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TRR: Episode 78, “Light and Air”



At the height of the Industrial Revolution, the fascination with science and industry, and the new advancements they could bring, were at fever pitch, and new discoveries and inventions seemed to appear almost every day.

Many of the periodicals of the day carried articles explaining scientific concepts to their readers. In this episode, we share one such article from the November, 1851 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.

“Light and Air” (1851) Harper’s New Monthly Magazine

The Reader

TRT: 27:45

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TRR: Episode 6, “The Red Planet”



Water has possibly been discovered on Mars, but this is not a new question. The question of water on the planet was at the center of the debate surrounding Percival Lowell’s Martian canals. In this episode of The Reader Reads, we explore the theories of water on Mars in Lowell’s time, as well as other Mars-related works of fiction.

Excerpts from “Is Mars Habitable?” by Alfred Russel Wallace (1907)
“Mars and Its Mysteries” by Edward Sylvester Morse (1906)
“A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs
“Roll On, Sad World!’ by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman
An excerpt from “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells (1898)

The Reader

TRR: Episode 6, “The Red Planet”
TRT: 30:10

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.