Jack P Taylor's Political and Historical Curiosities
About This Show
I'm Jack a politics and history buff who enjoys learning about the why, how, when, who, and what of our world.
There is no theme, time limit, or other restrictions to this show other than my own attention span and what I find interesting at that time.
This means prior topics include: Presidential desks, submarine communication cables, the last emperor of China and Eurovision.
I hope you choose to listen and if you want to get in touch twitter: @jackptaylor or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most Recent Episode
60. Midgley's Leaded Gasoline
Thomas Midgley Jr. was undoubtedly a great inventor, yet he was far from a great man. Midgley was recognised by J. R. McNeill, a pioneer of the study of environmental history, as having “had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history“. Midgley's inventions have contributed significantly to the 400,000 deaths from lead in the USA each year - with more around the world. On top of this his invention of Chlorofluorocarbons have wrecked our atmosphere In this I examine: Midgley's background, how he came to invent leaded gasoline, how the scientific and regulatory community reacted, and what Midgley did next.