Falken's Maze: An 80s Guide to History

Setec Astronomy (Part 1 of 3)

Episode Summary

We explore the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and Ralphie's quest for a Red Ryder BB gun in our search to discover how codemaking and codebreaking work.

Episode Notes

We explore the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and Ralphie's quest for a Red Ryder BB gun in our search to discover how codemaking and codebreaking work.

This show kicks off an three-episode exploration of cryptography. In this arc of shows, we’re going to explore the impact of cryptography on modern life. More specifically, we’re going to discover how its used to fight wars, protect the secrecy of our most intimate communication, and enable crooks to further their criminal activity.

In Falken's Maze, technologist and former professor Jason Thomas explores the intersection of technology, history, and culture. Created for listeners nostalgic for the 80s but who also want to understand the complexities of today, this podcast demystifies the world's most compelling technologies and events through 80's movies, music, and television.

This is where history, tech, and retro pop collide.

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Find us online at www.falkenspodcast.com.

References:

  1. A Christmas Story Clip
  2. Execution of Mary Queen of Scots by Sir Richard Wingfield
  3. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh
  4. For Your Eyes Only Theatrical Trailer

Music:

Photo: Via James Bond Wiki.