TSP132 – Time Trek: Pasteurization – Don’t cry over ‘spoilt’ milk.

 
 
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The invisible universe of the biome became more visible through the work of many 19th century scientific researchers. One of the preeminent adventurers into the microbial world, Louis Pasteur unveiled the essential role micro-organisms play in the healthy functioning of our ecosystems. Famous for the process of pasteurization, Pasteur was also instrumental in breaking new ground in the vaccine and hygiene domains.

Duration – 35:52

Includes: YouTube excerpts with comic Orny Adams – ‘I Was Raised on Germs’ & comic George Carlin – ‘Fear of Germs’

TSP129 – Time Trek: F’ Me, F’ You – The history of pejoratives.

 
 
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The history of pejoratives touches on religion, social mores and political correctness, vividly expressing strong emotions or sentiments. The use of swear words was well accepted up until the Renaissance, after which these so-called ‘dirty’ words became ostracized, litigated, and otherwise suppressed. EXPLICIT CONTENT

Duration – 36:47

Additional YouTube segment featuring swear words in different languages.

TSP123 – Time Trek: What a difference a year makes.

 
 
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We hop in our time machine and come out Sept 11, 2021, a year after the all clear was given on the COVID-19 Pandemic and we have witnessed numerous changes for the better, and some for the worse. From the micro to the macro, we’ve undergone a variety of transformations on a scale previously unimagined.

Duration – 30:53

VoxBox: YouTube Segment – Corona Lockdown! Can Anything Positive Come From This? with Russell Brand

TSP120 – Time Trek: Hagia Sophia – Church of the holy wisdom.

 
 
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For almost fifteen hundred years, the largest basilica in the world, Hagia Sophia, was at the spiritual centre of both the Christian and Muslim worlds. An architectural wonder, it inspired builders and designers of sacred spaces for centuries.

Duration – 24:45

Includes: NPR excerpt – The Sound Of The Hagia Sophia, More Than 500 Years Ago.

TSP107 – Time Trek: The Yo-Yo – Spinnin’ wheel got to go round.

 
 
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Surprisingly, the modern toy called the Yo-yo has a long venerable history. From ancient China, to Napoleon’s France, to Richard Nixon at the Grand Ole Opry, this toy for all ages continues to fascinate and entertain.

Duration – 22:03

VoxBox: On YouTube, Doctor Lucky Meisenheimer – Inside The World’s Biggest YoYo Collection

Music Credit: Blood, Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel

TSP102 – Time Trek: Encoding, foreboding?

 
 
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Starting with Morse code in the mid 19th century the beginnings of encoding technology eventually evolved into the ubiquitous use of barcodes today. This mini revolution has ramifications well beyond retail convenience and routine record keeping.

Duration – 24:44

VoxBox: Youtube segment with comedian James May rambling about barcodes and supermarkets

Music Credit: The Five Americans – Western Union

TSP088 – Time Trek: Ikebana – Time for reflection.

 
 
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The birth of Ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arranging, dates back to the 7th century. Combining the mindfulness of the Buddhist traditions with Shinto’s connection to nature, this refined art form can offer the West unexpected insights into the essence of life.

Duration – 29:17

VoxBox: Audio segments from YouTube – Kung Fu episode

Music Credit: Kingston Trio – Where Have All The Flowers Gone

TSP083 – Time Trek: Degeneracy trumps Fascism.

 
 
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Out of the ashes of the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s National Socialist Party rose to absolute power, and immediately set out to cleanse the nation, of all “anti-Aryan” culture. The Degenerate Art Show of 1937, exemplified this highly calculated program.

Duration: 27:34

VoxBox: Audio segments from YouTube – Doug Stanhope on nationalism & Ursonate – Kurt Schwitters – ARTE Creative

Music Credit: Dogcatmouse Singers – Der Kommisar