Three Letters on Broom Bridge

Every October 16th hundreds of people gather in Dublin to celebrate Ireland’s greatest mathematician, William Rowan Hamilton. And get this – it was his act of vandalism on Broom Bridge in 1843 that put him in the history books – it actually changed mathematics forever. Samuel Hanson brings us the story.

This story was originally produced by Samuel Hansen in 2015. It was hosted and mixed for Transistor by Josh Swartz. Outro music by Chris Zabriskie.

After A Flood

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left devastation in their wake all across the southern United States as unimaginable quantities of water swallowed up small towns and cities alike. But what happens to that water and how can cities better prepare ahead of time? Two years ago, reporter Jenny Chen followed two so-called flood hydrologists to learn more about the preparation.

This story was originally produced by Ellen Roles and Jenny Chen in 2015. It was hosted and mixed for Transistor by Josh Swartz. Outro music by The Underscore Orkestra.

Bowl Tastes Delicious

What if the size of our dinner plate, its color, the material of our cutlery – even background sounds – all affect how our food tastes? In other words, what if it’s not just about what we cooked for dinner, but the context of the meal itself?

Presenter Quentin Cooper meets some of the growing band of scientists who say that the food we eat is just a small part of our tasting experience.

This story was originally produced by Hannah Marshall and presented by Quentin Cooper in 2015. It was hosted and mixed for Transistor by Josh Swartz. Outro music by Jahzzar.