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  1. Chapter 8 – How the Dotcom Bubble Happened | Internet History Podcast

    The background, root causes and rough outline of the dotcom bubble. How it happened, why it happened and why it’s unlikely to happen again anytime soon.

    http://www.internethistorypodcast.com/2017/01/chapter-8-how-the-dotcom-bubble-happened/

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  2. The iPhone

    Surprisingly, Uncle Sam played an essential role in the creation and development of the iPhone - of course, much has been written about the late Steve Jobs and other leading figures at Apple and their role in making the modern icon, and its subsequent impact on our lives. And rightfully so. But who are other key players without whom the iPhone might have been little more than an expensive toy? Tim Harford tells the story of how the iPhone became a truly revolutionary technology.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04hyzm5

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  3. The Shipping Container

    The boom in global trade was caused by a simple steel box. Shipping goods around the world was – for many centuries – expensive, risky and time-consuming. But 60 years ago the trucking entrepreneur Malcolm McLean changed all that by selling the idea of container shipping to the US military. Against huge odds he managed to turn ‘containerisation’ from a seemingly impractical idea into a massive industry – one that slashed the cost of transporting goods internationally and provoked a boom in global trade.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04g1ddh

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  4. The Haber-Bosch Process

    Saving lives with thin air - by taking nitrogen from the air to make fertiliser, the Haber-Bosch Process has been called the greatest invention of the 20th Century – and without it almost half the world’s population would not be alive today. A 100 years ago two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, figured out a way to use nitrogen from the air to make ammonia, which makes fertiliser. It was like alchemy; ‘Brot aus Luft’, as Germans put it, ‘Bread from air’.

    Haber and Bosch both received a Nobel prize for their invention. But Haber’s place in history is controversial – he is also considered the ‘father of chemical warfare’ for his years of work developing and weaponising chlorine and other poisonous gases during World War One.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04f77rg

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  5. Max Roser: Good Data will Make You an Economic Optimist | WIRED 2015 | WIRED

    In order to understand global economics, you need perspective — that’s according to Max Roser, a ‘data visualisation historian’ at the Oxford Martin School. A lot of perspective. The good news is that all this perspective gives a surprisingly optimistic picture about the state of the world.

    Max Roser: Good data will make you an economic optimist | WIRED 2015 | WIRED https://www.youtube.com/wireduk

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  6. ‘“I voted Remain,” said Pooh,’ with Rachel Andrew | Unfinished Business

    I’m warning you now, it’s a very different kind of episode of Unfinished Business this week as Rachel Andrew and I talk about our feelings on the referendum result for the UK to leave the EU. We talk about the issues that will affect us, you and our businesses in the coming months and years and what we’re already doing to help mitigate them.

    http://www.unfinished.bz/121

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  7. Someone Else’s Acid Trip

    As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/freakonomicsradio/~3/uVOduDBYyI8/

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  8. The Limits Of The Digital Revolution: Why Our Washing Machines Won’t Go To The Moon

    David Autor

    David Autor,  Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), joins Social Europe Editor-in-Chief Henning Meyer to discuss the impact of technological changes on the world of work and the wider economy. The discussion highlights why washing machines will not go to the moon any time soon and why the developing world might have more to fear from the digital revolution than rich countries.

    http://www.socialeurope.eu/2015/10/the-limits-of-the-digital-revolution-why-our-washing-machines-wont-go-to-the-moon/

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  9. Is The On-Demand Economy Isolating? | Wisconsin Public Radio

    Around the country, people are using on-demand services in place of going to brick-and-mortar businesses. Joy Cardin speaks to a guest who says that on-demand services are increasingly isolating and are creating shut-ins of some customers. 

    http://www.wpr.org/shows/demand-economy-isolating

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  10. Episode 575: The Fondue Conspiracy : Planet Money : NPR

    The popularity of fondue wasn’t an accident. It was planned by a cartel of Swiss cheese makers, which ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/10/10/355177578/episode-575-the-fondue-conspiracy

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