The Golden Record

The Golden Record

Transcript In the 1970s NASA embarked on a mission it had never attempted before. Due to a fortunate alignment of planets, they were going to attempt to send robotic probes on a flyby mission to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, before being sent to deep space, out of the solar system.  Some of the mission …

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The Erfurt Latrine Disaster

The Erfurt Latrine Disaster

Transcript In the year 1184 in the Dutchy of Thuringia, in what is today the country of Germany, a conflict raged between the Count of Thuringia and the Archbishop of Mainz.  To resolve this dispute, the German King Henrich VI called the parties to the city of Erfurt to settle their outstanding issues. Things did …

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The McRib

The McRib

Transcript The musical Brigadoon is about a Scottish village which appears for one day every 100 years. The village can be thought of as a metaphor for things that are fleeting, or why we must take advantage of opportunities when they appear.  Brigadoon doesn’t exist in our world, but we do have the next best …

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The Nuclear Football

The Nuclear Football

Transcript Odds are, if you have ever seen a photo of the president of the United States over the last 60 years, there has been someone in the background or walking a few steps behind, who had in their hand a leather satchel. In that bag was everything the President would need to start armageddon.  …

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The SS Warrimoo

The SS Warrimoo

Transcript In the waning days of the 19th century, a passenger steamer crossing the Pacific Ocean en route from Canada to Australia did a particular thing, at a particular place, at a particular time.  If it wasn’t for a last-second decision of the captain of the ship, we wouldn’t be talking about the ship today …

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