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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 Airwave Media

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    • 4.8 • 674 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.

    Link Missing (Part 2)

    Link Missing (Part 2)

    After Charles Darwin published Origin of Species, the scientific world spent the next fifty years searching for an alternative theory for evolution. And they found plenty. This is the story of a period known as "The Eclipse of Darwinism".
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Link Missing (Part 1)

    Link Missing (Part 1)

    What is a man? A miserable pile of secrets, of course. But in the 19th century, a debate arose about whether apes might have miserable piles of their own, leading to a controversy that persists to this day: are apes men, or are men apes?
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Are Whales Fish?

    Are Whales Fish?

    To start off the year, we're looking back at an old favorite that plays a significant part in an upcoming series.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The War on Christmas

    The War on Christmas

    Merry Christmas, you filthy animals.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    It's The Little Things (Volume 2)

    It's The Little Things (Volume 2)

    One more round of short stories, about little things, that had big consequences.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    It's a Secret to Everyone (Volume 3)

    It's a Secret to Everyone (Volume 3)

    It's Mark's birthday, it's The Constant's birthday, and it's Thanksgiving. In celebration we're opening up The Secret Feed vault and asking you to sponsor this show!
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
674 Ratings

674 Ratings

Nyxator13 ,

Can’t recommend this podcast enough

There’s so much we know about everything now (or so we think). I love hearing about what we USED to think was true.

Mark has a great sense of humor, and really does his research.

I may be wrong about a lot of things, but I’m not wrong about this.

Fred and his Incredible Sheep-Shrinking Grateful Airplanes ,

Great deep dive episodes

When Mark devotes more than one episode to a topic, it's going to be a real treat, because he does the research and isn't afraid to present new evidence that upends his previous episodes (see the multi-episode "Foolkiller" saga). One of Chicago's best current exports!

KeelHaulUm ,

Too bad

A liberal’s soapbox under the guise of a history podcast. What a waste.

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