100 episodes

A podcast about the worst ideas in history. Albert Berg and Tony Southcotte take on some of the biggest historical flops, mistakes, and blunders. From Cop Rock to the Yugo.

Bad Ideas Podcast Albert Berg, Tony Southcotte

    • History

A podcast about the worst ideas in history. Albert Berg and Tony Southcotte take on some of the biggest historical flops, mistakes, and blunders. From Cop Rock to the Yugo.

    Understanding the Sand Creek Massacre | Bad Ideas

    Understanding the Sand Creek Massacre | Bad Ideas

    The Sand Creek Massacre was an atrocity, an attack on Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered to the United States military in a desperate bid for peace. John Chivington (whose name still graces the road near where the massacre took place) with full knowledge of the situation led a band of untrained men to the area and set them loose on the camp, where they indiscriminately killed men women and children alike. Silas Soule stood against the assault by refusing to take part in the massacre and by testifying against Chivington at the hazard of his own life. This is the story of true evil, and the story of the good that stood against it, no matter the cost, no matter the result.

    • 33 min
    The AAirpass - American Airlines Offered a Lifetime of First Class Tickets and it Backfired

    The AAirpass - American Airlines Offered a Lifetime of First Class Tickets and it Backfired

    The AAirpass was a lifetime pass that allowed its members to fly free for the rest of their lives. While this was amazing for them, it would end up costing American Airlines millions. People like Steven Rothstein would go on an average of more than one flight per day. Eventually the airline would strip people of their passes in sad and awkward ways.
     
    || More Human Echoes stuff: http://humanechoes.com || Become a member for BONUS PODCASTS on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HumanEchoes
     
    Watch our Gaming Content: https://www.youtube.com/HumanEchoesGaming 
     
    Bad Ideas Podcast on iTunes: http://apple.co/2yrDfyx
     
    Buy some T-shirts: http://bit.ly/1NetNNP
     
    Join our Community Discord: https://discord.gg/vyMvJx7 
     
    Listen to Bad Ideas: https://youtu.be/BadIdeas
    Watch Dwarf Fortress: https://youtu.be/4shyDUgoc6c
     
    Streaming Weekly-
          Twitch: https://Twitch.tv/manicpixidrmgirl
          Mixer: https://Mixer.com/HumanEchoes
     
    You can also follow the Human Echoes Peeps on Twitter!
    @HumanEchoes
    @tsouthcotte
    @albert_berg
    @josephdevon
    @ManicPix

    • 18 min
    Thomas Midgely Jr. and the Deadly Invention of Leaded Gas - Bad Ideas

    Thomas Midgely Jr. and the Deadly Invention of Leaded Gas - Bad Ideas

    Leaded Gasoline was developed by GM to solve the problem of engine knock in the early 20th century. There were other ways to solve engine knock, but they all involved selling LESS OIL (gasp). Also GM couldn't patent them. If only we could have known at the time that lead was a deadly poison. Oh, wait, we did.

    • 37 min
    Albania's Ponzi Rebellion and Civil War - When Ponzi Schemes Destroy an Economy

    Albania's Ponzi Rebellion and Civil War - When Ponzi Schemes Destroy an Economy

    Tony takes a deeper look at the 1997 Albanian Civil War that started because a huge swath of their entire GDP was caught up in ponzi schemes. With offers of 100 percent per month interest, who could say no? Well, when the entire economy collapsed the people rebelled against the new regime.
    || More Human Echoes stuff: http://humanechoes.com || Become a member for BONUS PODCASTS on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HumanEchoes
     
    Watch our Gaming Content: https://www.youtube.com/HumanEchoesGaming 
     
    Bad Ideas Podcast on iTunes: http://apple.co/2yrDfyx
     
    Buy some T-shirts: http://bit.ly/1NetNNP
     
    Join our Community Discord: https://discord.gg/vyMvJx7 
     
    Listen to Bad Ideas: https://youtu.be/BadIdeas
    Watch Dwarf Fortress: https://youtu.be/4shyDUgoc6c
     
    Streaming Weekly-
          Twitch: https://Twitch.tv/manicpixidrmgirl
          Mixer: https://Mixer.com/HumanEchoes
     
    You can also follow the Human Echoes Peeps on Twitter!
    @HumanEchoes
    @tsouthcotte
    @albert_berg
    @josephdevon
    @ManicPix

    • 25 min
    How Hype Ruined the Segway - Bad Ideas

    How Hype Ruined the Segway - Bad Ideas

    The Segway was a revolutionary invention, and on top of that it was fun to ride. So why did it become the punchline of every joke about mall cops? At least part of the answer can be found in the over-hyping of this machine in the early 2000's. With tiny pieces of information "Steve Jobs says it'll be bigger than the PC!" the internet fabricated all kinds of theories, obsessing over what would turn out to be a fancy scooter. This is the story of how hype helped kill the Segway's chances of changing the world.

    • 25 min
    Fordlandia - Ford's Failed Company Town in Brazil - Bad Ideas Podcast

    Fordlandia - Ford's Failed Company Town in Brazil - Bad Ideas Podcast

    Fordlandia was an experiment from Henry Ford to take away the British monopoly on rubber. He decided to set up an entire city in the depths of the amazon, leading to death, vice, riots, and not a whole lot of rubber. 
    || More Human Echoes stuff: http://humanechoes.com || Become a member for BONUS PODCASTS on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HumanEchoes
     
    Watch our Gaming Content: https://www.youtube.com/HumanEchoesGaming 
     
    Bad Ideas Podcast on iTunes: http://apple.co/2yrDfyx
     
    Buy some T-shirts: http://bit.ly/1NetNNP
     
    Join our Community Discord: https://discord.gg/vyMvJx7 
     
    Listen to Bad Ideas: https://youtu.be/BadIdeas
    Watch Dwarf Fortress: https://youtu.be/4shyDUgoc6c
     
    Streaming Weekly-
          Twitch: https://Twitch.tv/manicpixidrmgirl
          Mixer: https://Mixer.com/HumanEchoes
     
    You can also follow the Human Echoes Peeps on Twitter!
    @HumanEchoes
    @tsouthcotte
    @albert_berg
    @josephdevon
    @ManicPix

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

This-show-was-not-a-bad-idea ,

Great show.

This podcast quickly became one of my favourite ones to listen to and great addition to my week. I just finished all available shows and cant wait for more to come out. Plus now I have a lot of random facts to bring up as conversation starters with my socially awkward inlaws.

RebeccaEH ,

Awesome!

Very informative, sometimes silly.

No pet found ,

Enjoyable

Pretty fun podcast. Love the content. I would like it better if the young hosts would let go of their condescending attitude towards what we older folks know and do instead of referencing a “50 yo grandmother” who is just out of the loop and clueless. Come on guys. You’re building on what we’ve already done and we do get it.

Top Podcasts In History

Listeners Also Subscribed To