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The Technology of Ben Franklin

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The Technology of Ben Franklin

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The Technology of Ben Franklin

The Technology of Ben Franklin

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In this hour, we'll take a look at the electrical technology of Ben Franklin's time. It went far beyond keys and kites — to lights, motors and even musical instruments.

Guest:

Michael Brian Schiffer, author of Draw the Lightning Down and professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona