The Dusty Den Book Club

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Month: August 2017

Ep 12 – The War of Currents and “Empires of Light,” Pt.2

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This is the second and final part of the discussion on Jill Jonnes’s, Empires of Light.  Part 1 (episode 10) dealt with an introduction to the historical figures, Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse, taken from Jonnes’s book and other sources.  In this part 2, I focus more specifically on the narrative she creates in her book, and take you through the journey of these three titans of the electric industry.  I have a few qualms with the author’s point of view on economics, but I barely touch on them.  Instead I focus on all the aspects of the book I like.  It really is a great read.  You feel like your reading a novel, and she paints a robust picture of this epic and dense time in American history.

The next episode will be on the new, timely, and incredibly important Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, by the awesome Scott Horton.  The title is self explanatory, but Horton gives you an education on the matter you will appreciate.

Next episode – Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, by the awesome Scott Horton.

On deck – The Myth of the Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan (With Dave!)

In the hole – Back to fiction!  I’ll announce this after Dave and I select a book…

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Ep 11 – Talking “Blade Runner,” and Why Deckard Is a Replicant!

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This is a simple episode, nothing too crazy.  I had a plan to debate the topic with Kristaps over at The Eastern Border Podcast, but we couldn’t get it done due to scheduling conflicts, so I just pushed through solo.

A while back I had a debate on a common topic regarding Ridley Scott’s 1982 science-fiction film Blade Runner.  Is Deckard a replicant?  That is the question.  I believe so.  No matter where they come down on the issue,  fans of science-fiction film admire Blade Runner as a beautiful classic.  This was a fun episode, and I’m glad I took a break from podcasting about literature.  This is light hearted and I hope you enjoy it, as it’s a bit different from my usual fare.

A special thanks to Jim Cunagin for becoming a Patreon supporter.  Thanks Jim!  You can hear Jim on The Dangerous History Podcast Episode 129 – The Phycology of Power & Obedience with Prof CJ.  It’s a great episode!

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Next episode – The War of Currents and “Empires of Light,” Part.2

On Deck – The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies by Bryan Caplan (With Dave!)

In The Hole – Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan by Scott Horton

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Ep 10 – The War of Currents and “Empires of Light,” Pt.1

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This episode of the Dusty Den Podcast is an overview of the historical figures covered in Jill Jonnes’s book Empires of Light.  I discuss the lives of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse, and also touch on some terms the book deals with like direct current, alternating current, arc lighting, and the induction motor.  This episode is really just a setup for the next show which will be more dedicated to the book’s historical narrative.

These men were pioneers of electrical power, and their story is fascinating.  Jonnes’s book is captivating, and brings the stories of all three men to life and reveals things you never would have known about them.  Her work is well sourced and reads like a novel, but make no mistake, this is pure history.  It’s the history of “the race to electrify the world.”

Next episode – The War of Currents and “Empires of Light,” Part.2

On deck – Blade Runner film discussion (Deckard is a replicant)

In the hole – The Myth of the Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan (With Dave!)

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