A History of the World in 100 Objects: An Introduction

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Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, gives us the kaleidoscopic history of humanity told through things we have made. He has selected 100 man-made artifacts, each of which gives us an intimate glimpse of an unexpected turning point in human civilization.

A History of the World in 100 Objects stretches back two million years and covers the globe. From the very first hand axe to the ubiquitous credit card, each item has a story to tell; together they relate the larger history of mankind-revealing who we are by looking at what we have made. He talks about selecting the objects that tell our history, and about the 100-episode BBC series the book is a companion to.

Starting Tuesday, January 10, The Leonard Lopate Show will be airing an object a day for 100 days.