Tesla: The Life and Times Podcast
A look at the man behind the myth. The fascinating real life, inventions, and legacy of Nikola Tesla, told in a twice-monthly podcast.
info_outline 024a - Tesla Goes to the Movies: Doctor Who 05/20/2020
024a - Tesla Goes to the Movies: Doctor Who What happens when everyone's favourite electrical pioneer meets up with everyone's favourite Time Lord? Why, the world gets saved, of course! Join us for this first sub-episode in our new occasional side podcast "Tesla Goes to the Movies"!
info_outline 023 - Tesla - Tesla in the White City (1893) 06/19/2019
023 - Tesla - Tesla in the White City (1893) It was the Fair That Changed America. And it was the chance for Tesla and Westinghouse to show the world the power of their AC system. The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition made Tesla a household name and changed his life forever.
info_outline 022 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 6: The Battle of Chicago (1892) 02/19/2019
022 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 6: The Battle of Chicago (1892) Westinghouse makes an 11th-hour bid to electrify the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 with Tesla's AC system and GE will do anything to torpedo the deal. Welcome to Thunderdome: two bids enter, one bid leaves...
info_outline 021 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 5: The Second Front (1890 - 1892) 11/05/2018
021 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 5: The Second Front (1890 - 1892) Edison and Westinghouse battle over lightbulbs and high finance as we return to the trenches of the War of the Currents, and see how the war whittled itself down from fifteen combatants to just two...
info_outline 020 - Tesla - A Most Painful Ordeal (1892) 09/20/2018
020 - Tesla - A Most Painful Ordeal (1892) Tesla's trip to the Continent would take an emotional and physical toll that he couldn't have imagined. But he nevertheless returned from Europe with the big idea that would dominate the rest of his career.
info_outline 019 - Tesla - Order of the Flaming Sword (1891-1892) 09/04/2018
019 - Tesla - Order of the Flaming Sword (1891-1892) When his colleagues in the AC field start turning on him, Tesla uses an invitation to lecture in London to reassert his place as the inventor of the AC motor and to dazzle Victorian London with all-new discoveries.
info_outline 017 - Tesla - The Biggest Mistake Nikola Tesla Ever Made (1890-1891) 06/27/2018
017 - Tesla - The Biggest Mistake Nikola Tesla Ever Made (1890-1891) Fresh from his return from Europe, Tesla goes on an inventing spree and dabbles in high-frequency currents. But when George Westinghouse comes calling and pleads poverty, Tesla makes a fateful and costly mistake...
info_outline 016 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 4: The Executioner's Current (1889-1890) 06/11/2018
016 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 4: The Executioner's Current (1889-1890) The War of the Currents enters its most ghoulish and macabre phase: when the combatants were willing to play with a man’s life. William Kemmler became the first person put to death by deliberate electrocution. Viewer discretion is very much advised.
info_outline 015 - Telsa - War of the Currents Part 3: Shock & Awe (1888-1889) 05/31/2018
015 - Telsa - War of the Currents Part 3: Shock & Awe (1888-1889) When New York became the first state to execute people using the electric chair, Edison and his DC supporters would do anything to ensure it was alternating current that powered “Old Sparky”…
info_outline 014 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 2: First Casualties (1888) 04/30/2018
014 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 2: First Casualties (1888) War is hell, even when it's the War of the Currents. Harold Brown's campaign against AC turns deadly, as he conducts gruesome electrical experiments on stray dogs, and helps set the stage for New York's first electric chair...
info_outline 013 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 1: Opening Salvo (1886-1888) 04/15/2018
013 - Tesla - War of the Currents Part 1: Opening Salvo (1886-1888) The War of the Currents begins! Edison uses every dirty trick he can think of in the struggle for DC dominance vs. the AC upstart. There can be only one (format)!
info_outline 012 - Tesla - Tesla in Steel City (1889) 04/02/2018
012 - Tesla - Tesla in Steel City (1889) Did the Westinghouse engineers want Tesla to fail in Pittsburgh? He went to consult, but all Telsa found was a hornet's nest of resentment, ego, and competing agendas. And what was Edison up to now that Westinghouse was a threat to his DC business? A current war is in the offing...
