Tesla: The Life and Times Podcast
By Stephen Kotowych
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A look at the man behind the myth. The fascinating real life, inventions, and legacy of Nikola Tesla, told in a twice-monthly podcast.
||Clean019 - Tesla - Order of the Flaming Sword (1891-1892)||When his colleagues in the AC field start turning on him, Tesla uses an invitation to lecture in London to reassert his place as the inventor of the AC motor and to dazzle Victorian London with all-new discoveries.||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018 - Tesla - The Greatest Show On Earth (1891)||Tesla the Showman knocks 'em dead at the AIEE with a lecture for the ages and a breathtaking demonstration of high frequency AC. It was his ticket to fame and celebrity.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017 - Tesla - The Biggest Mistake Nikola Tesla Ever Made (1890-1891)||Fresh from his return from Europe, Tesla goes on an inventing spree and dabbles in high-frequency currents. But when George Westinghouse comes calling and pleads poverty, Tesla makes a fateful and costly mistake...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 4: The Executioner's Current (1889-1890)||The War of the Currents enters its most ghoulish and macabre phase: when the combatants were willing to play with a man’s life. William Kemmler became the first person put to death by deliberate electrocution. Viewer discretion is very much...||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015 - Telsa - War of the Currents Part 3: Shock & Awe (1888-1889)||When New York became the first state to execute people using the electric chair, Edison and his DC supporters would do anything to ensure it was alternating current that powered “Old Sparky”…||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 2: First Casualties (1888)||War is hell, even when it's the War of the Currents. Harold Brown's campaign against AC turns deadly, as he conducts gruesome electrical experiments on stray dogs, and helps set the stage for New York's first electric chair...||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 1: Opening Salvo (1886-1888)||The War of the Currents begins! Edison uses every dirty trick he can think of in the struggle for DC dominance vs. the AC upstart. There can be only one (format)!||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012 - Tesla - Tesla in Steel City (1889)||Did the Westinghouse engineers want Tesla to fail in Pittsburgh? He went to consult, but all Tesla found was a hornet's nest of resentment, ego, and competing agendas. And what was Edison up to now that Westinghouse was a threat to his...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011 - Tesla - Paying the Cost to Be the Boss (1888)||You could call this episode: "Tesla: The Art of the Deal", as we see Tesla and his business partners Peck and Brown bluff, finagle, and finally negotiate the lucrative sale of the AC motor patents to George Westinghouse. The sale changed Tesla's...||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010 - Tesla - Patent. Promote. Sell. (1887-1888)||Tesla was cranking out break-through inventions as fast as his partners could patent them. Plans to promote and sell them culminated in Tesla’s full-on arrival as a cutting edge figure in the electrical field with his groundbreaking address to the...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009 - Tesla - How Tesla (Eventually) Got His Groove Back||Not long after Tesla stormed out on Edison opportunity came knocking again…as did further betrayal and disappointment. But with the help of new business partners, Tesla was on his way to becoming a truly world-changing figure.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008 - Tesla - A Scandalously Short History of the Gilded Age||It is the era in which Tesla made his greatest breakthroughs and inventions, and the era in which he found fame and fortune: the Gilded Age. Today, a whirlwind tour of America in the Gilded Age--its time; its big themes; and how it changed United...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007 - Tesla vs Edison: Round 1||The episode you've all been waiting for! Tesla arrives in New York City and takes a job with Thomas Edison. See the seeds of a life-long rivalry sown because of a broken million-dollar promise. It's Tesla vs. Edison: Round 1--let's get ready to rummmble||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006 - Tesla - Is Paris Electrified? (1882-1884)||This week we follow Tesla to Paris and a job with the new Edison lighting company there. In Paris, Telsa gains his first real, practical exposure to the nitty-gritty of designing and building dynamos and motors, and gets a taste for just how good the...||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 - Tesla - A Walk in the Park (1882)||The solution to Tesla's alternating current motor problem came to him as a ‘eureka’ moment during a walk in the park in 1882: the rotating magnetic field, and the induction motor. The applications of this innovation would literally...||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 - Tesla - Frustrated Montage Years 1878-1882||If Tesla's life were a movie, these would be the “montage years”--five years edited down into a few minutes (probably with melancholy music playing underneath) showing us that things didn’t work out for our hero for a long time until his big...||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 - Tesla - Big Man on Campus 1874 - 1877||Tesla goes on the lamb not once but twice, with a bit of schooling and a bit of gambling and at least one brush with death keeping him busy in between.||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 - Tesla - School Days 1861-1874||This week, we’ll cover Tesla’s schooling from the time he first enrolled in primary school, right up until he heads off for engineering school in the late 1870s. It’s a major turning point in Tesla’s life, and it makes sense to break there...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 - Tesla - Childhood 1856-1861||Nikola Tesla was born at the stroke of midnight between July 9 and 10, 1856. In this episode, we'll learn about Tesla's childhood years on the rural frontier of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and how early tragedy and a contentious relationship...||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000 - Introductions||This is a story of America in the late 19th Century—the Gilded Age. It’s a story of New York City before the automobile. It’s a story of robber barons, of industry, and of inventions that would change the world. And it’s the story of one...||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent podcast for history and technology enthusiasts
Tesla: The Life and Times podcast is well researched and professionally done. I’m a Nikola Tesla fan and am enjoying listening. I look forward to many more episodes!
Extremely well written and read. A lot of effort in terms of research and production has made this podcast one of the most entertaining and educational available. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about the man who helped shape the modern world.
Interested in the history of electrical technology? This engaging, at times humorous, very informative, smoothly produced podcast should be on your short list.