Talks and Media

In The Media

I welcome media inquiries, especially on: games and history; the history of pseudoscience, perpetual motion, and other crank inventions; or the history of communication, especially the the telephone. Here’s an incomplete list of interviews and media pieces I’ve done.

Why Do People Believe in Pseudoscience?Gizmodo, March 11, 2019.

The People’s Telephone and the Internet Today,”, November 18, 2015.

Long Before Net Neutrality,” Interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, February 27, 2015.

Who Made That Dial Tone?The New York Times Magazine, January 10, 2014.

Barbed Wire Fences Were an Early DIY Telephone Network,” Gizmodo, January 2, 2014.

Wired Wild West,” New Scientist, December 17, 2013.


I invite you to invite me to give a talk or workshop on the histories of information and communication, science and technology, or history, games, and play. Here are several talks and workshops I have given and would be happy to adapt or give again.

  • Sympathetic Physics: The Keely Motor versus the Laws of Thermodynamics
  • A Fight With an Octopus: Lessons from the Struggle for Net Neutrality 100 Years Ago
  • A Machine That Would Go of Itself: Perpetual Motion in 19th Century America
  • The Killer App: How the Cold War Created Video Games and Vice Versa
  • The Telephone, the Octopus, and the Spatial Turn
  • Tecumseh Lies Here: Subversive Commemoration for the War of 1812
  • Tecumseh Returns: A Game for History Education in Alternate Reality, Augmented Reality, and Reality
  • King Crank: Technology and Democracy in the Golden Age of the American Eccentric
  • Playful Historical Thinking: Designing Games and Play for History Education
  • Amish Augmented Reality: Augmented Reality for Educators and Others with No Money; Low Tech and No Tech Augmented Reality; Keeping Augmented Reality Sane and Humane
  • Are Whales Fish? The Tree of Life, the Trial of the Century, and Taxonomy before Darwin
  • Writing the Transnational Political History of North America: The View from Canada