50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
By BBC World Service
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Inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world we live in. Presented by Tim Harford.
||CleanDisposable Razor||King Camp Gillette created the disposable razor. But his influence extends beyond shaving||24 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClock||The clock was invented in 1656 and has become an essential part of the modern economy.||17 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoogle||The words 'clever' and 'death' crop up less often than 'Google' in conversation||10 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInsurance||Insurance is as old as gambling, but it’s fundamental to the way the modern economy works||3 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaper||The Gutenberg press changed the world – but it could not have done so without paper||27 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAntibiotics||The tale of antibiotics is a cautionary one, and economic incentives are often to blame||20 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBilly Bookcase||Low cost, functional and brilliantly efficient, one is produced every three seconds||13 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Compiler||Installing Windows might take 5,000 years without it||6 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanM-Pesa||Transferring money by text message is far safer and more convenient than cash||30 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lightbulb||Once too precious to use, light is now too cheap to notice||23 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Bank||Warrior monks, crusaders and the mysterious origins of modern banking||16 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Barcode||How vast mega-stores emerged with the help of a design originally drawn in the sand||9 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe iPhone||How Uncle Sam played an essential role in the creation and development of the iPhone.||2 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConcrete||It's improved health, school attendance, agricultural productivity and farm worker wages||25 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Shipping Container||The boom in global trade was caused by a simple steel box||18 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Haber-Bosch Process||Saving lives with thin air - by taking nitrogen from the air to make fertiliser||11 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Diesel Engine||Rudolf Diesel died in strange circumstances after changing the world with his engine||4 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
9 minute stories about the world around us
I love these little stories about every day things that we encounter all the time. I have so far enjoyed learning about the Diesel engine, the shipping container and the iPhone. Great stuff.
I love these, bite size chunks of some of the most important advances and inventions that have shaped our world.
Really interesting short podcasts on modern day developments and inventions