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  • The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene | Lydia V. Pyne,Stephen J. Pyne

    The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lydia V. Pyne, Stephen J. Pyne
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    The Pleistocene is the epoch of geologic time closest to our own. It’s a time of ice ages, global migrations, and mass extinctions - of woolly rhinos, mammoths, giant ground sloths, and not least early species of Homo. It’s the world that created ours. But outside that environmental story there exists a parallel narrative that describes how our ideas about the Pleistocene have emerged.

    Gary says: "A history of the idea of the Ice Age"
  • The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America | Ernest Freeberg

    The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ernest Freeberg
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    The late 19th century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb. Unveiled in his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory in 1879, the light bulb overwhelmed the American public with the sense of the birth of a new age. More than any other invention, the electric light marked the arrival of modernity.

    Ryan says: "Not about ingenuity"
  • In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age | Patricia Cohen

    In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

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    • By Patricia Cohen
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
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    From the New York Times reporter whose beat is culture and ideas comes a fascinating, revelatory, and timely social history of the concept of middle age. For the first time ever, the middle-aged make up the biggest, richest, and most influential segment of the country, yet the history of middle age has remained largely untold. This important and immensely listenable book finally fills the gap.

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