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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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Episodes

Podcast Special: Dave’s AMA

5/21/2019
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In this special bonus episode, your host, Dave, answers all the questions submitted by supporters of the recent Kickstarter campaign – including questions about factory labor, environmentalism, patents, the universal basic income, the role of mothers, personal questions, and more.

Duration:00:52:19

Chapter 15: We Got Chemistry

5/17/2019
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The Industrial Revolutions were made possible thanks to the Scientific Revolution, which began centuries earlier as militaries needed to invest in new ways to gain an edge in battle. With it came the Scientific Method and advancements in chemistry. Starting in the mid-18th Century, a few individuals took those chemistry lessons out of the laboratory and applied them to industry. These are their stories. In this episode, we’ll cover: John Roebuck and his works mass-producing sulfuric acid;...

Duration:00:32:57

Chapter 14: The Machine Makers

5/10/2019
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To support the National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI.org When Joseph Bramah hired Henry Maudslay to help him make locks, little did he know his assistant would go on to change the world. Maudslay hired and trained a new generation of engineers who gave us everything from standardized tools to the powerful industrial machines of the future. To get your favorite team's apparel: IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/fanatics

Duration:00:28:01

Chapter 13: The Factory System

5/3/2019
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To support the Independent Labrador Retriever Rescue of Southern California (or to adopt a dog if you live there): http://www.indilabrescue.org - To get your favorite team’s apparel AND support the podcast, use this link: https://industrialrevolutionspod.com/fanatics - The principles of mass production at large worksites – through a combination of technological innovations and improved methods of organizing labor – was applied to a variety of industries in the late 18th and early 19th...

Duration:00:44:03

Chapter 12: The Steamboat

4/26/2019
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Creating the world’s first vessels of powered transportation was no joke. Several competitive inventors put everything on the line to be the first to build profitable steamboats. For most of them, the pursuit ended in failure. It was the most unlikely one – an American painter – who got the job done, and in the process, changed the course of world history. In this episode we’ll cover Denis Papin’s destroyed steamboat, the Marque de Jouffroy d'Abbans and his Pyroscaphe, William Symington and...

Duration:00:35:13

Chapter 11: Canal-Mania

4/12/2019
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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 who modernized river navigation in Lancashire; The Duke of Bridgewater, who built Britain’s first modern canal; James Brindley, who engineered the Bridgewater Canal...

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. Start your business with IncFile at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/incfile Get your favorite team's apparel at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/fanatics

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. Start your business with IncFile at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/incfile Get your favorite team's apparel at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/fanatics

Duration:00:33:24

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

3/29/2019
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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 the works of Plato and Aristotle, the Scholastics, the Mercantilists, Quesnay and the Physiocrats, Galiani, Beccaria, Verri, and of course, Thomas Robert...

Duration:00:30:11

Chapter 8: Mill Towns Become Mill Cities

3/22/2019
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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 that many new metropolises were seemingly created from thin air. Some old cities did become big cities and some old big cities did become...

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. Start your business with IncFile at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/incfile Get your favorite team's apparel at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/fanatics

Duration:00:35:12

Chapter 6: Agriculture, Metal, and Mining

3/8/2019
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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; Turnip Townshend’s crop rotations; The resistance of agricultural laborers; Abraham Darby’s coke smelting process; Henry Cort’s puddling process;...

Duration:00:34:03

Chapter 5 Bonus: Kate Koconis

3/1/2019
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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 industrial revolutions. See her work: https://www.littleblacksheepstudio.com Start your business with IncFile at...

Duration:00:15:18

Chapter 5: The Textile Industry

2/22/2019
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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 episode, we’ll cover: The growth of the global cotton trade in the 17th and 18th centuries; The flying shuttle; The spinning jenny; The...

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! Start your business with IncFile at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/incfile Get your favorite team's apparel at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/fanatics

Duration:00:09:48

Chapter 4: Creating Utopia

2/15/2019
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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. Start your business with IncFile at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/incfile Get your favorite team's apparel at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/fanatics

Duration:00:28:00

Chapter 3: The Rise of the Global Empires

2/8/2019
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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 industrialization. In this episode, we’ll explore: Start your business with IncFile at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/incfile Get your favorite team's apparel at...

Duration:00:32:46

Chapter 2 Bonus: Why Not China?

2/5/2019
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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? Start your business with IncFile at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/incfile Get your favorite team's apparel at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/fanatics

Duration:00:18:40

Chapter 2: Europe in the Middle Ages

1/31/2019
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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 world order. Topics include: Start your business with IncFile at IndustrialRevolutionsPod.com/incfile Get your favorite team's apparel at...

Duration:00:24:11