The Hidden History of Business Podcast
By Hutchison Solutions
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Ancient Solutions. Modern Consequences. Join three business geeks and history junkies as they explore the twisty and unexpected history of business. From midwives in Colonial America to percussion manufacturers in modern Japan, from KFC to African empires, and from the Epic of Gilgamesh to modern irrigation systems in Peru — we’ll explore together how ancient solutions have modern consequences for anyone willing to see them. Join your hosts: Dr. Frank E. Hutchison, CQM/OE; Meredith Hutchison Hartley, CQIA,; and Emily H. Geddes, MBA. Be sure to check out the website www.hiddenhistoryofbusiness.com for links, additional content, and multimedia resources.
||CleanThe Hidden History of Candy Canes (02×03)||What do Protestant choirmasters, Renaissance pacifiers, mass retailers, and a 700 lb chocolate sculpture of Neil Armstrong have in common? They're all connected to the history of our favorite Christmas treat. Join Emily, Meredith,||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Baron of Arizona, James Reavis – Part I (02×02)||Meet James Reavis, the greatest con man you've never heard of. Called the Baron of Arizona, Reavis defrauded thousands of people -- scamming them out of more than $150 million in today’s dollars. Using his forgery skills and a love of Spanish roman||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02X01 Mythbusting Black Friday||Everything you know about Black Friday is wrong (except the mob-driven violence and greed. You're definitely right about that). It has nothing to do with slave markets or retailers' profits moving into the black.||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMINICAST: Distilling Whiskey – Mer Answers Your Questions||Shouldn't you always strain your mash before distilling it? What is "on the grain" distilling? Meredith breaks down answers to listener questions in this quick minicast. - Our last episode (Ep 48: Whiskey, Women,||5/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 48: Whiskey, Women, and Walgreens||Forget everything you know about whiskey, Prohibition, and the modern liquor industry. The real story is wild ride full of little known tales, plot twists, and unexpected connections that shaped the drink we call aqua vitae - the water of life. -||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 47 – The Gold Standard in 7 Minutes (MINICAST)||Frank breaks down the history, controversies, and basics of the Gold Standard in just 7 minutes. - Additional Links and Resources: - - Wikipedia is actually a great source to get the basics on the gold standard. No, REALLY. I know, I know.||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 46: Mansa Musa- The Richest Person Ever You’ve Never Heard Of||What do large scale sea travel, the Hajj, Parson Weems's biography of George Washington, and Welsh naming customs have to do with the richest man in history? EVERYTHING, folks! They all help tell the story of how Mansa Musa became Emperor of Mali,||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 45: The Whiskey Rebellion||This is the story of why tarring and feathering government employees is not a legitimate form of democratic expression. Also, booze. (Happy Tax Day! We're getting this up one day late - because, like many of you, we were still working on our taxes,||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 44b: 11 Leadership Lessons from Godzilla||A few years ago, inspired by the films he watched during his naval training, Frank wrote this funny little blog post about Godzilla and leadership. Years later, it's still our most popular post - and it's even been used in a few MBA course syllabi.||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 44a: Godzilla’s Hidden History||Godzilla is - and always has been -- more than a monster movie. April 27th will be the 60th anniversary of Godzilla's release in the U.S. Join us as we geek out about our favorite guardian monster, and explore: -||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 43: Nana Asma’u: Educational Innovator Extraordinaire||Nana Asma'u is the smartest and most influential women you've probably never heard of. She was a teacher, princess, scholar, social reformer, teen mother -- and the original glass ceiling smasher. Oh, and in her spare time she just happened to revoluti.||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 41: The Crimean War in 7 Minutes (MINICAST)||Frank explains the Crimean War in 7 minutes. This is a clip from when we recorded Episode 40 on Mary Seacole that we had to edit down for the episode -- but it was such a great explanation that we didn't want you to miss it!||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 40: Mary Seacole: Nurse, Doctress & Social Entrepreneur||There's a reason Mary Seacole was voted the greatest black Briton in history. Long before Silicon Valley coined the term "social entrepreneurship," she was using her business savvy to address society's urgent medical needs and subsidize medical treatm||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 42: Irish Beer, Alewives, and Witches||Happy St. Patty's Day! What do St. Patrick and Irish beer have to do with the Wicked Witch of The West? EVERYTHING! And we really mean EVERYTHING! Learn how competition between local Irish brewer created the modern witch caricature,||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 39: Mary Anning (Sells Seashells By the Seashore)||Mary Anning had the deck stacked against her from the beginning - not only was her family poor and part of a religious minority, she was a woman in Regency England interested in science (gasp!). Yet she was defining the fields of biology, zoology,||3/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 38: Women in the Workforce||Ever heard people say that "women entered the workforce during World War II?" Meredith, Emily, & Frank address why that belief is incomplete and inaccurate -- and how that myth was manufactured by media and propaganda in the 1900s.||3/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: Leap Year & Government Bureaucracy (A Love Story)||Pirate operettas, misogynistic courtship rituals of uncertain origin, and varying levels of government incompetence? It can only mean one things, folks: We're talking about Leap Year! Join us as we explore what the Pope has to do with standardized cale.||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: Southern Food, Aunt Jemima, & Innovation||Join Emily, Meredith, & Frank as they explore the real story of southern food. They discuss: how a recent episode of the PBS series Mercy Street both illuminated and perpetuated the idea that white supervisors could claim credit for their slaves' i...