Listen To This: 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

How we got to now.

It’s incredible how much of our modern infrastructure is taken for granted as merely a by-product of inevitable technological progress.

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, a new weekly podcast series from the BBC, offers a gentle antidote to this dangerous mindset by elegantly distilling the history of inventions, ideas, and innovations which have helped create the economic world we live in.

The show’s writers pen simple, understandable prose, which is greatly enhanced by excellent sound design and the superb narration of economist Tim Harford. Each installment is short too, making for easy listening amidst the busyness of everyday life.

Jumpstart things off by giving this episode about batteries a listen.