57 episodes

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

Documents That Changed the World Joe Janes

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 25 Ratings

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

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

    Human rights and how they came to be recognized, agreed upon and most importantly recorded and declared, for all of us to share

    Electoral College Documents, 2020

    Electoral College Documents, 2020

    Papers, signatures, seals, ceremonies, rules that produce documents to let hundreds speak for millions in having their say in the most important decision they make

    World's Fair Time Capsule, 1938

    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

    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

    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

    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

fietsr ,

Five star!

Interesting, charming, fun, educational, and just the right length (3 episodes to walk the dog.) I listened to all 56 and immediately started trying to come up with suggestions for more.

And to tincankilla, I AM smart, and I AM educated, and I challenge you to find any “academic liberal blather” in Webster’s dictionary, the ticker, or Thanksgiving.

CarmenDarlin' ,

Charmingly Informative! 🎧

Culture informs language. Fascinating!

tincankilla ,

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.

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