Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brain Food Dude #66

Here is the final episode of the Brain Food Dude podcast. Download here, or find us on itunes. 

History Under the Influence

One of my favorite episodes of Hard Core History covers the topic of drugs and alcohol abuse throughout hisory.

You can find this episode here.


Daniel Okrent just wrote a book about the history of prohibition called "Last Call". This podcast episode of Econ Talk interviews Okrent about not just the rise and fall of prohibition, but also who supported it in the first place (the Klu Klux Klan and the women's suffrage movement were totally in favor of prohibition, while the Jews, Germans, and Catholics were against it). This is a good history lesson, and they make an interesting point that so much public policy is ultimately shaped economics.

Listen now, or download it from itunes. The itunes release date was 6/7/10.

The Mammoth Cheese

Here's on of my favorite episode's ever from The Thomas Jefferson Hour. This show highlights 3 stories about Jefferson, one about a moose, one about a prairie dog, and one about an enormous piece of cheese.

Listen here, or download on itunes. The itunes release date was 12/6/09.
In 1910 the U.S. was hit by the largest wildfire in the country's history, which burned an area the size of Connecticut over the course of a weekend. This episode of Fresh Air discusses the fire, and also has some great tales about Teddy Roosevelt wrestling and skinny dipping (not at the same time).

This episode is no longer available on itunes, but you can listen now.

History of Childhood

On this episode of Planet Money, a history of childhood.

This episode is no longer available on itunes, but you can listen here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Brain Food Dude #65

Brain Food Dude #65 is now available. Listen here, or subscribe on itunes.