102 episodes

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

    • History
    • 4.8 • 504 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.

    The Lead Age

    The Lead Age

    Clair Cameron Patterson discovered the true age of the Earth, and in the process, the greatest environmental catastrophe in human history.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant (http://betterhelp.com/theconstant)Get a free trial of Literati by going to literati.com/theconstant (https://publish.blubrry.com/content/literati.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 SoundBlue Dot Sessions (https://www.sessions.blue/)Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/)

    • 1 hr 14 min
    It's a Date

    It's a Date

    How old is the world? There're only fifteen or twenty ways to find out!Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstant (http://www.indeed.com/theconstant)Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantGet a free trial of Literati by going to literati.com/theconstant (literati.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/)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Introducing The Vaping Fix

    Introducing The Vaping Fix

    Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis.
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    • 6 min
    Death Rays (Part Two (Electric Boogaloo))

    Death Rays (Part Two (Electric Boogaloo))

    Here it is! The Big Bad Boys of Death Ray History: Axis vs. Allies, Marconi vs. Tesla, and barely anything about the mysterious Japanese WWII monkey shortage that is picking the inside of my brain bloody. Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstant (http://www.indeed.com/theconstant)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/)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Death Rays

    Death Rays

    This one does what it says on the tin: instantly kills you with a beam of indeterminate provenance! What other podcast can promise that? Aside from Roman Mars, obviously.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/)Epidemic Sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com/)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Don't Know Much About History

    Don't Know Much About History

    Nobody paid much attention to Jean Hardouin in 1729 when he said that all of history was faked. But since then, his message has found a lot more receptive ears. Meet your newest conspiratorial friends: The Chronology Truthers. Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstant (http://www.indeed.com/theconstant)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 RosevereEpidemic Sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com)

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
504 Ratings

504 Ratings

HeidiA11 ,

Obsessed

I am now obsessed with this podcast, and I only stumbled across it a couple weeks ago. I love podcasts on obscure stories from history, especially when these stories help shape your perspective or teach you something about how we got to where we are today, and Chrisler does not fail to deliver! I always start from the oldest episodes and work my way up, so I’m not quite up to the most recent posted yet, but these episodes have taken over my queue list. My mind was blown when listening to the story on the creation and initial pushback of bicycles, I had to share the episode on It's a Wonderful Life with my entire family, and perhaps my personal favorite so far because of its strong lesson and powerful, emotional ending is Shipwreckless. Chrisler does not shy away from sharing his opinion and there is some cursing, so just be aware of that before you jump in. He has a fresh take on things and he adds personality to the stories, which I really appreciate! I have found myself laughing out loud, and I greatly appreciate all the history I have learned from listening!

Arnoldus%% ,

Genuine good time

I am newer to the podcast game (a very late bloomer) and have been thrilled with the wit and ease in which the constant and in particular Mark Chrysler presents off beat history through a contextual lens of current culture and postmodernism. Well done sir!!

jdtangney ,

Pure geekery

Just don’t let Mark near French names. Or German ones. Or Greek. Or Russian. Or even a lot of English words.

In Mark’s defense, when someone mispronounces a word, it shows that they are well read, having learned without benefit of having heard those words.

I am thoroughly addicted and I am madly bingeing.

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