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A thrilling podcast about the History of the Modern World. Humanity has been hard at work for centuries to empower itself with better tools and insights, from science and surgery to electricity and the Internet, and this series celebrates the history of those triumphs. Compared to our ancestors, we live like superheroes and sorcerers, endowed with powers they could never have imagined. But how did we achieve all this? Historian Brad Harris tackles that question head on, revealing how the most important scientific, technological, and cultural advancements in history began, and inspiring us to keep reaching for new historical triumphs along the way.

How It Began: A History of the Modern World Brad Harris, Historian of Science & Technology

    • History
    • 4.8 • 489 Ratings

A thrilling podcast about the History of the Modern World. Humanity has been hard at work for centuries to empower itself with better tools and insights, from science and surgery to electricity and the Internet, and this series celebrates the history of those triumphs. Compared to our ancestors, we live like superheroes and sorcerers, endowed with powers they could never have imagined. But how did we achieve all this? Historian Brad Harris tackles that question head on, revealing how the most important scientific, technological, and cultural advancements in history began, and inspiring us to keep reaching for new historical triumphs along the way.

    A Message From Brad Harris

    A Message From Brad Harris

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    • 3 min
    The English Language: From a Dark Ages Dialect to Global Domination

    The English Language: From a Dark Ages Dialect to Global Domination

    In this episode, historian Brad Harris takes us back to collapse of the Roman Empire to reveal how the world's most popular and expressive language, English, emerged from the dimmest moment of the dark ages. Hear how English actually sounded a thousand years ago and discover how it evolved through the centuries by absorbing other languages.
    To access all 20 episodes of How It Began, head to bradharris.com to learn more.

    • 40 min
    Wolves to Dogs: The Origins of Our Alliance

    Wolves to Dogs: The Origins of Our Alliance

    In this episode, historian Brad Harris brings us back in time over 35,000 years ago to reveal the very beginning of dog domestication. Learn how humanity gained the upper hand in an ancient competition with wolves to enable more friendly interaction and cooperation, and how the subsequent alliance between humans and dogs helped both species to thrive.
    To access all 20 episodes of How It Began, head to bradharris.com to learn more.

    • 25 min
    Modern Science: From Belief to Knowledge

    Modern Science: From Belief to Knowledge

    In this episode, historian Brad Harris explores the origins of our modern methods of scientific discovery. From ancient Greeks who developed rational inquiry to Galileo and Newton who led the Scientific Revolution, the historical process of moving beyond belief to securing real knowledge about the world is revealed.
    To access all 20 episodes of How It Began, head to bradharris.com to learn more.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
489 Ratings

489 Ratings

David_Dawson ,

Absolutely fantastic

Riveting tour of the development and relevance of English in the world. The production is absolutely sensational and the story is very well told. Thank you!

RickReviewed ,

Best history podcast in every sense, please bring it back

I came across this podcast after listening to so many history podcasts, hardcore history, history of (insert topic here), stuff you missed in history class, and many others.

Within DAYS I had binged what normally only is played strictly during my car ride to work or to class all at once. The topics are all encompassing and the production value is amazing between the effects and research and his amazingly captivating voice. Definitely check out his other podcast too, it’s actually still going-Context.

I’ve honestly never been drawn to history in the same way a high quality movie draws me in until now. Please continue the series! Even if it was slower paced.

Jake from Iowa 62153 ,

Amazing

Expanded my worldview, gave me a new appreciation for the modern world. Also changed my mind about the essential goodness of the modern world. Many great ideas and innovations, along with a ton of work, got us here.

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