From the Vault: Early Days Electric, Part 1

Depiction of Early 18th Century Electrical Experiments. © Leonard de Selva/Corbis

Electricity lost its magic over the course the 18th and 19th centuries. The "invisible fire" steadily transitioned from a mysterious force of wonder to a mundane reality of daily modern life. In this two-part edition of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the various electrical experiments, stunts, inventions, performances, innovations, occultisms and atrocities that transformed the tractable thunder. (Originally published Feb 9, 2016)

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Topics in this Podcast: electricity, history, technology, From the Vault