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Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests?

The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.

The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong Mark Chrisler

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    • 4.8 • 443 Ratings

Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests?

The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.

    Why Do Birds Suddenly (Dis)Appear?

    Why Do Birds Suddenly (Dis)Appear?

    Have you ever wondered where birds go in the winter? Of course not. But throughout history, many people have. On this, the season premiere of The Constant, we dive into some of the incredible explanations people concocted for this seemingly obvious question, and give you the surprising story of how we eventually came to know what we do. https://theconstantpodcast.weebly.com/

    • 17 min
    How to Solve a Murder (pt 2)

    How to Solve a Murder (pt 2)

    On part two of this three part series on forensics, we're bridging the gap, between the ancient and modern means of solving crimes. How did forensic science get into courts in the first place? And is it actually science at all?Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant (http://betterhelp.com/theconstant)Visit our Patreon here (https://patreon.com/theconstant).BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS! (https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirts/the-constant-podcast)Music by:Blue Dot Sessions (https://www.sessions.blue/)Lee RosevereJS BachListen to:I Know Dino (https://iknowdino.com/)Rumble Strip (https://rumblestripvermont.com/)

    • 51 min
    How to Solve a Murder (pt 1)

    How to Solve a Murder (pt 1)

    Fingerprints, DNA, blood spatter, ballistics. Before any of those forensic sciences, investigators and courts had a very different suite of tools for solving crime. On this episode, we're looking at some of them.
    Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant (http://betterhelp.com/theconstant)Visit our Patreon here (https://patreon.com/theconstant).BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS! (https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirts/the-constant-podcast)Music by:Blue Dot Sessions (https://www.sessions.blue/)Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/)Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com/)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Lick The Earth

    Lick The Earth

    For the last episode of 2020, we're returning to our fair city, Chicago, for the unlikely story of a hard-scrapple hobo who formed his own independent, autonomous district on the non-existent east side of town, which he managed to keep control of for nearly forty years... well, sort of.Visit https://andstillivote.org/YOUR-Story-Matters/ (https://andstillivote.org/YOUR-Story-Matters/) to join the fight for voting rights today.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant (http://betterhelp.com/theconstant)Visit our Patreon here (https://patreon.com/theconstant).BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS! (https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirts/the-constant-podcast)Music by:Blue Dot Sessions (https://www.sessions.blue/)Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/)Kevin MacLeodThe Joy Drops (http://thejoydrops.com/)Heftone Banjo Orchestra (http://www.heftone.com/)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    It's a Secret to Everybody

    It's a Secret to Everybody

    For The Constant's third birthday, here are three stories out of the secret feed. Medicinal gold, the story of theater's greatest Hamlet, and a melancholy Christmas tale, all for you. Visit https://andstillivote.org/YOUR-Story-Matters/ (https://andstillivote.org/YOUR-Story-Matters/) to join the fight for voting rights today.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant (http://betterhelp.com/theconstant)Visit our Patreon here (https://patreon.com/theconstant).BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS! (https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirts/the-constant-podcast)Music by:Blue Dot Sessions (https://www.sessions.blue/)Lee RosevereKevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com/)

    • 41 min
    Deserted

    Deserted

    In September of 1822, a ship carrying 70 immigrants left London bound for St. Joseph, a bustling city on The Mosquito Coast in the small Central American nation of Poyais. They were followed by hundreds more pilgrims, all looking for a better life. They were about to be severely disappointed. Visit andstillivote.org (https://publish.blubrry.com/content/andstillivote.org) to join the fight for voting rights today.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant (http://betterhelp.com/theconstant)Visit our Patreon here (https://patreon.com/theconstant).BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Listen to Historical Blindness here (https://www.historicalblindness.com/)and Rumble Strip here (https://rumblestripvermont.com/)Music by:Blue Dot Sessions (https://www.sessions.blue/)Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/)

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
443 Ratings

443 Ratings

TrishinBCliff ,

Fascinating and entertaining

How did I find this wonderful podcast? I don’t remember, but after listening to the 5-part series on the Foolkiller, I was hooked. I subscribed, told my friends and family, and am working my way through past episodes. Mark Chrisler is now on my short list of celebrities to have over for dinner once the pandemic is over.

bad snapchat! ,

Great podcast

Did a great job on this. One thing I'd say though is maybe try a new mic set up? It soundsa Little tremble-ly and tin can'd. Maybe use a compression tool? Idk! Anyways the podcast and you are great! 👍🤠

Daaagwood ,

Endlessly ltenable! Smart and terrifically entertaining.

The Constant is one of my very favorite podcasts! It’s so smart and entertaining. Funny, wise, well-researched… it’s the antidote to ordinary, uninteresting news broadcasts and think-they’re-hip-but-they’re-dumb comedy shows. I have the added benefit of being a Chicago listener to the show. On the year-end episode Lick The Earth, Chrisler tells the winding, wending story of one George Streeter, a particularly colorful character from a city with a history that has produced many. Along the way we’ll encounter gunplay, adventures on the water, legal troubles, a mean dog, tough women, bigamy, angry Pinkertons and much more.

It turns out “the history of getting things wrong” provides very fertile ground for a podcaster, writer and storyteller of Mark Chrisler’s considerable skill. Week after week, he delivers the goods, with wit and energy. I can’t recommend this show highly enough. Just try it! You’ll be hooked the way I am.

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