© 2022 | Jefferson Public Radio
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
541.552.6301 | 800.782.6191
KSOR Header background image 1
a service of Southern Oregon University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

The technological gifts from our medieval ancestors

jx draw - 2022-03-25T141423.988.jpg

It's not a compliment for a person or set of values to be called "medieval."

We tend to think of that time in history as a time of narrow minds, and cruel tortures for people who did not go along with the narrow minds. And then there's Black Death.

But there's also some ingenuity from that time that makes life better, and is still in use today. Science journalist John Farrell provides a list in his book The Clock and the Camshaft: And Other Medieval Inventions We Still Can't Live Without.

We would seldom be on time without clocks; the author joins us to talk about other gains for civilization from our medieval ancestors.

Stay Connected
The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.