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The greatest energy challenge of our time? Let’s look at our history first.




February 1928: Removing an electric light bulb from its socket to illustrate what the word, 'Disconnect' means
February 1928: Removing an electric light bulb from its socket to illustrate what the word, 'Disconnect' means
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For more than four centuries humans have been able to stay out of the dark, adapting to a new energy resource each time a previous source waned.

From wood to coal, coal to oil, oil to electricity and its very latest renewable forms — entire countries have either thrived or collapsed as a result of energy challenges.

But in 2018, where do we go from here? What’s the greatest energy challenge of the 21st Century? And how does our track record of acquiring different resources every 100 years dictate our future?

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes offers a rich examination of our epic energy transitions in his latest book, “Energy: A Human History.”

Host Larry Mantle talks with Rhodes about the making of the book and his most enlightening findings.

Guest:

Richard Rhodes, author of the book, “Energy, A Human History” (Simon and Schuster 2018); historian, journalist, and writer and editor of many books including “The Making of the Atomic Bomb" (Simon and Schuster 1987), which won a Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and a National Book Award