The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong
By Mark Chrisler
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Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests? The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.
||CleanWhy Do Birds Suddenly (Dis)Appear?||Have you ever wondered where birds go in the winter? Of course not. But throughout history, many people have. On this, the season premiere of The Constant, we dive into some of the incredible explanations people concocted for this seemingly obvious que.||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLord Morton's Mare||A fly bites, a sickness spreads, a horse is born, an idea returns. This week we attempt to correct an oversight.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet's Talk About Sex, Babies||Did you ever wonder where babies come from? So did all these guys! But only one of them managed to figure it out. This week, for our season finale, the remarkable story of how we came to know the most fundamental and critical of human questions,||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeople This Isle||Look, out in the sea: it's an earthquake, it's a boat fire, it's a sea monster! It's a tiny, newborn volcanic island! In 1831, a small scrap of land suddenly formed in The Mediterranean. Lifeless, inhospitable, fiery and useless. So, naturally,||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEveryone Loves a Mystery||Today the story of a mysterious grave in the foothills of Appalachia, and the two wannabe detectives that set about deciphering it. This episode is a little different than most. It's a personal story. And we want more of them going forward. To that end,||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Good Carefully||Here's something you don't see everyday: parachuting cats. It did happen, though. In the 1950s, The Royal Air Force airdropped parakitties onto the Island of Borneo. Why would they do such a thing? Stick around and find out.||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEverything Aristotle Said is Wrong||We give Aristotle a pretty hard time here at The Constant. But we can't hold an Aristotle-hating candle to the guy in this episode. A man whose distaste and distrust for Aristotle is responsible for the birth of the enlightenment,||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIce and Fire and Fury||It started off as an innocent enough idea: what if the moon was made of ice? But from there it grew. Into an alternative-science, into a grand conspiracy theory and, finally, into one of the greatest evils in history.||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBitcoin, Bitcoin, BITCOIN!||Would you like a serious deep-dive into the technical history of cryptocurrency? Too bad. That does sound like something we'd do, but instead we're giving you a political comedy piece by host Mark Chrisler, performed for The Paper Machete,||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShipwreckless||In 1867, The Eliza set out to sea with a fresh crew, a full hold and fair weather. Yet no one expected her to ever make land again. This episode we look at why, and why, throughout the 19th century, hundreds of ships sank every year in entirely preven.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTidbits and Trimmings||While we work away on season 2, here's a few extra stories related to the content from season 1 that didn't make their way into the episodes. More art hoaxes! More diligent prime number seekers! More birds on The Moon!||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWay to Go, Einstein!||We could've called this show "Whoopsie!" or "Oops!" or "People Believe The Strangest Things." But instead, we called it "The Constant." On this, the season finale, we finally explain why. That means it's time to fawn about Einstein,||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFire-Proof Lizards, Vegetable Sheep and Ball-Biting Beavers||Throughout time people have twisted the most humdrum of creatures until they were fantastical, bizarre, unbelievable monsters. From a logistically unfeasible hybrid to a self-castrating quarry, we're bringing you a suite of four stupefying animal myths,||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTake None of These and Call Me In The Morning||This week: a whirlwind history of bad medical practices, worse medical practices and medical practices that--while still pretty awful--looked fantastic by comparison. Western medical history began with a madman who threw himself into a volcano to prove.||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe're Still Here||"Threatening the world with Famine, Plague and War: To Princes, Death! To Kingdoms, many Crosses; To all Estates, inevitable Losses! To Herdsmen, Rot; to Plowmen, hapless Seasons; To Sailors, Storms, To Cities, Civil Treasons!" -John Gadsbury, 1665.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitArt is Dead||You don't know this story. You don't know the killer. You don't know the victims. You don't know the artist and you don't know the artworks. But in 1998 Yugoslavia, a series of mutilated corpses shocked the public, rocked the art world and, maybe,||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Years of Sundays||It's difficult to honor the spirit of the season when you're making a show about mistakes, foibles and failures, but we've done our best. This week, the most uplifting story about prime numbers you'll hear all season. Promise.||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1% Inspiration||In the 1960's, scientists discovered a new form of water, kicking off millions of dollars of research, Nobel Prize consideration and a new Cold War arms race between the USA and USSR. This episode we investigate the history of the miraculous discovery .||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Gotta Fry a Few Eggs||A preview of things to come: this is our "stress test" mini episode to try to work out all the kinks. Music byLee Rosevere http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/ and Animeistrash||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Interesting, witty, and arcane enough to beef up your dinner party conversation
Mark Chrisler’s oddly soothing derision might be worth the listen by itself, but it’s the well-researched stories of the confidently wrong and the explanations of the befuddled that make this new podcast really stand out.
Excellent and informative new podcast
I pity you if you haven’t listened and subscribed.
Funny, intelligent, interesting
I’ll be back.