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A Brief History of Stuff

Even the most ordinary objects have extraordinary stories to tell. Explore the past, present and future of the everyday things in your home with host Nihal Arthanayake.

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About A Brief History of Stuff

The podcast is hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake and filled with fascinating stories about the ordinary objects around you.

Each episode explores the past, present and future of an everyday object in your home, from bath toys to sticky tape and vacuum cleaners to the microwave oven, revealing how they changed science—and our world.

Join Nihal, experts and enthusiasts—from air traffic controllers to beachcombers and our curators—to hear remarkable stories about the stuff around you, all inspired by incredible items from the Science Museum Group Collection.

If you’ve got an idea for a future episode or want to share your thoughts on our podcast, please contact us via Twitter (#ABriefHistoryOfStuff) or send us an email. To help others discover our podcast, we’d love it if you could rate A Brief History of Stuff wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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From light bulbs to motorways and cups of tea to concrete, discover the extraordinary science stories behind familiar objects and technologies we encounter every day.