DiscoverEnglish Learning for Curious Minds[BONUS: REPLAY] The Rise of Air Conditioning
[BONUS: REPLAY] The Rise of Air Conditioning

[BONUS: REPLAY] The Rise of Air Conditioning

Update: 2022-07-275
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It has gone from luxury to necessity, and there are over 2 billion air conditioning units in the world today.

In this episode, we'll take a look at how air conditioning got started, why people didn't mind being hot in the past, and what the true cost of staying cool might be for future generations.



  • Staying cool is nothing new: Romans & Egyptian methods

  • Ding Huan & the rotating fan

  • Why people were afraid of creating cold artificially

  • How the Dutch magician Cornelis Drebbel tricked King James I in 1620

  • Benjamin Franklin getting sweaty one July in Philadelphia

  • Primitive air conditioning by pumping air over ice

  • Did people actually mind that there was no air conditioning?

  • Willis H. Carrier & the first air conditioning unit

  • Convincing the US public that it was something they needed

  • 1920s sweaty American cinemas

  • Spending $600,000 on an air conditioning unit in 1932

  • The boom of air conditioning in the US

  • How many households around the world have air conditioning in 2021?

  • The impact of air conditioning: the good, the bad & the unexpected

  • Environmental impact of air conditioning

  • Future of air conditioning in the developing world

  • New air conditioning technologies: high & low tech 

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/air-conditioning


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[BONUS: REPLAY] The Rise of Air Conditioning

[BONUS: REPLAY] The Rise of Air Conditioning

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