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A Brief History of Stuff podcast

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. The podcast has inspired a new book, also called A Brief History of Stuff, which is available from the Science Museum shop. 
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.
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