technology podcast #361

The Spanish Enigmas

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We have a tech history treat for you in this week’s program. We’ll go to Spain to hear about a pair of Enigma code-breaking machines that were found in a locked basement recently. The machines date from the 1930s, the era of the Spanish Civil War. Much is known about how the Engima machines were used in World War II at Bletchley Park in Britain. Without the machines, and their skilled operators, the Allies would not have been able to crack German codes and gain vital information.But what is the history of the machines during the Spanish Civil War? Listen in and find out.

We’ve also got a great interview with Leslie Chang, author of the book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China. Chang shares her account of her time spent among workers in Apple factories in China. It’s a real ear-opener.

In our quest to cover Tech that Matters, we’ve also got the story of the Wonderbag, a low-cost, eco-friendly insulated bag that might significantly reduce fuel consumption for cooking, especially in the developing world.

And finally…a piece about the history of that most-loved, most-reviled instrument…the Theremin. Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

A reminder that you can ignore us equally on Twitter, Facebook, and now Google +.

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