Many people have a rather vague sense of what Europe actually is and easily equate it with ‘Brussels’. The Making Europe Podcast Series challenges your understanding of modern European history and how the European Union came to be. Discover the Making Europe book authors’ personal experiences and interests to writing their books and let them reveal to you the alternative, unheard of and accessible stories from the history of technology that shaped the Europe we know today.
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Episode 6. Europeans Globalising
In this episode of the Making Europe Podcast Series, Maria Paula Diogo and Dirk van Laak, authors of the book "Europeans Globalizing", reflect upon the views of non-Western countries on European technologies and innovations and how this has mediated European influence across the world.
Episode 5. Communicating Europe
In this episode, Andreas Fickers, co-author of the book Communicating Europe, describes how the radio became a mass medium and "a piece of furniture" that was found in every living room. He outlines how the users of the radio have co-constructed the way the medium developed, and how the act of radio listening became part of a new way of being European.
Episode 4. Writing the Rules for Europe
In this Podcast episode Making Europe series editor and co-author of the volume Writing the Rules for Europe, Johan Schot, brings to you the story of Englebert Hondelink, a technical expert who contributed to restoring peace in Europe after the Second World War. Johan Schot addresses why current decision making structures in the EU urgently need rethinking, and why it remains so challenging to create a much needed European identity as he calls for the European Union to redefine itself in order to approach the great challenges (migration, climate change and growing inequality) we’re facing today.
Episode 3. Europe’s Infrastructure Transition
Book authors Per Högselius, Erik van der Vleuten and Arne Kaijser bring to you the story of the Nordstream Natural Gaspipeline and illustrate how transnational infrastructure projects are utilized as symbols of peace and friendly cooperation across continents. They also ellaborate on their personal fascination for researching and writing about the infrastructures that have built Europe as we know it today.
Episode 2. Building Europe on Expertise
In this episode co-authors Helmuth Trischler and Martin Kohlrausch introduce the devastating story of Europe's 1971 attempt to launch a rocket into space. They explain how this catastrophe could happen and the crucial role that experts played in it. They furthermore dwell on the role and perception of experts in the past, present and future and how they are more important than ever to tackle the challenges the world is facing today.
Episode 1. Consumers, Tinkerers, Rebels
In this episode, the Making Europe book authors Ruth Oldenziel and Mikael Hård, bring to you the fascinating stories of mid-19th-century train users, and how these impacted our travelling experiences today. Look at the making of Europe through the lens of consumers, tinkerers and rebels – ordinary people who in their usage, adaptation and rebelling of technologies influenced the ways in which Europe was made and experienced. Let Ruth Oldenziel and Mikael Hård talk you through the key takeaways of their book and gain unique insights into the work of these passionate scholars.
The Making Europe podcast series complements the Making Europe book series. This episode is based on the Making Europe volume “Consumers, Tinkerers, Rebels – The People Who Shaped Europe”.
For more information and extensive show notes, please visit: https://www.makingeurope.eu/podcasts/consumers-tinkerers-rebels