On today's show: How we got from dim little candles made out of cow fat, to as much light as we want at the flick of a switch.
The history of light explains why the world today is what it is. It explains why we aren't all subsistence farmers, and why we can afford to have artists and massage therapists and plumbers. (And, yes, people who do radio stories about the history of light.)
The history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
Welcome back to SNAP JUDGMENT from PRX and NPR, the "Fool's Gold" episode. My name is Glynn Washington and today we're chasing things that we are not meant to have. Our next story comes to us from SNAP favorite, Scott Sanders. He's been on the show a few times, but this time he comes to us with a story that starts out as a young man traveling in Greece.
SCOTT SANDERS: We walk into the cafe and immediately on my left I see this woman.
Welcome back to SNAP JUDGMENT the "Fool's Gold" episode. Today, we're looking for traps. Today, we're wondering what could possibly go wrong. Today we've got a plan for getting over. And it would be stupid, shortsighted and absurd, really, not to bet it all, right? Right? SNAP JUDGMENT's Nancy Lopez has a story.
GONZALO PELAYO: (Translated by Martin Aguilera) The game has a lot to do with life. It's practically a metaphor for life.
Well, today on SNAP JUDGMENT from PRX and NPR, we proudly present "Fool's Gold," amazing stories where real people discover that all that glitters is not gold. My name is Glynn Washington. Please make sure all your valuables are properly accounted for because this is a SNAP JUDGMENT.
Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Roy, fourth-graders in Texas were recently asked a reading comprehension question where the kids are told a story and asked what it means. In this case, the story was about a family facing a problem. What was the problem?
ROY BLOUNT JR.: The problem was that they couldn't find - they found most of their guns, but one of them was...
SAGAL: Well, don't think so much about Texas. Although...
Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which they can answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?
CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. Has three points. Kyrie O'Connor and Roy Blount Jr. are tied for second. Each has two.
CARL KASELL, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Kyrie O'Connor, Roy Blount Jr. and Brian Babylon. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.
CARL KASELL, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Brian Babylon, Kyrie O'Connor and Roy Blount Jr. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Thank you, Carl.
SAGAL: Right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play our game on the air.