The history of patents, trademarks, and copyrights in the United States may not seem to be the most interesting topic in the world, but my favorite history podcast, BackStory with the American History Guys, manages to make it compelling on many levels. Can you patent genes? Why not, if people have patented living organisms in the past? Why did copyright once extend far beyond a written work?
It’s a long episode, but well worth a listen. I’d also recommend subscribing to their podcast, which is regularly informative, interesting, and provocative.
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Thanks for the shout-out Kent! Our latest show is on the history of mental illness in America – we hope enjoy that too. http://backstoryradio.org/shows/states-of-mind/