Climate Control: Show Segments
The following are individual show segments included in the BackStory episode “Climate Control: A History of Heating and Cooling”, revised and rebroadcast in August 2012. You can listen to the entire episode here.
Left in the Cold
Brian talks with Dan Filene, who lives in Maine in a house without central heating and blogs about his experiences at Cold House Journal.
It’s Getting Hot in Here
The History Guys talk with Howell Harris about the introduction of the Franklin stove into the American home and the ensuing stove revolution.
Peter, Ed, and Brian take a phone call from a listener.
The History Guys continue their chat with Howell Harris, learning what winter was like before the stove revolution, and Peter, Ed, and Brian unpack the tension between comfort and family values.
The Ice King
BackStory contributing producer Catherine Moore tells the story of the man who introduced ice cubes into our beverages.
Peter, Ed, and Brian take a call from a listener.
Senior Producer Tony Field’s grandfather (born in in 1917) remembers experiencing air conditioning for the first time in New York City’s movie theater, and the History Guys talk with Gail Cooper about the history of air conditioning.