In honor of the fourth of July, and to take advantage of the long summer days, we’ve compiled an entertaining collection of summer-themed podcasts.
In the podcast episode entitled “13 Reasons for the American Revolution,” the Stuff You Missed in History Class hosts delve into the many motivations for the American Revolution that started in 1765. There is a misconception that the main reason for the American Revolution was the lack of representation (hence the famous saying “no taxation without representation”), but there is more to the American Revolution than that. Listen to the podcast here.
One of the hallmarks of summer in the United States is the enticing, smoky scent of backyard barbecues grilling up hot dogs and burgers. Freakonomics Radio touches upon America’s love of cheeseburgers with the episode “The Cheeseburger Diet,” which follows one woman’s quest to find the best burger in town, and what her experiment can teach us about how to eat smarter. Listen to the podcast here.
Ice cream is a favorite treat for hot summer days, but how did ice cream come to be? In “We All Scream for Ice Cream” from Stuff You Missed in History Class, you can learn about the multi-cultural history of ice cream, and how it came to be such a popular treat in the United States, where 1.6 billon gallons of ice cream are produced annually. Listen to the podcast here.
To help keep your mind off the heat, why not listen to a podcast about icebergs? In “How Icebergs Work (Very Cool)” from Stuff You Should Know, the podcast hosts go beyond the surface to discuss not only the science and history of icebergs, but also emerging research on icebergs. Listen to the podcast here.
Summer is the perfect time to go on an adventure, and what better adventure to go on than a hot air balloon ride? In the podcast “How Hot Air Balloons Work” from Stuff You Should Know, you can find out more about the physics of hot air balloons, as well as the tragic history of hot air balloons. Listen to the podcast here.
And finally, while the rest of the world loves to watch and play football (also known as soccer) any time of the year, Americans are much less enthusiastic about the sport. Despite this, long daylight hours in summer means plenty of time to get out of the house to play a match of football. In the episode “Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet),” Freakonomics Radio delves into what it would take for Americans to become football fans. Listen to the podcast here.
Happy Fourth of July from Management INK!