How Air Conditioning Changed Our Lives


Marsha Ackerman
* Lecturer in American History, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
* Author, Cool Comfort: America's Romance with Air Conditioning (Smithsonian Press, 2002)

Chrysanthe Broikos
*Curator, National Building Museum (former, co-curator of the exhibition on air conditioning called "Stay Cool! Air Conditioning America")

Here's a quiz. What technological invention is credited with the summer blockbuster, the rise of Las Vegas and the demise of southern literature? The answer is the air conditioning. How staying cool changed American life ... Join guest host Doug Fabrizio for Talk of the Nation from NPR News.

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