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Episode 9:
Ben Franklin Death Ray

Apr 11, 2009

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That’s “The Faire Folk” by Lightning Bolt. Who are among of the best things about being from Providence, Rhode Island.

I first heard about the British fear of Franklin when I interviewed a Harvard Professor named Joyce Chaplin about her book The First Scientific American for a public affairs show out here in L.A.. It’s archived:

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15 Comments on Ben Franklin Death Ray

  1. John G says:

    Awesome. Good fit with the Lightning Bolt. Probably listen to Ride the Skies for the rest of the afternoon. This is a great podcast.

  2. rob says:

    This is a great series. love to hear more.

  3. Mat Keel says:

    “So suck it…..”

    Made me laugh out loud. (if only there were some kind of a convenient acronym to describe doing just that)

  4. lowman says:

    you are a genius.
    i love the memory palace. can’t wait for more / am waiting for more.

  5. freeenterprisechic micjiffy says:

    You do know that Glen Beck uses a cut up snake for his 912 project don’t you?

  6. roman says:

    Glen Beck can suck it.

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  8. suicidalsioux says:

    Your SHARE IT email site DOES NOT WORK!!!!! FIX IT!!!

  9. admin says:

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  10. Josh says:

    Fantastic work on the podcast – loved it. My one quibble your omission of Franklin’s advocacy of cold-air baths. Which is actually the coolest thing about him (not the death rays), but seems to not even have warranted a mention. Sad.

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  12. Andrew says:

    It seems like the episode is gone. Any idea how those of us late to the party can listen?

  13. admin says:

    Thanks for pointing it out. Should be fixed now.

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  15. Sally says:

    Loved the fast paced, dicing and dealing tone of this piece. You rock!