16 episodes

The Story of How We Make Stuff

From the Ground Up Podcast Keith Decent

    • Arts

The Story of How We Make Stuff

    2.7 Mysterious House of Mystery (Halloween Special)

    2.7 Mysterious House of Mystery (Halloween Special)

    A family, ruined by disease. A widow, haunted by vengeful spirits. A house, built to trick and trap the dead. Secret rooms, trap doors, stairs to nowhere, and deadly pitfalls. The Winchester Mystery House is a weird, weird place, with an interesting history. This special Halloween edition of FTGU explores just why someone would build such a strange home and the events behind the legend.

    Musical provided by:
    Lee Rosevere
    Matt Oakley

    FTGU is a (severely overworked) one-man operation. In order to devote more time to the podcast, I need the support of listeners like yourselves. Please consider going to patreon.com/keithdecent to donate to the show. Alternatively, sharing your favorite episodes or leaving a review goes a long way toward helping grow the podcast.

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    • 11 min
    Episode 2.6: History of the Ladder (with a special cameo from Eric of Hand Tool Rescue

    Episode 2.6: History of the Ladder (with a special cameo from Eric of Hand Tool Rescue

    From ancient cave dwellers to modern firefighting, the history of the ladder is the history of humanity striving to rise to new heights, to reach beyond our limitations, and to come back from the journey safer and better than when we began.

    Huge thanks to Eric from Hand Tool rescue for helping out on this episode. You can find him at handtoolrescue.com, at Hand Tool Rescue on Youtube, and on his excellent podcast, the Fitzall Podcast.

    Music for this episode provided by:

    Lee Rosevere
    Matt Oakley

    FTGU is a (severely overworked) one-man operation. In order to devote more time to the podcast, I need the support of listeners like yourselves. Please consider going to patreon.com/keithdecent to donate to the show. Alternatively, sharing your favorite episodes or leaving a review goes a long way toward helping grow the podcast.

    Thanks!

    • 13 min
    Episode 2.5: People Who Flea

    Episode 2.5: People Who Flea

    How many Napoleons does it take to accidentally invent the Flea Market?


    Music:
    Lee Rosevere - Puzzle Pieces
    Couperin - Pieces en Concert - Prelude, La Tromba, Air de Diable
    Lee Rosevere - Under Suspicion
    Ruff and Ready - Matt Oakley
    Lee Rosevere - Let’s Start at The Beginning


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    • 13 min
    Episode 2.4: Layers of Innovation Pt 2: Lignin the Future

    Episode 2.4: Layers of Innovation Pt 2: Lignin the Future

    Invisible wood? Bullet proof wood? 1200 foot-tall, fire-resistant skyscrapers made from timber? This episode explores the various superpowers given to wood by scientists and engineers of the modern age as well as our recent past.

    Music:

    Puzzle Pieces - Lee Rosevere
    It’s a Mystery - Lee Rosevere
    The Blues Jumped a Rabbit - Jimmy Noone Orchestra (1936)
    Under Suspicion - Lee Rosevere

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    • 15 min
    Episode 2.3: Shellac of All Trades

    Episode 2.3: Shellac of All Trades

    From a colony of insects on a tree branch in India, to your fingernails, food, medicine, artwork, and furniture, shellac undergoes a 3000 year journey to become a worldwide industry. Myths, inventions, the delta blues, and apples are all touched upon along the way.

    Music:
    Lee Roosevere - multiple songs
    Franz Schubert - String Trio in B Flat Major (1811)
    Charley Patton - High Water Everywhere Pt.1 (1929)

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    • 15 min
    Episode 2.2: American Silver pt 2: Ode to the Lode

    Episode 2.2: American Silver pt 2: Ode to the Lode

    The tragic tale of two brothers, Hosea and Ethan, who set off into the American West search of riches, only to find disease, famine, thievery, toil, and eventually, death. This episode takes the form of an epic poem with some surprise guests!

    All music for this episode by Ampletunes.
    www.Ampletunes.com


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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

davebauerart ,

One of the best maker radio voices around!

Learn more about everyday things we use to make our world. Great storytelling.

YouCanMakeThisToo ,

Decent

He finds mundane crap you’re familiar with, reminisces about his childhood and then tells you this incredible story about the history of it you had no clue ever happened.

Erik w/a k ,

Great story teller

Keith has done an amazing job at telling stories of all sorts of things related to making. The editing and music paired with the story he is telling is done at an expert level. I always listen as soon as I can when a new episode is uploaded.

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