Silvio Gesell: The ‘Strange, Unduly Neglected Prophet’ Who Hated Money

A financial crash in 1890 convinced him that money was behind the world’s economic problems. By Greg Rosalsky Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money‘s newsletter. You can sign up here. Silvio Gesell hated money. A German entrepreneur who moved to Argentina for business in the late 19th century, he witnessed a massive financial crash in[…]

Foods of the Columbian Exchange in the 15th and 16th Centuries

How did the Columbian Exchange shape food culture in the modern world? Introduction Can you imagine Kansas without wheat fields, Italy without marinara sauce, or Spain without gazpacho? Wheat, tomatoes, chili peppers, and many other foods were transferred between the Old and New Worlds, the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, following Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to[…]