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A thrilling podcast about the History of the Modern World.  Humanity has been hard at work for centuries to empower itself with better tools and insights, from science and surgery to electricity and the Internet, and this series celebrates the history of those triumphs.  Compared to our ancestors, we live like superheroes and sorcerers, endowed with powers they could never have imagined. But how did we achieve all this? Historian Brad Harris tackles that question head on, revealing how the most important scientific, technological, and cultural advancements in history began, and inspiring us to keep reaching for new historical triumphs along the way.

Jun 11, 2018

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my new podcast: Context. If you’ve enjoyed engaging in history with me so far, I think you’ll continue to find value in the new show. Join me as we explore how other scholars have interpreted the rise of the modern world.

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May 15, 2018

Money is a form of trust.  Credit, not coins, has been the heart of financial innovation.

Communities that have learned how to leverage credit most effectively and facilitate its transfer between parties most efficiently have sustained the most progress, from the Medician networks that funded the Renaissance to the...


Apr 10, 2018

Our submergence in the flow of time can make it difficult to comprehend how fundamental timekeeping technology has been to the evolution of our civilization. But, to wind up the mechanism of modernity, our mastery of clockwork was critical.

Where did the authority of our clockwork come from?  How did the perfection of...


Mar 5, 2018

The Enlightenment was an intellectual movement centered in northern Europe during the late 1600s and 1700s that is largely responsible for establishing our modern convictions concerning the virtues of representative government, religious toleration, and human rights.  It inaugurated the very idea that humanity could...


Feb 5, 2018

We've all heard about how the printing press revolutionized book production. But, the real revolution was in how printed books, as opposed to handwritten ones, obliterated the intellectual barriers between us, leading to the Scientific Revolution, The Enlightenment, and beyond.

Witness how the ancient trickle of...