Electrification of Cities

Electrification of Cities

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On Episode 14, we’re telling the story of how America got electrified, from Edison to Tesla to a new little thing called “nightlife” and much more.

There was so much drama in how electric power came to be in America and how it became the hottest utility in all the land.


Show Notes

Part I – The early days of getting away from gas lamps and all that killer stuff
Part II – Edison vs. Tesla/Westinghouse, DC vs. AC power
Part III – The proliferation of the grid in the US, including the very invention of nightlife
Part IV – Of government regulation and legal monopolies
Part V – Today’s sources and consequences of power, and reclaiming power over power in cities

Sources + Such

War of Currents
Jill Jonnes’ Empire of Light
Institute for Energy Research
Skylines Wiki
Electricity Timeline
Edison Tech Center
NYT on Municipal Takeover of Private Utilities

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