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A Brief History of Stuff

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A Brief History of Stuff with Nihal Arthanayake explores the past, present and future of the stuff in your home – from bath toys to the microwave oven - and looks at how they helped science and changed our world. Each episode features a story inspired by incredible items from the Science Museum Group Collection. The collection contains more than 7 million items which illustrate the impact of science, technology, engineering and medicine on all our lives.


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Latest Episodes

‘As long as you need to be able to draw a straight line, hopefully rulers will have a place in the world.’ more

2 years ago

They quietly whir and ping away in our kitchens, heating up food and the odd cold cup of tea - but behind these unassuming boxes of plastic and metal lies a remarkable story. more

2 years ago

‘Food has been a really important part of our socializing as humans. It’s when we enjoy food together, we tell the stories and sit around a fire as our ancient ancestors would have done. And we like to do that as well, on the space station.’ more

2 years ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 27 ratings
  • A (Not-so) Brief Review + Idea for another episode

    I LOVED this podcast!! It is absolutely amazeballs. This is the first podcast I have ever listened to, so I am pretty new to the world of podcasts. Some podcasts can be good, and some can be bad, but I am proud to say that Nihal has given me an outstanding first impression!!! more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Off Topic Rambling

    Not a huge fan of the “Sticky Tape” episode. It was not focused and there was a lot of bramble about graphene before we understood the significance of its relationship to tape. I thought we would have heard more about the evolution of tape, the episode focused strictly on receiving a Noble Prize due to sticky tape. This did not fit the podcast title “A Brief History of Stuff.”

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Lovely Stuff!

    Missing the Museums so much - podcasts like this help to fill the gap. Thank you!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 years ago

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