BBC 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
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BBC 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

Tim Harford tells the fascinating stories of inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world. From the BBC


Season 1


Plastic

We make so much plastic these days that it takes about eight percent of oil production. And despite its image problem, plastic production is set to double in the next 20 years.

Plastic

We make so much plastic these days that it takes about eight percent of oil production. And despite its image problem, plastic production is set to double in the next 20 years.

08:52

EP41 - S1

20 Jun 21

Paper Money

Tim Harford tells the gripping story of one of the most successful, and important, innovations of all human history: currency which derives value not from the preciousness of the substance of which it is made, but trust in the government which issues it.

Paper Money

Tim Harford tells the gripping story of one of the most successful, and important, innovations of all human history: currency which derives value not from the preciousness of the substance of which it is made, but trust in the government which issues it.

08:52

EP39 - S1

20 Jun 21

Infant Formula

In 1865 Justus von Liebig invented Soluble Food for Babies. It was the world’s first commercial substitute for breastmilk and it has helped to shape the modern workplace.

Infant Formula

In 1865 Justus von Liebig invented Soluble Food for Babies. It was the world’s first commercial substitute for breastmilk and it has helped to shape the modern workplace.

08:52

EP32 - S1

20 Jun 21

Passports

How much might global economic output rise if anyone could work anywhere? Some economists have calculated it would double. But the passport is a relatively recent historical development – and, from a certain angle, an odd one.

Passports

How much might global economic output rise if anyone could work anywhere? Some economists have calculated it would double. But the passport is a relatively recent historical development – and, from a certain angle, an odd one.

08:52

EP29 - S1

20 Jun 21

Contraceptive Pill

The contraceptive pill wasn’t just socially revolutionary, it also allowed women to delay marriage, motherhood and invest in their careers. The consequences of that are profound.

Contraceptive Pill

The contraceptive pill wasn’t just socially revolutionary, it also allowed women to delay marriage, motherhood and invest in their careers. The consequences of that are profound.

08:52

EP23 - S1

20 Jun 21

Video Games

From Spacewar to Pokemon Go, video games – aside from becoming a large industry in their own right – have influenced the modern economy in some surprising ways.

Video Games

From Spacewar to Pokemon Go, video games – aside from becoming a large industry in their own right – have influenced the modern economy in some surprising ways.

08:51

EP20 - S1

20 Jun 21

Robot

Robots threaten the human workforce, but their ubiquity and growing competence, dexterity and efficiency make them crucial to the modern economy.

Robot

Robots threaten the human workforce, but their ubiquity and growing competence, dexterity and efficiency make them crucial to the modern economy.

08:53

EP18 - S1

20 Jun 21

Google

The words 'clever' and 'death' crop up less often than 'Google' in conversation. And the US tech giant’s algorithm may well shape our access to knowledge for generations to come.

Google

The words 'clever' and 'death' crop up less often than 'Google' in conversation. And the US tech giant’s algorithm may well shape our access to knowledge for generations to come.

08:53

EP15 - S1

20 Jun 21

Antibiotics

It’s hard to overstate the impact of antibiotics on the way we live. But the story of antibiotics is a cautionary one. And unhelpful economic incentives are in large part to blame.

Antibiotics

It’s hard to overstate the impact of antibiotics on the way we live. But the story of antibiotics is a cautionary one. And unhelpful economic incentives are in large part to blame.

08:52

EP12 - S1

20 Jun 21

iPhone

The 9thJanuary 2007 saw the announcement of something new - a product that was to become the most profitable in history…. the iPhone. We look at how Uncle Sam played an essential role in the creation and development of the iPhone - as well as Steve Jobs and others at Apple.

iPhone

The 9thJanuary 2007 saw the announcement of something new - a product that was to become the most profitable in history…. the iPhone. We look at how Uncle Sam played an essential role in the creation and development of the iPhone - as well as Steve Jobs and others at Apple.

08:43

EP05 - S1

20 Jun 21

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