Episode 16 Winds Up Scary

Episode 16: The Animal Kingdom

Lady Jana corrals Blister in a dilapidated castle she calls her laboratory. Nonetheless, she cuts a glamorous, eccentric figure. She uses her wealth to promote equality not just between men and women, but also between humans and animals. Blister’s doubts prevail when he happens upon a room full of wind-up toys and taxidermy animal specimens.

For the curious, here are links to excellent videos, books, and articles about Nikola Tesla, the development of electricity as a human tool, and more of the topics discussed in the episode intro:

Electricity: From Benjamin Franklin to Nikola Tesla by Jenny Mason

Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity by David Bodanis

“10 of the World’s Greatest Female Inventors You Need to Know”

Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

“The Electric Boy,” Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014), Season 1, Episode 10 with Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The True Story Behind Ben Franklin’s Lightning Experiment”

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By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.