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Tesla: The Life and Times Podcast
72 minutes | 3 months ago
028 - War of the Currents: Part 8 - Victory Niagara (1893-1897)
It's the endgame of the War of the Currents! After their betrayal by the Cataract Construction Company, Tesla and Westinghouse finally secure the contract to harness Niagara Falls. They won the war and changed the world.
63 minutes | 5 months ago
027 - War of the Currents Part 7: Hail Hydro (1889-1893)
No one wanted to harness Niagara Falls for hydroelectric power longer than Tesla himself. But he and Westinghouse faced liars, cheats, and thieves as they fought to win the final battle of the War of the Currents. Hail hydro!
46 minutes | 6 months ago
026 - Tesla - In Tesla's Laboratory (1894)
Tesla, at the height of his fame, hobnobs with the Gilded Age's 1%. He hosts exclusive events after-hours in his lab, gets up to unusual experiments with Mark Twain, and reveals himself a consummate trickster...
43 minutes | 7 months ago
025 - Tesla - A Star Is Born (1894)
Tesla reputation as a leading man of electrical science grows, and publications and accolades come his way by the handful, thanks in no small part to the help of T.C. Martin, his friend, editor, and hype man.
21 minutes | 8 months ago
024b - Tesla Goes to the Movies: MacGyver
What happens when a rebooted MacGyver and a John Turturro-lookalike as Tesla meet up deep in MacGyver's subconscious? Is MacGyver's mom evil? Was Telsa's hair ever that slick? It's the latest episode of our sub-podcast, "Tesla Goes to the Movies"!
26 minutes | a year ago
024a - Tesla Goes to the Movies: Doctor Who
What happens when everyone's favourite electrical pioneer meets up with everyone's favourite Time Lord? Why, the world gets saved, of course! Join us for this first sub-episode in our new occasional side podcast "Tesla Goes to the Movies"!
58 minutes | a year ago
024 - Tesla - Good Vibrations (1893)
Just what was Tesla up to on the side while working with Westinghouse on both the World’s Fair and the bid to win the contract to electrify Niagara Falls?
18 minutes | a year ago
Tesla in the Time of Coronavirus (Update Episode)
Updates, update, updates...
100 minutes | 2 years ago
023 - Tesla - Tesla in the White City (1893)
It was the Fair That Changed America. And it was the chance for Tesla and Westinghouse to show the world the power of their AC system. The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition made Tesla a household name and changed his life forever.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
022 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 6: The Battle of Chicago (1892)
Westinghouse makes an 11th-hour bid to electrify the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 with Tesla's AC system and GE will do anything to torpedo the deal. Welcome to Thunderdome: two bids enter, one bid leaves...
40 minutes | 2 years ago
021 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 5: The Second Front (1890 - 1892)
Edison and Westinghouse battle over lightbulbs and high finance as we return to the trenches of the War of the Currents, and see how the war whittled itself down from fifteen combatants to just two...
47 minutes | 3 years ago
020 - Tesla - A Most Painful Ordeal (1892)
Tesla's trip to the Continent would take an emotional and physical toll that he couldn't have imagined. But he nevertheless returned from Europe with the big idea that would dominate the rest of his career.
45 minutes | 3 years ago
019 - Tesla - Order of the Flaming Sword (1891-1892)
When his colleagues in the AC field start turning on him, Tesla uses an invitation to lecture in London to reassert his place as the inventor of the AC motor and to dazzle Victorian London with all-new discoveries.
42 minutes | 3 years ago
018 - Tesla - The Greatest Show On Earth (1891)
Tesla the Showman knocks 'em dead at the AIEE with a lecture for the ages and a breathtaking demonstration of high frequency AC. It was his ticket to fame and celebrity.
48 minutes | 3 years ago
017 - Tesla - The Biggest Mistake Nikola Tesla Ever Made (1890-1891)
Fresh from his return from Europe, Tesla goes on an inventing spree and dabbles in high-frequency currents. But when George Westinghouse comes calling and pleads poverty, Tesla makes a fateful and costly mistake...
36 minutes | 3 years ago
016 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 4: The Executioner's Current (1889-1890)
The War of the Currents enters its most ghoulish and macabre phase: when the combatants were willing to play with a man’s life. William Kemmler became the first person put to death by deliberate electrocution. Viewer discretion is very much advised.
29 minutes | 3 years ago
015 - Telsa - War of the Currents Part 3: Shock & Awe (1888-1889)
When New York became the first state to execute people using the electric chair, Edison and his DC supporters would do anything to ensure it was alternating current that powered “Old Sparky”…
39 minutes | 3 years ago
014 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 2: First Casualties (1888)
War is hell, even when it's the War of the Currents. Harold Brown's campaign against AC turns deadly, as he conducts gruesome electrical experiments on stray dogs, and helps set the stage for New York's first electric chair...
30 minutes | 3 years ago
013 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 1: Opening Salvo (1886-1888)
The War of the Currents begins! Edison uses every dirty trick he can think of in the struggle for DC dominance vs. the AC upstart. There can be only one (format)!
33 minutes | 3 years ago
012 - Tesla - Tesla in Steel City (1889)
Did the Westinghouse engineers want Tesla to fail in Pittsburgh? He went to consult, but all Tesla found was a hornet's nest of resentment, ego, and competing agendas. And what was Edison up to now that Westinghouse was a threat to his DC business? A current war is in the offing...
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