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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 nugget ...
 
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Fingerprints, DNA, blood spatter, ballistics. Before any of those forensic sciences, investigators and courts had a very different suite of tools for solving crime. On this episode, we're looking at some of them. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here. BUY OUR MERCH, Y…
 
For the last episode of 2020, we're returning to our fair city, Chicago, for the unlikely story of a hard-scrapple hobo who formed his own independent, autonomous district on the non-existent east side of town, which he managed to keep control of for nearly forty years... well, sort of. Visit https://andstillivote.org/YOUR-Story-Matters/ to join th…
 
For The Constant's third birthday, here are three stories out of the secret feed. Medicinal gold, the story of theater's greatest Hamlet, and a melancholy Christmas tale, all for you. Visit https://andstillivote.org/YOUR-Story-Matters/ to join the fight for voting rights today. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://b…
 
In September of 1822, a ship carrying 70 immigrants left London bound for St. Joseph, a bustling city on The Mosquito Coast in the small Central American nation of Poyais. They were followed by hundreds more pilgrims, all looking for a better life. They were about to be severely disappointed. Visit andstillivote.org to join the fight for voting rig…
 
How do you thread the needle between political and apolitical, frivolous and serious, fun and relevant, on this extremely stressful election day? I don't know, but here's an episode about presidential bathtubs. Visit andstillivote.org to join the fight for voting rights today. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://be…
 
It's almost Halloween, so how's about a spooky bonfire tale. The spookiest story from the spookiest place we can think of. The story of Gef, The Talking Mongoose. Visit andstillivote.org to join the fight for voting rights today. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here.…
 
This is the story of the worst American presidential election (so far). Get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus by going to ​ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/theconstant Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here. Music by: Blue Dot Sessions Lee Rosevere Kevin MacLe…
 
In 1899 a plan was hatched. To start a war? To sell newspapers? Or to tear down The Great Wall of China? Get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus by going to ​ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/theconstant Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here. Music by: Blue Dot …
 
You know what you haven't heard enough about recently? How disease spreads. On this episode we finally circle back to the oft mentioned miasma theory, AKA Bad Air Make You Sick. Get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus by going to ​ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/theconstant Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http…
 
There was no Olympics this year, but it's almost the anniversary of the single worst event in the history of the games: The 1904 Olympic Marathon. Get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus by going to ​ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/theconstant Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant V…
 
Some days it feels like we're living at the end of the world. And by "some days" I mean "literally every day ever". Take a ride with us through some of the best apocalypses to never happen! Check out Heather's Youtube series, Art Infusions here! Get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus by going to ​ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/theconstant…
 
Here is a story about the city I love, Chicago. Get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus by going to: ​ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/theconstant Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here. Music by: Blue Dot Sessions Lee Rosevere Kevin MacLeod BenSound…
 
The Earth is Flat! That is the conclusion that many ancient societies once drew. Then, in the 19th century, belief in the flat earth started to return, and in the last decade this easily disprovable fallacy has celebrated a remarkable resurgence. And that's all thanks, in large part, to an 1887 science experiment. This week, for the start of season…
 
Sharks have been known to eat a lot of weird stuff. Fur coats, license plates, cannonballs, chicken coups, even a suit of armor. But the strangest thing ever found within the belly of a shark was... a bundle of papers. Trust me: it's more unbelievable than it sounds. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.c…
 
Two men, two islands, two claims for The North Pole. In part two of The Cold, Hard, Truth we're looking at the expedition formed in the wake of Peary and Cook's battle for The Pole. An expedition formed with the goal of finding Crocker Land, a lost arctic continent, and the truth. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http:…
 
On September 7th, 1909, The New York Times announced that Robert Peary was the first person to ever reach The North Pole. But a week earlier, The New York Herald had said the same thing about Frederick Cook. Only one of them could be right, but which one? And how could you tell for certain? Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visit…
 
In December of 1909, the vice president of a Worcester Massachusetts steamfitting company decided he wanted to fly. This is his story. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstant and entering discount code "theconstant". Visit our Patreon here. Music by: Blue Dot Sessions Lee Rosevere Kevin MacLe…
 
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