Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy podcasters Matt Apodaca (‘How Did This Get Played?’, UCB) and Andrew Ti (‘Yo, Is This Racist?’, Sub-Optimal Pods) for a look at why concrete is secretly incredibly fascinating.
Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week’s bonus episode.
LINKS FOR THE GUESTS:
- Sub-Optimal Pods
- Yo, Is This Racist?
- How Did This Get Played? (Earwolf)
- Candy Dinner
- What’s With These Homies Talkin’ About Weezer
RESOURCES USED TO INFORM THE EPISODE’S LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
- A brief history of concrete: from 10,000BC to 3D printed houses (The Guardian)
- Why Heated Concrete Can Explode Like Popcorn (Mental Floss)
- How does popcorn work? (HowStuffWorks)
- Death stick (Wookieepedia)
- High Galactic (Wookieepedia)
- UK study shows waste plastic can replace sand in concrete (TheEngineer.uk)
- Taschen’s World Architecture: The Roman Empire by Henri Stierlin
- Atlas Of The Roman World by Tim Cornell and John Matthews
- Concrete’s Role As A Building Block In History (NPR)
- Seawater is the secret to long-lasting Roman concrete (Nature)
- Why modern mortar crumbles, but Roman concrete lasts millennia (Science)
- To improve today’s concrete, do as the Romans did (UC Berkeley News)
- ScienceShot: Did Lead Poisoning Bring Down Ancient Rome? (Science)
- Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth (The Guardian)
- 99% Invisible podcast: “Built On Sand”
- The World Is Running Out of Sand (The New Yorker)
- Human-made materials now equal weight of all life on Earth (National Geographic)
- Paris or China: Can you tell real thing from replica? (CNN Travel)
- China’s Manhattan Knock-Off (The Atlantic)
- China’s fake European cities have been transformed into something much more interesting (Slate)
- Netflix’s Fear City Hints at Trump’s Mob Connections. The Real Story Goes Even Deeper. (Esquire)
- Material Politics Of New York: From The Mafia’s Concrete Club To ISIS (CUNY Graduate Center)
About the show
A weekly podcast about the history, science, lore and surprises that make everyday things secretly incredibly fascinating. Hosted by comedy writer, emoji creator, and ‘Jeopardy!‘ champion Alex Schmidt. Join Alex & his co-host Katie Goldin for a joyful deep dive into seeing the world a whole new way!
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