July 18, 2021 – Pneumatic Tubes – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 389

Description: For a brief moment in time, during the transition from the first to the second industrial revolution, it looked like pneumatic tubes might be the next wave of the future. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss.

Notes and links for Ep. 389 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AFD-Ep-389-Links-and-Notes-Pneumatic-Tubes.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Unlocked] July 6, 2021 – Steam Donkey – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 387

Bill and Rachel ask: What is a steam donkey?

Links and notes for Ep. 387 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Bonus-AFD-Ep-387-Links-and-Notes-Steam-Donkey.pdf

Past Patreon episodes will soon be unlocked and bonus episodes are ending for now. You can still support the show for $3/month on Patreon.

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

May 23, 2021 – The Sugar Trust – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 376

Description: From 1887 to 1921, sugar refining in the United States was dominated by a near-monopoly. Bill, Rachel, and Kelley discuss.

Notes and links for Ep. 376 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/AFD-Ep-376-Links-and-Notes-The-Sugar-Trust.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Apr 27, 2021 – Forest Products – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 369

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel examine the evolution of the US timber industry during the Second Industrial Revolution away from raw material supply to mass-produced, manufactured forest products.

[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.