[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

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[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.

Dec 13, 2020 – Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 337

Description: Nate read the highly influential but now largely forgotten 1888 utopian futurism novel “Looking Backward” by Edward Bellamy, and he discusses it with Bill.

Links and notes for Ep. 337 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/AFD-Ep-337-Links-and-Notes-Edward-Bellamy’s-“Looking-Backward”.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Nov 8, 2020 – The Rise of Bicycles – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 332

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss pedal-assist e-bikes, the rise of bicycles during the Second Industrial Revolution, and the historic role of bikes in feminism and the military.

Links and notes for Ep. 332 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AFD-Ep-332-Links-and-Notes-The-Rise-of-Bicycles.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Sept 13, 2020 – The Pinkertons, Part 2 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 324

Description: In part 2, Bill and Rachel discuss the historic (and present-day) role of the Pinkerton Detectives in infiltrating and disrupting labor unions.

Links and notes for Ep. 324 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFD-Ep-324-Links-and-Notes-The-Pinkertons-Part-2.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.