||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Commercializing History (The Murky Story of Nushu & Chinese Tourism)||Join Meredith and Emily as they explore the history of Nushu - a secret language used by Chinese women in Hunan province for centuries. They discuss how Nushu arose out of contract marriages, why the Chinese government can't decide if it's a dying lan||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre & Organized Crime||Join Meredith and Frank as they discuss the darker side of business. They'll explore what organized crime is (and isn't!), the real meaning of "mafia," and how both Al Capone and the FBI used image and media to manipulate public opinion.||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: The Tipsy History of Honeymoons||Join Emily and Frank as they explore the link between honeymoons and mead, an alcoholic beverage made from - you guessed it - honey! Kidnapping, Valhalla, monastery profit margins, the Victorian period, and Niagara Falls all factor into the story.||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Ben Franklin & Corporate Espionage||Join Emily, Frank, and Meredith as they explore the sneaky secret Ben Franklin, the Oracle at Delphi, and Hollywood share: they all manipulated the public through corporate espionage, strategically leaked stories, and misinformation.||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Life, Death, & Butter||Join Meredith, Emily, and Frank as they explore the history of butter. Like beer, butter's history tells the story of adaptation, survival, surplus, and innovation. Learn: Why the medieval rich ate cheese and the poor ate butter - and how the Pope ...||2/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Spam, Hawaii, & Japanese Internment||Join Emily, Frank, and Meredith as they explore the hidden history of Spam -- including how Japanese internment and martial law made Spam popular in Hawaii. They also discuss why Safeway sued the Hawaiian government in federal court over milk,||1/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 29 Minicast: Beer in Israel & Egypt, Pasta Sauce, & Rotten Fish||In this minicast, Emily and Frank discuss the twisty connections between how wine and beer were shared between Ancient Egypt and Israel, why Prego sells so many different varieties, and apocryphal stories about the gauchos in Argentina.||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 28 Minicast: Pasifika, Beer, & Bias||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank for this minicast as they discuss fermented beverages in the South Pacific and Pacific Islander cultures, and why Google isn't a substitute for real research. - - Links and Additional Resources: -||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 27 Minicast: Hitchhiking, Uber, & AirBnB (Disruption III)||Join Meredith, Emily, and Frank as they discuss why Uber and Airbnb aren't as revolutionary as they seem, the real history of the sharing economy, and what tech mags really mean when they call a company "disruptive." -||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Mail Order, Catalogs, & Warby Parker (Disruption, Part II)||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss whether companies like Warby Parker and Birchbox really qualify as disruptive innovators, the history of the catalog, how Sears Roebuck & Co outsmarted Montgomery Ward,||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Disruption – You’re Doing It Wrong||Join Emily, Meredith, & Frank as they discuss disruptive technology - from germ theory to refrigeration, and clocks to computers. We'll go beyond the buzzwords to explore what the modern tech industry gets wrong about innovation,||1/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Time Within Itself – Interview with Dr. Michael Waldrop||Join Meredith as she interviews Dr. Michael Waldrop, Director of Percussion Studies at Eastern Washington University. They explore the history of cymbals and percussion from the late 1800s to the present -- including myths about how jazz was born,||1/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Bounty Hunters, The Pentagon, & Zildjian Cymbals||Join Emily, Meredith, & Frank as they explore how companies and industries adapt and pivot to survive changing times -- including the bail industry and bounty hunters (and other disappearing industries), how the Pentagon was the largest filing cabinet .||1/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: What People in 1900 Thought 2000 Would Look Like||Join Frank, Meredith, and Emily as they discuss what artists in the early 1900s thought 2000 would look like, why NASA engineers started hanging out in comic book stores, and why naval commanders originally considered submarine warfare "ungentlemanly.||12/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Ridiculous Regulations & Craft Beer – Interview with Marcus Gall||Join Meredith as she interviews Seattle-based beer enthusiast, history geek, and homebrewing expert Marcus Gall. They explore how historical taxation created our modern beers, Prohibition's effect on U.S. beer culture, high-profile brewery mergers,||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Beer and Industrialization||Join Meredith, Emily, and Frank as they discuss corporate espionage in the 19th brewing, the glass drinkware revolution, how Guinness used a pickaxe to protect his beer empire, and some of the largest industrial accidents of the Victorian era.||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Beer & Shakespeare||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss preservatives and Elizabethan beer regulations, including how beer helped build the Shakespeare family's fortunes. - Links and Additional Content: - Why Shakespeare liked ale but didn’t like beer via Zy||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Twisted History of Potatoes||Join Meredith as she discusses how the potato has built and brought down economies - from the King of France using potato flowers to mitigate flatulence, to the Potato Famine, to that one time the U.S. almost went to war over guano. -||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Beer in India||Join Meredith and Frank as they discuss the social and economic role of beer in ancient India. - Links and Additional Content: - Surabhanam – The oldest Indian beer via Beer in India - The India Pale Ale Story via Beer in India (heads up - in anothe.