An Ice History #633

September 14, 2023

Ice is one of those invisible little gears of the modern, westernized world. We don't notice it when we have it, and as soon as we can't get it we find ourselves desperate to get it back. It wasn't always like this: ice started as a luxury of more northern climates, and the story of how it became more ubiquitous -- including in southern climates where natural ice is rare to non-existant -- is a fascinating one. We speak to writer and author Amy Brady about her new book "Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks - a Cool History of a Hot Commodity" and learn about the origins of our modern obsession with and dependency on ice.


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Guest Bios

Amy Brady

Amy Brady is the executive director and publisher of Orion magazine and coeditor of "The World as We Knew It: Dispatches from a Changing Climate". Brady has made appearances on the BBC, NPR, and PBS. She holds a PhD in literature and American studies and has won writing and research awards from the National Science Foundation, the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference, and the Library of Congress. She is the author of the book "Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks–A Cool History of a Hot Commodity".