dchiles / tags / technology

Tagged with “technology” (3)

  1. Podcast Episode 85: Raising Chicago - Futility Closet

    Podcast Episode 85: Raising Chicago

    Please consider becoming a patron of Futility Closet — on our Patreon page you can pledge any amount per episode, and all contributions are greatly appreciated. You can change or cancel your pledge at any time, and we’ve set up some rewards to help thank you for your support.

    You can also make a one-time donation via the Donate button in the sidebar of the Futility Closet website.

    In 1868, visiting Scotsman David Macrae was astonished to see Chicago transforming itself — dozens of buildings were transplanted to the suburbs, and hotels weighing hundreds of tons were raised on jackscrews. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll follow the city’s astounding 20-year effort to rid itself of sewage and disease.

    We’ll also learn how a bear almost started World War III and puzzle over the importance of a ringing phone.

    Sources for our feature on the raising of Chicago:

    David Young, “Raising the Chicago Streets Out of the Mud,” Chicago Tribune, date strangely withheld (retrieved Dec. 7, 2015).

    Robin Einhorn, “Street Grades, Raising,” Encyclopedia of Chicago (accessed Dec. 6, 2015).

    Josiah Seymour Currey, Chicago: Its History and Its Builders, 1918.

    Alfred Theodore Andreas, History of Chicago: Ending With the Year 1857, 1884.

    David Macrae, The Americans at Home, 1870.

    There’s a very extensive collection of contemporaneous news accounts here.

    Listener mail:

    Aaron Tovish, “The Okinawa Missiles of October,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Oct. 25, 2015.

    Wikipedia, “Norwegian Rocket Incident” (retrieved Dec. 12, 2015).

    Wikipedia, “Volk Field Air National Guard Base” (retrieved Dec. 12, 2015).

    Chris Hubbuch, “False Alarm: How a Bear Nearly Started a Nuclear War,” La Crosse [Wis.] Tribune, Jan. 30, 2009.

    This week’s lateral thinking puzzle is from Matthew Johnstone’s 1999 book What’s the Story?

    You can listen using the player above, download this episode directly, or subscribe on iTunes or via the RSS feed at http://feedpress.me/futilitycloset.

    Many thanks to Doug Ross for the music in this episode.

    If you have any questions or comments you can reach us at podcast@futilitycloset.com. Thanks for listening!

    TwitterFacebookGoogleRedditPinterest

    December 14, 2015  |  History, Technology, Podcast

    http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/12/14/podcast-episode-85-raising-chicago/

    —Huffduffed by dchiles

  2. Show Me Your Mic #52: This is Calm Dan - Dan Benjamin - Goodstuff FM

    Dan Benjamin returns for another chat with Chris Enns to talk compression, DBX 286s, Skype mix/minus, redacting Heil from podcasting, and what Patreon brings to the table for podcasters and 5by5.

    http://goodstuff.fm/smym/52

    —Huffduffed by dchiles

  3. 5by5 | The Frequency #161: It Lives In The Couch

    Haddie Cooke and Dan Benjamin ARE BACK with tons of things to cover.

    http://5by5.tv/frequency/161

    —Huffduffed by dchiles