We have all read stories about Google or the iPhone and probably also about antibiotics. But what about concrete or shipping containers? Hosted by British economist Tim Hardorf, the “50 things that made the modern economy” podcast sheds new understanding on ideas, inventions and innovations that have changed and helped to build the world we live in.
Short, brilliant, entertaining, this BBC World Service production soon became a hit after its launch in November 2016. Filled with facts, the micro-documentaries unveil the stories and economic and historical notes behind familiar objects and processes whose real impact we often fail to grasp.
You can (re)discover the 50 things that made the modern economy here. Trust us: you will never look at a clock, a barcode or the diesel engine the same way again.