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The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong

Author: Mark Chrisler

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Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests?

The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.
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Holy Toledo

Holy Toledo

2021-07-2701:09:29

Ohio versus Michigan! It's a familiar rivalry. But this week, it's not a football game: it's a war, fought over the city of Toledo.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstantListen to Follow Friday!Visit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Epidemic Sound
Map & Territory

Map & Territory

2021-07-1353:061

A perfect map is a useless map, but imperfect maps are how myths get made. Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstantGet 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting: http://betterhelp.com/theconstantGet 30 days of Literati for 99 cents by going to literati.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Epidemic SoundLee Rosevere
For our 100th episode, we're going back and remastering some of very first stories. If you're looking for a place to start listening, this is it. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee Rosevere
The Lead Age

The Lead Age

2021-06-1501:14:32

Clair Cameron Patterson discovered the true age of the Earth, and in the process, the greatest environmental catastrophe in human history.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantGet a free trial of Literati by going to literati.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Epidemic SoundBlue Dot SessionsLee Rosevere
It's a Date

It's a Date

2021-06-0101:08:09

How old is the world? There're only fifteen or twenty ways to find out!Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstantGet 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantGet a free trial of Literati by going to literati.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Epidemic Sound
Here it is! The Big Bad Boys of Death Ray History: Axis vs. Allies, Marconi vs. Tesla, and barely anything about the mysterious Japanese WWII monkey shortage that is picking the inside of my brain bloody. Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstantGet 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Epidemic Sound
Death Rays

Death Rays

2021-05-0401:09:52

This one does what it says on the tin: instantly kills you with a beam of indeterminate provenance! What other podcast can promise that? Aside from Roman Mars, obviously.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereEpidemic Sound
Nobody paid much attention to Jean Hardouin in 1729 when he said that all of history was faked. But since then, his message has found a lot more receptive ears. Meet your newest conspiratorial friends: The Chronology Truthers. Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstantGet 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereEpidemic Sound
It's All a Lie

It's All a Lie

2021-04-0648:563

What if I told you everything you knew was a lie? Okay, well what if a 17th century French librarian told you everything you knew was a lie?Check out Don't Stop for Monkeys, or else.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereKevin MacLeodI SolipsistiYarhkobJoohyun Park
Zoo Story

Zoo Story

2021-03-2301:01:582

On March 8th, 1874, the animals escaped from The Central Park Zoo. Check out Don't Stop for Monkeys, or else.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereKevin MacLeod
Crackpots

Crackpots

2021-03-0939:53

Some things are ordered and some are chaotic. This story is neither.Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstantGet 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereKevin MacLeod
On The Rocks

On The Rocks

2021-02-2351:591

What do the modern flat earth movement, the history of animal experimentation, the invention of civil engineering, ballet, pantomime, and the first British robot all have in common?The Eddystone Lighthouse.Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/theconstantGet 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereKevin MacLeod Voice talent by Heather Chrisler
How to Solve a Murder (Pt 3)

How to Solve a Murder (Pt 3)

2021-02-0901:23:061

We no longer make people walk hot coals, or swim witches, or touch dead bodies. But everything we know about solving crime is still wrong.The National Registry of Exonerations2009 NAS ReportThe Innocence ProjectThe Story of Gary DotsonLeora Smith's excellent reporting on Herbert MacDonell and blood spatterTrial by Fire, David Grann for The New YorkerThe Story of Cameron Todd Willingham via The Chicago TribuneRadley Balko at The Washington PostGet 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereKevin MacLeodBen Sound Voice Talent from:Heather ChrislerCarlo GarciaSteve Peebles
On part two of this three part series on forensics, we're bridging the gap, between the ancient and modern means of solving crimes. How did forensic science get into courts in the first place? And is it actually science at all?Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereJS BachListen to:I Know DinoRumble Strip
How to Solve a Murder (Pt 1)

How to Solve a Murder (Pt 1)

2021-01-1201:06:011

Fingerprints, DNA, blood spatter, ballistics. Before any of those forensic sciences, investigators and courts had a very different suite of tools for solving crime. On this episode, we're looking at some of them. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereKevin MacLeod
Lick The Earth

Lick The Earth

2020-12-1501:09:521

For the last episode of 2020, we're returning to our fair city, Chicago, for the unlikely story of a hard-scrapple hobo who formed his own independent, autonomous district on the non-existent east side of town, which he managed to keep control of for nearly forty years... well, sort of.Visit https://andstillivote.org/YOUR-Story-Matters/ to join the fight for voting rights today.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereKevin MacLeodThe Joy DropsHeftone Banjo Orchestra
For The Constant's third birthday, here are three stories out of the secret feed. Medicinal gold, the story of theater's greatest Hamlet, and a melancholy Christmas tale, all for you. Visit https://andstillivote.org/YOUR-Story-Matters/ to join the fight for voting rights today.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Music by:Blue Dot SessionsLee RosevereKevin MacLeod
Deserted

Deserted

2020-11-1757:282

In September of 1822, a ship carrying 70 immigrants left London bound for St. Joseph, a bustling city on The Mosquito Coast in the small Central American nation of Poyais. They were followed by hundreds more pilgrims, all looking for a better life. They were about to be severely disappointed. Visit andstillivote.org to join the fight for voting rights today.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstantVisit our Patreon here.BUY OUR MERCH, YOU FILTHY ANIMALS!Listen to Historical Blindness hereand Rumble Strip hereMusic by:Blue Dot SessionsLee Rosevere
Presidents in Bathtubs

Presidents in Bathtubs

2020-11-0350:262

How do you thread the needle between political and apolitical, frivolous and serious, fun and relevant, on this extremely stressful election day? I don't know, but here's an episode about presidential bathtubs. Visit andstillivote.org to join the fight for voting rights today.Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here.​Music by:Dana BouleBlue Dot SessionsLee Rosevere
Gef

Gef

2020-10-2049:21

It's almost Halloween, so how's about a spooky bonfire tale. The spookiest story from the spookiest place we can think of. The story of Gef, The Talking Mongoose. Visit andstillivote.org to join the fight for voting rights today. Get 10% off your first month of online counseling by visiting:http://betterhelp.com/theconstant Visit our Patreon here.Music by:Dana BouleBlue Dot SessionsLee Rosevere
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Ðavid Palmer

I am hearing two simultaneous diffrrent audio tracks

Mar 10th
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Alex Murdoch

This is the first episode I have listened to. I had to wonder if the audio problems were intentional.

Mar 10th
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Alexandra Russell

I wondered why he wasn't mentioning the obvious parallels. That last line though, holy shit! Amazing episode

Nov 17th
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Bethany Shafer Boyd

LOVE this podcast and your tag line. Perfect.

Oct 6th
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Happy⚛️Heritic

The Hamster Dance!❣️ I haven't heard that tune for like 20 years. - It was the height of computer graphics at the time.

Sep 23rd
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Happy⚛️Heritic

I can't recommend this podcast enough! The host deserves an award for excellence- his creativeness is outstanding! Five stars all the way. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sep 23rd
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Jae Crumbpacker

I knew where we were heading, but I still felt it full on. Thank you.

Aug 13th
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sune f

Excellent podcast!

Jun 25th
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cai fasse

Great episode, Mark!

May 13th
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