Time to Eat the Dogs

On Science, History, and Exploration

Episode 10: The Amazing Phytotron

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Climatron, Missouri Botanical Garden

“Phytotron” is such a great name for something that is, when you look at it, a high-tech greenhouse. But don’t sell it short! The phytotron was not only at the center of post-war plant science, but also connected to the Cold War, commercial agriculture, and long-duration space flight. 

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Today I speak with David Munns, professor of history at John Jay College, about his new book, Engineering the Environment: Phytotrons and the Quest for Climate Control in the Cold War, but we also talk about Matt Damon, shitting in space, and growing pot in your dorm room. 

 

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Check out David Munns’ website on The World of Trons

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