Posts tagged with podcast

More or Less: Tulipmania Mythology

2018-05-17 podcast

The story goes that Amsterdam in the 1630s was gripped by a mania for Tulip flowers. But then there was a crash in the market. People ended up bankrupt and threw themselves into canals. This story is still being trotted out when people talk about financial markets lately as a comparison to buying and selling bitcoin. But how much of what we know of the Tulip craze is fact, and how much is myth? We speak to Anne Goldgar at Kings College London who explains all.

Bill Gammage: Prevent bushfire the Aboriginal way

2017-12-18 podcast

In The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, Bill Gammage sets out the case that Aboriginal people managed the land with fire. He says it is clear that from paintings and written records of the early European explorers and settlers that they found a land often described as 'park-like' or 'like a gentleman's estate'. This he says was the result of centuries of land management based on the use of fire.