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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 • 581 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.

    What Goes Up (Pt 2)

    What Goes Up (Pt 2)

    What do a professor, a heretic, a clockmaker, a barber, a cantor, a laborer, an architect, an alchemist and a couple of bonafide renaissance men all have in common? All of them tried to fly, and none of them succeeded.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    What Goes Up (Pt 1)

    What Goes Up (Pt 1)

    You've heard of The Wright Brothers, the first people to fly. Maybe you've heard of Alberto Santo Dumont, too. Arguably he managed to fly two years earlier. Perhaps you know The Montgolfier Brothers, who first got a manned balloon in the air. But what about all the people who tried and failed? Forget the history of flying; to start off 2022 we're giving you the history of falling.
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    Dance with The Devil in The Pale Moonlight

    Dance with The Devil in The Pale Moonlight

    New Year, New You, New Constant. Season 11 begins Tuesday, January 11th.
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    Men of Stone (Pt 2)

    Men of Stone (Pt 2)

    Throughout the 19th Century, The United States was absolutely barraged by tales of petrified stone men: ancient giants, missing links, careless miners, unfortunate souls and one Civil War hero, General Thomas Francis Meagher.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Men of Stone (Pt 1)

    Men of Stone (Pt 1)

    In 1897, a Montana prospector discovered something valuable in The Missouri River. Not gold, not silver, not even copper. It was the petrified body of a missing Civil War hero, General Thomas Francis Meagher. Continue your education via University of California Irvine now! (https://ce.uci.edu/?utm_source=TNM&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=2022theconstant)Get up to 14 free meals AND three free gifts from HelloFresh by visiting:HelloFresh.com/theconstant14 and entering code "theconstant14" at checkout. (https://www.hellofresh.com/pages/podcast?c=THECONSTANT14&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=cpm&utm_campaign=4020201510podcast&utm_content=theconstant14&dm=meals&featured=family&mealsize=3-4)Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant (http://betterhelp.com/theconstant)Visit GiveWell.org (https://www.givewell.org/) to find a charity today. Be sure to choose "podcast" and enter "The Constant" at checkout to get your donation matched up to $250 dollars. 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:Epidemic Sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com/)
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    It's a Secret to Everyone, Too

    It's a Secret to Everyone, Too

    Our second annual dive into the hidden world of The Constant Secret Feed.Continue your education via University of California Irvine now! (https://ce.uci.edu/?utm_source=TNM&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=2022theconstant)How about 25% off a better news subscription? Go to inkl.com/constant to sign up. (https://www.inkl.com/?through=podcast&plan=yearly-25-discount&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=constant)Get up to 14 free meals AND three free gifts from HelloFresh by visiting: HelloFresh.com/theconstant14 and entering code "theconstant14" at checkout. (https://www.hellofresh.com/pages/podcast?c=THECONSTANT14&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=cpm&utm_campaign=4020201510podcast&utm_content=theconstant14&dm=meals&featured=family&mealsize=3-4)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:Epidemic Sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com/)​​Blue Dot Sessions (https://www.sessions.blue/)Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/)Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com/)
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
581 Ratings

581 Ratings

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Listen, for the love of Truth, LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

This is, far and away, the best podcast I have ever found. My #2 is quite beloved to me (99% Invisible), but it doesn’t even come close to how important The Constant has been to my life. Mark Chrysler has a an incredible talent for engaging storytelling (and, in my opinion, a laugh out loud sense of humor!) while simultaneously understanding that cherry picking details and expunging existent nuances that don’t fit the storyteller’s desired narrative is a devious form of deception, often tantamount to a lie. Most other sources about history I’ve interacted with have been bowdlerized so heavily that one can’t learn much of anything real about how the world works. But Mark Chrysler embodies- to an incredibly inspiring degree- the word “fastidious”, and I am so grateful for the stories he has told, and the nuggets of wisdom he shares. I found this podcast around the same time I learned that I was autistic, and the past year has been a painful but ecstatically empowering whirlwind of uncovering my own false beliefs, and I finally feel like I am able to start understanding the world in a way that doesn’t involve a set of beliefs, gleaned from growing up in society, that is riddled with contradictions. I can’t give all the credit to this one factor, but I can say with confidence that I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it without listening (and relistening!) to the episodes of this podcast. If you choose to invest your time and attention into The Constant, it will be so, so worth it.

Hi Mark if you’re reading this I love you plz keep doing what you’re doing; with every listen to any of your episodes, the world becomes a better place! 💞🤖🦄🕸👾💡👹🕺🏾🦖🗿🧶👑🧬💥🔮🐝🦁🍭🎧🪅🔊🏳️💜

sooty chat ,

Liked topics but not tone of host…

Tidbits from diverse historical eras and regions are covered quite well. But the host sounds excited to a high pitch, is self-referential and needs to calm down. And throwing in random fact-comparisons, such as (in a recent episode) how something lasted the duration of a Kurosawa movie, is not funny or even quirky, just makes for noise.

[Added] Kashi is not in the southeast of India. Need to consult maps and review/edit before recording episodes.

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Industrial artifacts

I my grandma has all of those things in you dream room in the closet if I sold all of her artifacts She’d be the first and only trillions

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