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  • Angelic Music: The Story of Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica | Corey Mead

    Angelic Music: The Story of Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Corey Mead
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
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    Benjamin Franklin is renowned for his landmark inventions, including bifocals, the Franklin stove, and the lightning rod. Yet his own favorite invention is unknown to the general public. The glass armonica, the first musical instrument invented by an American, was constructed of stacked glass bowls and played by rubbing one's fingers on the rims. It was so popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries that Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and Strauss composed for it. In Angelic Music, Corey Mead describes how Franklin's instrument fell out of popular favor.

  • War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict | Corey Mead

    War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Corey Mead
    • Narrated By Pat Young
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    How does the U.S. military train its soldiers for new forms of armed conflict, all within the constraints of diminished defense budgets? Increasingly, the answer is cutting-edge video game technology. Corey Mead shows us training sessions where soldiers undertake multiplayer “missions” that test combat skills, develop unit cohesion, and teach cultural awareness. He immerses himself in 3-D battle simulations so convincing that they leave his heart racing.

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