||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Beer & Alcohol in China||Join Meredith as she discusses the twisted history of alcohol in Ancient China, from wild excess to strict prohibition. - - Links and Additional Content: - World's Earliest Tipple Discovered in China - 3,||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Women Business Owners in Pompeii||Join Meredith and Frank as they discuss how women in ancient Pompeii built their own business empires, despite cultural and legal biases against them. - Links and Additional Content: - Explore Pompeii using the Google Cultural Institute site.||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Holy Relics||Join Emily and Meredith as they discuss the business side of relics, religion, and religious tourism in Medieval Europe. - Links and Additional Content: - A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael Chronicles) by Ellis Peters - ISBN-10: 0446400157||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Beer in the Americas||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss how chicha and other fermented beverages evolved in the Americas. - Links and Additional Content: - How to Make Chicha via Draft Magazine - Chicha - An Ancestral Beverage to Feed Body and Soul by Mary-...||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Vikings – International Business Tycoons||Join Meredith as she discusses misperceptions about Viking society, their technology and cities, and how Viking merchants managed their international client bases. - - Links and Additional Content: - - Vikings were Global Investors,||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Ancient Irrigation in Lima, Peru||Join Meredith as she discusses water -- including water restrictions in the California drought, the cost of desalination, and how Lima, Peru is combating its modern drought with ancient pre-Inca irrigation systems called amunas from the Wari civilizat||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Fermentation||Join Emily and Frank as they discuss the basics of fermentation and the role it's played -- both historically, and in our kitchens today. - Links and Additional Content: - 'Fermentation' - When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good via NPR.||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9b: Beer in Mesopotamia||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss the role of beer in ancient Mesopotamia, including its origins as a woman-dominated industry, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Code of Hammurabi. - Links and Additional Content: -||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9a: Intro to Beer||Join Meredith, Emily, and Frank as they discuss why beer is the foundation of civilization, specialization, accounting, and business. - Links and Additional Content:||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Hospitality III – St. Peter’s Stiftskeller continued||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they continue discussing St. Peter's Stiftskeller - the oldest restaurant in the world - and what has kept it open for more than 1,200 years. -||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Hospitality Part II – The History of Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan||Join Meredith, Frank, and Emily and they discuss celebrity, longevity, and the history of the oldest inn in the world -- Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan -- which they began discussing in Episode 6. - - Links and Additional Resources: -||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The Oldest Hospitality Businesses in the World||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss hospitality - one of the oldest industries in the world - and two of the oldest restaurants in the world: St Peter's Stiftskeller in Salzburg, and Nishiyama Onsen Kejunkan in Hayakawa,||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Oldest Companies in the World||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss why most lists of oldest companies in the world are incomplete and biased, Stella Artois, logos, Inca technology, and the salt trade on the African continent. - - Links and Additional Content: -||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Columbus, Turkey, & Christmas KFC||Join Meredith and Emily as they discuss branding and exoticism in the food marketing -- with topics ranging from Christopher Columbus to Hawaiian pizza, including the spice trade and the popularity of KFC in China and Japan. -||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Biases & History II||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss nixtamilization of corn, the Kentucky long rifle, the Inca Road system, the ancient North American city of Cahokia near modern St. Louis, and how biases in favor of modern technology can actually reverse .||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Biases and History I||Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they talk about spotting our own biases, the hidden history of women business owners, and more. - - Links and Additional Content: - Biography of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich by the American Historical Association ...||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Hidden in Plain Sight||- Join Emily, Meredith, and Frank as they discuss the USS Plunger submarine, the Venetian Arsenal, logos, sandal labels in Ancient Egypt, and why learning the hidden history of business can help businesses today. - - - -||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
They had me at "beer"
What an interesting collection of really smart people who not only know business, but also history! The subject that could be reeeeeaaally dry, but they add the personality and knowlege to make it as cool and refreshing as a cold one on a hot day. I came for the beer histories, I stayed for the rest. If I had to be hyper critical, I would suggest a wee tweek to the audio, but it's three people talking (who get along well enough to work together and, oh yeah, they are related! Imagine!) and I'm not an audio snob so it doesn't bother me.
Fun podcast about Business?
Can you believe it? Someone has made a business podcast interesting and enjoyable. Emily, Meredith, and Frank know their stuff and keep a great pace. The topics are varied and explained in detail. Great stuff.
What an awesome podcast. Super smart and well-done. No frills just fascinating topics, comfortable family dynamic and solid historical interpretations. One of my favorites!
My favorite thing is that they pick some topics I've never heard of before but that directly relate to my area of study (I'm a professional historian). Even with the more semi-obscure topics, they have plenty to say that makes it relevant to any history lover.