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Two brothers, talking science and telling bad jokes. Barely scripted, sometimes accurate, almost funny, Thursdays at 8PM pacific.

The Lab With Brad Brad Barton

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Two brothers, talking science and telling bad jokes. Barely scripted, sometimes accurate, almost funny, Thursdays at 8PM pacific.

    Ep 414: What are stocks and bonds?

    Ep 414: What are stocks and bonds?

    What are stocks and bonds?



    I’m sure you’ve at least heard of stocks and bonds, but, what in the 9 hells are they?



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    Here’s a site on stocks and stock trading.



    The Basics of Investing In Stocks



    And here’s a site on bonds.



    Bonds: How They Work and How To Invest

    • 13 min
    Ep 413: When gold and silver don’t deliver

    Ep 413: When gold and silver don’t deliver

    When gold and silver don’t deliver



    It’s all about central banks this time, their roll and historical roots.



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    • 16 min
    Ep 412: It worked, until it didn’t

    Ep 412: It worked, until it didn’t

    It worked, until it didn’t



    Join us for the Mississippi bubble, when a Scottish gambler and convicted murderer gain control of virtually all French finances.



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    Here’s an article about John Law and the Mississippi bubble.



    John Law and the Mississippi Bubble: 1718-1720



    Here’s a video on the same thing.



    John Law and the Mississippi Bubble



    And here’s a much longer, and more detailed video.



    John Law - The First Financial Engineer - A History of Paper Money and The Mississippi Bubble

    • 16 min
    Ep 411: It’s the beginning of banks baby!

    Ep 411: It’s the beginning of banks baby!

    It’s the beginning of banks baby!



    Join us for the start of banks and banking, with a side trip to how US money is printed.



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    Here’s an article about the printing of money in the US.



    Journey to Circulation



    Here’s a bit about how the federal reserve decided how much new money to order for 2024.



    Federal Reserve Board - Currency Print Orders



    Here’s a nice outline of the history of banking.



    The history of banking from ancient times to now



    And here’s a video, obviously meant for children, about how banking got started.



    HISTORY OF BANKS

    • 9 min
    Ep 410: Pick a card

    Ep 410: Pick a card

    Pick a card



    Join us for the beginnings of paper money and fiat currency.



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    Check out our latest attempt at Episode One.



    Take 159 of Episode One: Got Milk?





    Here are a couple of articles about the use of playing cards as money.



    A Good Deal



    Playing-Card Money



    And here’s a video about the invention of paper money.



    Inventing Paper Money

    • 18 min
    Ep409: Coin flips and clips

    Ep409: Coin flips and clips

    Coin flips and clips



    Join us as we attempt to figure out where the first coins came from.



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    Here are a couple of things on Roman coins.



    Coin Production in the Roman World



    Ancient Roman Coins: More Than Just Money



    Rome: A Thousand Years of Monetary History



    And here’s a bit about what might be the first ever coins.



    The Coinage of Ephesus

    • 14 min

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