttps://howitbegan.com/support. For more information on this episode, go tohttps://howitbegan.com.

47 MIN2018 MAR 5
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The Enlightenment: From a Medieval to a Modern Mindset

The Printed Book: Opening the Floodgates of Knowledge

We've all heard about how the printing press revolutionized book production. But, the real revolution was in how printed books, as opposed to handwritten ones, obliterated the intellectual barriers between us, leading to the Scientific Revolution, The Enlightenment, and beyond. To help support How It Began, go tohttps://howitbegan.com/support. For more information on this episode, go tohttps://howitbegan.com.

50 MIN2018 FEB 5
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The Printed Book: Opening the Floodgates of Knowledge

Mastering Metals: From Sticks & Stones to Cars & Computers

The transition from the Stone Age to the age of metals marks the historical arrival of civilization.But, how was it that people first learned to see stone not as a tool in itself but as a reservoir of better tools? And how did we master that material revolution to forge cars & computers from sticks & stones? To help support How It Began, go tohttps://howitbegan.com/support. For more information on this episode, go tohttps://howitbegan.com.

59 MIN2018 JAN 8
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Mastering Metals: From Sticks & Stones to Cars & Computers

Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

Historian Brad Harris reveals the correlations between the spread of coffee and the rise of modern institutions. From science to security, insurance to stock exchanges, and all the way through to democratic liberation, coffee's arrival into Europe in the 1600s helped awaken Western Civilization from centuries of booze-induced slumber, catalyzing a new age of progress featuring revolutionary change on every front. To help support How It Began, go tohttps://howitbegan.com/support.

47 MIN2017 DEC 18
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Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

Refrigeration: From Ice Harvests to Superconductivity

Historian Brad Harris reveals what empowered us to wield cold. While most of the achievements of technology seem based on our conquest of heat, the unsungtechnological hero of modernity is refrigeration. It’s on-demand cold is critical in preserving the unprecedented cornucopia of foods we eat. But refrigeration does so much more... How It Began is supported by CuriosityStream! Check them out at curiositystream.com/howitbegan. For more information on this episode, visit howitbegan.com.

45 MIN2017 NOV 29
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Refrigeration: From Ice Harvests to Superconductivity

What Defines the History of the Modern World?

In this introduction to Season Two, historian Brad Harris challenges the growing cynicism toward the ideas of progress and modernity, recalling what The Enlightenment was all about. Music provided by Zack Hemsey, "Redemption," from the album,The Way, 2011. How It Began is supported by CuriosityStream. Go to curiositystream.com and use the promo code "howitbegan" when you sign up for a membership to get your first month free! For more information on this episode, visit howitbegan.com.

6 MIN2017 NOV 20
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What Defines the History of the Modern World?

The Theory of Evolution: A Triumph of Wonder, From Coal Miners to Darwin

In this Season One finale of How It Began, historian Brad Harris reveals the beautiful history of how life came to know its true origins through humanity's theory of evolution. Witness the courage and the brilliance of investigators, from modest coal miners to scientists like Darwin, as they challenged traditional beliefs in their quest to discover where all of the plants and animals came from. By Brad Harris, Historian of Science & Technology. For more information on this episode, visit howitbegan.com.

45 MIN2017 AUG 4
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The Theory of Evolution: A Triumph of Wonder, From Coal Miners to Darwin

Latest Episodes

Context

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my new podcast: Context. If you’ve enjoyed engaging in history with me so far, I think you’ll continue to find value in the new show. Join me as we explore how other scholars have interpreted the rise of the modern world. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts! For more information, visit the new website, bradharris.com. I'll see you there!

6 MIN2018 JUN 11
Comments
Context

Money: From Barter to Blockchain

Money is a form of trust. And credit, not coins, has been the heart of financial innovation. Communities that have figured this out have sustained the most progress, from the Medician money exchange networks that funded the Renaissance to the cryptography companies that are developing the blockchain-based internet of value today. But, how did money evolve as a system of trust? To support How It Began, https://howitbegan.com/support. For more information, https://howitbegan.com.

