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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.

How It Began: A History of the Modern World Brad Harris, Historian of Science & Technology

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 378 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
378 Ratings

378 Ratings

Dsolsko ,

Historically grounded and highly entertaining!

I’m studying for a masters in history and philosophy of science now, and I can attest to the quality of his analysis. The production quality is strong with great writing, narrating, and music. The wolf episode even got me tearing up!

decoyleo ,

Good storytelling

I like the way he describes his topics it helps me visualize more of the information and I feel like it helps me retain more. He makes it enjoyable to learn!

Billanderson41 ,

Unbelievably addicting!!

Much like the history of coffee presented in Season 2, this podcast is very addictive. Harris takes commonplace items and concepts with which we have become overly familiar and makes their history both entertaining and educational. I am blown away with the production value put into this show.

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