[Preview] Apr 19, 2021 – The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 367

Full episode on Patreon. Bill and Rachel found the most amazing, still-active web 1.0 history website, and now we can tell you all about the sweeping implications of the transatlantic telegraph cable of 1866.

Apr 11, 2021 – The Race for Rubber – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 364

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Nate discuss the industrialization of natural rubber use and its consequences for people in the global south.

Links and notes for Ep. 364 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AFD-Ep-364-The-Race-for-Rubber.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Apr 6, 2021 – General Averell’s Asphalt Empire – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 363

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel learn what asphalt is and how failed Civil War General William Woods Averell became an asphalt paving magnate by the end of the 19th century.

[Preview] Mar 9, 2021 – Early Air Conditioning – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 357

Full episode on Patreon: Air conditioning began as a process for controlling humidity in industrial factory processes before it became about cooler human comforts. But it was also a key part of the military-industrial complex. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Mar 7, 2021 – The Industrialization of Music – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 356

Description: From tin pan alley sheet music and player pianos to phonograph records, Muzak, and corporate consolidation, the history of the American music industry is the history of US industrial development after the Civil War. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 356 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/AFD-Ep-356-Links-and-Notes-The-Industrialization-of-Music.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Unlocked] Feb 2, 2021 – Early US Rail Electrification (feat. Justin from WTYPP) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 347

Bonus episode: Justin from “Well There’s Your Problem” joins Bill in our time machine to travel to the far-distant technologically-advanced United States in 1938, when the US was the global leader in railroad electrification. Subscribe at Patreon.

Notes for Ep. 347 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Bonus-AFD-Ep-347-Links-and-Notes-Early-US-Rail-Electrification-feat-Justin-from-WTYPP.pdf

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[Unlocked] Jan 20, 2021 – Let’s talk about cans, baby – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 343

Unlocked bonus episode: US history textbooks often mention that one of the most recognizable features of the Second Industrial Revolution was the rise of consumer canned food goods. Why is that and why didn’t it happen earlier? Bill and Rachel. Subscribe on Patreon.

Links and notes for Ep. 343 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Bonus-AFD-Ep-343-Links-and-Notes-Lets-Talk-About-Cans-Baby-The-Invention-of-Double-Seam-Canning.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.