52 MIN2018 MAY 15
Comments
Money: From Barter to Blockchain

Measuring Time: The Hidden Mechanism of Modernity

Our submergence in the flow of time makes it difficult to comprehend how fundamental timekeeping technology has been to the evolution of civilization. But, to wind up the mechanism of modernity, our mastery of clockwork was critical. Where did the authority of our clockwork come from? I give you measuring time, and how it began. To support How It Began, https://howitbegan.com/support. For more information, https://howitbegan.com.

70 MIN2018 APR 10
Comments
Measuring Time: The Hidden Mechanism of Modernity

The Enlightenment: From a Medieval to a Modern Mindset

The Enlightenment was an intellectual movement centered in Europe during the 1700s that established our modern convictions concerning the virtues of representative government, religious toleration, and human rights. It inaugurated the idea that humanity could learn how to make the world a better a place, but why is its legacy so misunderstood? To help support How It Began, go tohttps://howitbegan.com/support. For more information on this episode, go tohttps://howitbegan.com.

47 MIN2018 MAR 5
Comments
The Enlightenment: From a Medieval to a Modern Mindset

The Printed Book: Opening the Floodgates of Knowledge

We've all heard about how the printing press revolutionized book production. But, the real revolution was in how printed books, as opposed to handwritten ones, obliterated the intellectual barriers between us, leading to the Scientific Revolution, The Enlightenment, and beyond. To help support How It Began, go tohttps://howitbegan.com/support. For more information on this episode, go tohttps://howitbegan.com.

50 MIN2018 FEB 5
Comments
The Printed Book: Opening the Floodgates of Knowledge

Mastering Metals: From Sticks & Stones to Cars & Computers

The transition from the Stone Age to the age of metals marks the historical arrival of civilization.But, how was it that people first learned to see stone not as a tool in itself but as a reservoir of better tools? And how did we master that material revolution to forge cars & computers from sticks & stones? To help support How It Began, go tohttps://howitbegan.com/support. For more information on this episode, go tohttps://howitbegan.com.

59 MIN2018 JAN 8
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Mastering Metals: From Sticks & Stones to Cars & Computers

Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

Historian Brad Harris reveals the correlations between the spread of coffee and the rise of modern institutions. From science to security, insurance to stock exchanges, and all the way through to democratic liberation, coffee's arrival into Europe in the 1600s helped awaken Western Civilization from centuries of booze-induced slumber, catalyzing a new age of progress featuring revolutionary change on every front. To help support How It Began, go tohttps://howitbegan.com/support.

47 MIN2017 DEC 18
Comments
Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

Refrigeration: From Ice Harvests to Superconductivity

Historian Brad Harris reveals what empowered us to wield cold. While most of the achievements of technology seem based on our conquest of heat, the unsungtechnological hero of modernity is refrigeration. It’s on-demand cold is critical in preserving the unprecedented cornucopia of foods we eat. But refrigeration does so much more... How It Began is supported by CuriosityStream! Check them out at curiositystream.com/howitbegan. For more information on this episode, visit howitbegan.com.

45 MIN2017 NOV 29
Comments
Refrigeration: From Ice Harvests to Superconductivity

What Defines the History of the Modern World?

In this introduction to Season Two, historian Brad Harris challenges the growing cynicism toward the ideas of progress and modernity, recalling what The Enlightenment was all about. Music provided by Zack Hemsey, "Redemption," from the album,The Way, 2011. How It Began is supported by CuriosityStream. Go to curiositystream.com and use the promo code "howitbegan" when you sign up for a membership to get your first month free! For more information on this episode, visit howitbegan.com.

6 MIN2017 NOV 20
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What Defines the History of the Modern World?

The Theory of Evolution: A Triumph of Wonder, From Coal Miners to Darwin

In this Season One finale of How It Began, historian Brad Harris reveals the beautiful history of how life came to know its true origins through humanity's theory of evolution. Witness the courage and the brilliance of investigators, from modest coal miners to scientists like Darwin, as they challenged traditional beliefs in their quest to discover where all of the plants and animals came from. By Brad Harris, Historian of Science & Technology. For more information on this episode, visit howitbegan.com.

45 MIN2017 AUG 4
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The Theory of Evolution: A Triumph of Wonder, From Coal Miners to Darwin

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