December 14, 2021

EP. 135 — How Water Shaped Humanity with Giulio Boccaletti

As humans, we like to believe that we shape the natural world. But in reality, its laws and patterns have deeply structured our own society. To tell the story of how water has shaped humanity, on the show this week is Giulio Boccaletti, author of Water: A Biography. Check it out at


Speaker 1 [00:00:22] Hello, welcome to Factually. I’m Adam Conover, thank you so much for joining me on the show again. As always, it’s a delight to have you here and it’s a delight to be able to speak with you. It’s a delight to be able to speak with the amazing expert that I’m going to have on the show today. Before we get started, I want to send a shout out to our producer, Sam Roudman, who recently broke his foot (very painfully, it looked like) and Sam, hope you’re feeling better and rest up. Get well soon. Now let’s talk about the show this week. We generally tend to think of ourselves as this big, tough species. That we can terraform the planet however we want, that we create our own environment. We create our own reality. But whatever we need, we can rest out of the grasping hands of nature. Right? But you don’t have to live on Earth very long before you realize that’s a somewhat optimistic way of looking at ourselves. In re

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