Join us in learning about Napoleon's conquest of Egypt before his international rise to fame. With everything from mass naval campaigns to vast systems of propaganda, Ross walks us through a little remembered chapter in French history and the incredible efforts by Napoleon to paint himself as an Islamic savior.
Jeremy explains the origins of everything- the dramatic story of how an endless expanse of diffuse hydrogen was forged into the complex and dynamic universe of today, all through the thermonuclear furnace of stars.
Ross describes the unknown past behind the atomic bomb. After the United States dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, most Americans grew used to the idea that we did it to end the war and save U.S. lives. But where did this idea come from and does it have any truth to it? Check out this episode of Microcosm to learn about how technology, politics, and the press created a gap between common knowledge and historical fact.
Jeremy explains some of the mechanisms and mysteries behind one of nature's greatest disappearing acts- the cephalopod. What gives fascinating animals like octopuses and squids the world's most versatile camouflage? Listen on to find out!
Ross explores the Great Leap Forward in China under Mao Zedong, an unprecedented push for rapid industrialization that turned into utter demographic disaster. One embodiment from this effort, the backyard furnace, stands as the perfect emblem of the denial and delusion that ultimately turned the Great Leap Forward into one of history's greatest leaps backward.
Jeremy explores the incredible world of fungi. From the trees in your backyard to the ant colonies of Costa Rica, fungi are far more pervasive and complex than just your average mushroom, and play a hidden role in much more than you may suspect.