In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the recall of the latest Peloton exercise machine in historical context.
Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Peloton, the digital fitness company made famous by its internet-connected stationary bike, is complying with a federal voluntary recall of its Tread+, which has killed one child and injured many other children and pets. Natalia referred to historian Richard Bushman’s book The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities. Niki referenced Ralph Nader’s 1965 book, Unsafe at Any Speed, and Natalia reported on the intense response in Peloton Facebook groups.
In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:
- Natalia discussed Alison Bechdel’s book, The Secret to Superhuman Strength.
- Neil recommended historian Roberto Rey Agudo’s Washington Post op-ed, “On Cinco de Mayo, Americans speak ‘mock Spanish.’ Here’s why that’s a problem.”
- Niki shared her CNN column, “George W. Bush is a flawed messenger for Republicans.”