31 episodes

This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What everyday items have surprising origins? And would man have ever got to the moon without… the bra? 
Each episode host Dallas Campbell dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and merky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians. 
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This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What everyday items have surprising origins? And would man have ever got to the moon without… the bra? 
Each episode host Dallas Campbell dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and merky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians. 
Expect new episodes every Wednesday and Sunday.

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    Special Effects

    Special Effects

    The history of Special Effects — from stop motion to motion capture.
    In just over a century, we special effects have been subject to rapid innovation. What were the biggest breakthroughs? How did the digital revolution transform the industry? And, what does the future hold?
    Today on the show, we speak to film historian Julie Turnock who answers all that and more, revealing the biggest technological secrets behind movie magic.
    This episode was produced by Emily Whalley
    The senior producer is Charlotte Long
    Edited and mixed by Stuart Beckwith
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    • 35 min
    The Invention of Sex Toys

    The Invention of Sex Toys

    _CW: This episode is a bit saucier than normal with explicit sexual references and some swearing. If that isn’t your cup of tea or are listening with kids, please check out one of our past episodes instead_. 
    It is fair to say, Sex Toys aren’t the taboo they once were. The stats show they are incredibly popular — over 52% of women in the US have used vibrator, and many men - 1 in 3 - use them too. And we are more comfortable than ever talking about them. 
    But where did it all start and how long have they been around? 
    So today on the show, sex historian Kate Lister joins us to chart their — from ancient myths, to victorian quackery through to the decline of euphemistic marketing and societies embrace of the sex toy. 
    Listen to more from Kate on the History Hit podcast _Betwixt The Sheets_.  
    This episode was produced by Emily Whalley
    The senior producer is Charlotte Long
    Edited and mixed by Stuart Beckwith
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    • 23 min
    Lunar Rover

    Lunar Rover

    The success of the Apollo Missions relied on hugely imaginative engineering. There is perhaps no better example of this than the first off-planet electric car, The Lunar Rover.
    Today on the show we ask: Why did we send a car to the moon? How did we design something for an environment we knew nothing about? How did we get it up there?
    Dallas is joined by by Eddie Alterman, the longtime editor at Car and Driver and host of new Puskin's new podcast, Car Show!.
    You can listen to Car Show! with Eddie Alterman, from our friends at Pushkin Industries, here.
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    This episode was produced by Emily Whalley.
    The senior producer is Charlotte Long.
    Edited and mixed by Stuart Beckwith.


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    • 30 min
    Plastic Surgery

    Plastic Surgery

    As a result of all the military and medical advancements of World War One there were more seriously injured and disfigured soldiers surviving the battlefield than ever before. And so World War One also lead to a huge leap forward in plastic and cosmetic surgery.
    In this episode Dallas is joined by award winning historian and author Lindsey Fitzharris to talk about the birth of reconstructive surgery, and the Grandfather behind it - Harold Gillies. Repairing missing jaw bones, gunshot wounds to the face, and leading the way on the first phalloplasty in 1949 - who is Harold Gillies, and why is he so important to the modern medical community?
    Warning this episode contains graphic discussion of war injuries and surgery.

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    • 36 min
    Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight Saving Time

    Introduced just over 100 years ago, Daylight Savings have always been divisive.
    So, why are people for and why are people against — and how have those arguments changed over time?
    We find out with today's guest, Dr Kristin Hussey - a science historian currently based in Denmark who is working on a book about the history of circadian rhythms.
    This episode was produced by Emily Whalley.
    Edited and mixed by Aidan Lonergan.
    The senior producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 31 min
    Coronation Chicken

    Coronation Chicken

    Chicken, mayonnaise, curry powder - and wait, sultanas? What exactly is Coronation Chicken and what does it have to do with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II?
    Created by students, beloved by many, how does this iconic sandwich filler fit into British culinary history?
    In this Jubilee Special, Dallas is joined by food historian Annie Gray to talk all things TV chefs, supermarket sandwiches, and whether this creamy delight was ever really served to the Queen.
    This episode was produced by Emily Whalley.
    Edited and mixed by Seyi Adaobi.
    The senior producer is Charlotte Long
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

knelly ,

Found Treasure

What a delight to listen to something that is both interesting and fact based and that is filled with warmth and charm. A gift in the middle of the week to be sure.

Ajax0012 ,

Good show

Keep it up

Phyllis Robbins ,

Great Concept with Flaws

Having an episode about motion pictures building to a reveal and then hearing that the guest won’t tell so we will buy his book is irritating in the extreme. Pick guests & topics more carefully then it’s a winner!

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