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The story of how a primate species created a world full of skyscrapers, airplanes, nuclear weapons, and vaccines. From the mass production of cotton weaving in the first industrial revolution of the 18th Century, to the digital revolution of today, this podcast will explore the ways our world has rapidly changed.

The story of how a primate species created a world full of skyscrapers, airplanes, nuclear weapons, and vaccines. From the mass production of cotton weaving in the first industrial revolution of the 18th Century, to the digital revolution of today, this podcast will explore the ways our world has rapidly changed.
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The story of how a primate species created a world full of skyscrapers, airplanes, nuclear weapons, and vaccines. From the mass production of cotton weaving in the first industrial revolution of the 18th Century, to the digital revolution of today, this podcast will explore the ways our world has rapidly changed.

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Chapter 11: Canal-Mania

4/12/2019
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Please consider a contribution to the Kickstarter campaign for this podcast: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast From the 1760s to the 1830s, Great Britain went crazy for canals. America did too. These waterways helped speed up trade and fuel industrialization in the age before trains and highways. In the process, they created all kinds of new jobs and opportunities. Characters covered in this chapter include: Thomas Steers, the engineer...

Duration:00:32:40

Sarah Asks: "What Themes Should We Look Out For?"

4/9/2019
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Dave and Sarah discuss how, in this podcast, we'll hear the ways technological changes drive changes in work, politics, and society generally. Help keep the podcast going with a contribution to the Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast

Duration:00:11:10

Chapter 10: Economic Ideas (Part 2: Adam Smith)

4/5/2019
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This week we discuss the life and times of the Father of Economics, including his native Scotland, his early years and education, his intellectual influences, his career, and his magnum opus: The Wealth of Nations. Click here to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign by April 30, 2019: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast

Duration:00:33:24

Chapter 9: Economic Ideas (Part 1: The Oldies)

3/29/2019
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Support The Industrial Revolutions by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast At the dawn of the First Industrial Revolution, a new academic field emerged: Economics. (Well, something called “Political Economy” anyway.) But centuries of economic thought had to be supplanted first. In this Chapter, we review some of the ideas that permeated Europe leading up to the Industrial Revolutions. We’ll discuss...

Duration:00:30:11

Chapter 8: Mill Towns Become Mill Cities

3/22/2019
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Click here to donate to the Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast Nearly half the world’s population today lives in an urban area. Before the first Industrial Revolution, only about 3% did. Industrialization created urbanization. Not only did it create incentives for people to pack themselves into dense cities, it also created the means to overcome the challenges of density. What’s most amazing about this process is...

Duration:00:22:12

Announcement!

3/19/2019
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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast I've launched a Kickstarter campaign to advertise the podcast, bringing in new listeners to help make the podcast sustainable. To keep the podcast going and to get the perks of an Industrial Revolutionary, click the link above (or below) to make a donation today. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast

Duration:00:04:32

Chapter 7: The Steam Engine

3/15/2019
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The steam engine was the product of centuries of experimentation, economic necessities, strong business acumen, and colorful personalities. This is how it happened. Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast

Duration:00:35:12

Chapter 6: Agriculture, Metal, and Mining

3/8/2019
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Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast During the 18th Century, the British came up with many innovations that allowed them to get more out of the land. Not only did the increased production of food, iron, and coal make the first industrial revolution possible, but many innovations had indirect applications for new technologies. In this episode, we’ll cover: Jethro Tull’s seed drill;...

Duration:00:34:03

Chapter 5 Bonus: Kate Koconis

3/1/2019
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Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast Last week, we learned all about traditional textile manufacturing and how it was industrialized in the mid-1700s. In this episode, we meet Dave’s old friend, Kate, a textile weaver. She walks us through her work using traditional methods to create untraditional products. We’ll also hear how pre-industrial crafts fit in this current stage of the...

Duration:00:15:18

Chapter 5: The Textile Industry

2/22/2019
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Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast We’ll never know the names of the first farmers of the Neolithic Revolution, but we do know the names of the inventors who kick-started the Industrial Revolutions. Their simple innovations gave us a new world of nearly constant, explosive economic growth and a total restructuring of society everywhere and forever. This is how it happened. In this...

Duration:00:30:52

Sarah Asks: "Why Revolutions Plural?"

2/19/2019
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Dave's wife makes her first appearance to ask some questions! Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast

Duration:00:09:48

Chapter 4: Creating Utopia

2/15/2019
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Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast Are we living in Thomas More’s Utopia? In this chapter, we’ll explore his book and his life to chart the path toward the industrialized world we inhabit today, including: The rise of cottage industry; Mechanical innovations; Increasing specialization; The war industry’s impact on mass production; The impact of the Protestant Reformation.

Duration:00:28:00

Chapter 3: The Rise of the Global Empires

2/8/2019
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Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast Beginning in the 1300s, a rivalry between two kingdoms on the Iberian Peninsula led to a whole lot of exploring, trading, and conquering. Before long, other European powers were getting in on the action. Not only did it transfer the gravity of the world’s political and economic power toward Europe, it set Europe on a path toward...

Duration:00:32:46

Chapter 2 Bonus: Why Not China?

2/5/2019
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Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast In the first bonus episode of the podcast, I want to quickly give you an overview of scientific and technological history in China, and explore the so-called “Needham Question.” Why wasn’t it China that conquered the world and started the Industrial Revolutions?

Duration:00:18:40

Chapter 2: Europe in the Middle Ages

1/31/2019
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Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast Europe was (rightly or wrongly) considered the backwater of the civilized world for most of history. So how is it the Europeans built global empires and changed the world with industrialization? In this 25-minute episode, I’m going to run through the developments of the Middle Ages and the circumstances of life in Europe that gradually led to a new...

Duration:00:24:11

Chapter 1: Genesis

1/31/2019
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Support the podcast with a contribution on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davebroker/the-industrial-revolutions-the-podcast In this episode, we cover the origins of human society, which remained relatively unchanged until the Industrial Revolutions:

Duration:00:29:52

Introduction

1/7/2019
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When the founding fathers wrote the U.S. Constitution in the 1780s, life on planet earth had changed very slowly over the previous 10,000 years. Life in 1780 wasn’t all that different from life in 1500. Life in 1500 wasn’t all that different from life in 1250. Life in 1250 wasn’t all that different from life in 1000. And so on, and so on. But then the human experience changed completely: Where we live, how long we live, when we work, when we sleep, how we go about our lives. It’s time we...

Duration:00:03:45