A look at documents that have made a difference in the world. Joe Janes,
of the University of Washington Information School, tells the stories of
these important information objects, how and why they were created, and the impacts they've
had. These documents also tell the story of human society.
and its never ending evolution. Look for our Podcast in the iTunes Store
World's Fair Time Capsule, 1938
The best known example of an attempt to help the future to understand the present when it's the past, even 5000 years on
Articles of Impeachment, 1868
The extraordinary ordinariness of articles of impeachment, then and now, and the lessons to be learned, over and over again
Code of Hammurabi, c1754 BCE
Whoever thought finding the law could be a challenge? Not if it's on a 7 ft tall stela for all to see - now, as then, finding the law can be almost as complicated as finding justice
Eurovision/European Broadcast Union Statutes, 1950
What's the most popular television show in the world that you may never have heard of? Founding documents, politics, dancing apes, and the shared cultural moments that are the Eurovision Song Contest
IRS Form 1040, 1914
Line after line, year after year, the forms that keep information organized, processes processing, and civilization working
"Operation Mincemeat" Faked Documents, 1943
When is a fake not a fake? A strange WWII stories, authentically fake documents on a dead fake British officer to divert German attention from an invasion of Sicily and change the course of the war-for real (researched/co-written by Kate Merifield)
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Charmingly Informative! 🎧
Culture informs language. Fascinating!
Usual liberal academic blather
Listened to a couple of these, and it’s academic recycling of hackish partisan stuff. Basically wasted time if you’re smart/educated.
I am totally enjoying your podcast and always look forward to the next one. Please keep up the great work.