50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
This new series from the BBC World Service features neat 10-minute stories about the inventions and ideas that have formed up the modern economy. These straightforward audio essays are presented with some style, but more plentifully equipped with substance, and in the two available episodes to date, we had heard neither historical nugget before: one featured the diesel engine, the inventor of which died in suspicious circumstances; the other covered the Haber-Bosch Process, which is crucial in the production of fertiliser (and, by extension, the feeding of 7.5 billion mouths). A brisk dose of history, due weekly.
Gateway episodes: The Diesel Engine (5 Nov 2016)