info_outline 011 - Tesla - Paying the Cost to Be the Boss (1888) 03/12/2018
011 - Tesla - Paying the Cost to Be the Boss (1888) You could call this episode: "Tesla: The Art of the Deal", as we see Tesla and his business partners Peck and Brown bluff, finagle, and finally negotiate the lucrative sale of the AC motor patents to George Westinghouse. The sale changed Tesla's life--and ours--forever.
info_outline 010 - Tesla - Patent. Promote. Sell. (1887-1888) 02/27/2018
010 - Tesla - Patent. Promote. Sell. (1887-1888) Tesla was cranking out break-through inventions as fast as his partners could patent them. Plans to promote and sell them culminated in Tesla’s full-on arrival as a cutting edge figure on the electrical field with his groundbreaking address to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
info_outline 009 - Tesla - How Tesla (Eventually) Got His Groove Back 02/08/2018
009 - Tesla - How Tesla (Eventually) Got His Groove Back It wasn't long after Tesla stormed out of the Edison Machine Works that opportunity came knocking again…as did further betrayal and disappointment. But with the help of new business partners, Tesla was finally on his way to becoming the world-changing figure we know him to be today.
info_outline 008 - Tesla - A Scandalously Short History of the Gilded Age 01/25/2018
008 - Tesla - A Scandalously Short History of the Gilded Age It is the era in which Tesla made his greatest breakthroughs and inventions, and the era in which he found fame and fortune: the Gilded Age. Today, a whirlwind tour of America in the Gilded Age--its time; its big themes; and how it change United States (and Tesla!) forever.
info_outline 007 - Tesla vs Edison: Round 1 11/20/2017
007 - Tesla vs Edison: Round 1 The episode you've all been waiting for! Tesla arrives in New York City and takes a job working for Thomas Edison. See the seeds of a life-long rivalry sown because of a broken million-dollar promise. It's Tesla vs. Edison: Round 1--let's get ready to rummmble!
info_outline 006 - Tesla - Is Paris Electrified? (1882-1884) 11/06/2017
006 - Tesla - Is Paris Electrified? (1882-1884) We follow Tesla to Paris and a job with the new Edison lighting company there. In Paris, Telsa gains his first real, practical exposure to the nitty-gritty of designing and building dynamos and motors, and gets a taste for just how good the good life can be.
info_outline 005 - Tesla - A Walk in the Park (1882) 10/22/2017
005 - Tesla - A Walk in the Park (1882) The solution to Tesla's alternating current motor problem came to him as a ‘eureka’ moment during a walk in the park in 1882: the rotating magnetic field, and the induction motor. The applications of this innovation would literally change the world.
info_outline 004 - Tesla - Frustrated Montage Years 1878-1882 10/08/2017
004 - Tesla - Frustrated Montage Years 1878-1882 If Tesla's life were a movie, these would be the “montage years”--five years edited down into a few minutes (probably with melancholy music playing underneath) showing us that things didn’t work out for our hero for a long time until his big break came at the end of Act 1.
info_outline 002 - Tesla - School Days 1861-1874 09/14/2017
002 - Tesla - School Days 1861-1874 This week, we’ll cover Tesla’s schooling from the time he first enrolled in primary school, right up until he heads off for engineering school in the late 1870s. It’s a major turning point in Tesla’s life, and it makes sense to break there until next time.
info_outline 001 - Tesla - Childhood 1856-1861 09/05/2017
001 - Tesla - Childhood 1856-1861 Nikola Tesla was born at the stroke of midnight between July 9 and 10, 1856. In this episode, we'll learn about Tesla's childhood years on the rural frontier of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and how early tragedy and a contentious relationship with his father would shape the rest of his life and give him the abilities he needed to make later breakthrough innovations in electricity.
info_outline 000 - Introductions 08/28/2017
000 - Introductions This is a story of America in the late 19th Century—the Gilded Age. It’s a story of New York City before the automobile. It’s a story of robber barons, of industry, and of inventions that would change the world. And it’s the story of one man—one inventor—in particular: Nikola Tesla.