Myth of the 20th Century – Episode 40: Uncle Ted’s Cabin

Social Matter
October 20, 2017

Welcome to the Myth of the 20th Century. The podcast airs on Fridays.

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Consider first our physical health. We suffer from a range of modern ills that have traditionally been very rare: obesity, cancers, accidental death and injury, deliberate death through high-tech weapons (including handguns) and warfare, global plagues like AIDS. Automobile accidents kill over 40,000 Americans every year, and about 1.3 million people globally-that’s roughly 3,300 people killed every day. Nearly 44% of the American population is medicated. A recent study suggests that 28% of all teenagers suffer chronic headaches, with 40% of these occurring daily. Even the mundane daily computer use that many of us experience imposes its own risks: carpal­ tunnel syndrome, eyestrain, back and joint pain, headache, toxic chemicals on keyboards and monitors, and the general ill health that results from sedentary behavior. – Introduction: A Revolutionary for Our Times, Dr. David Skrbina


1942 – Theodore John Kacyznski is born in a small, Polish Catholic neighborhood.
1959 – Participates in psychological study created by Henry Murray, prematurely scarring Ted and creating a lasting impact on his psyche.
1962 – Graduates from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics.
1969 – Leaves tenure track at Berkeley having earned his PhD in Mathematics, becomes disillusioned with the world of mathematics.
1971 – Purchases property and builds a small cabin just outside of Lincoln, Montana.
1978 – Sends his first bomb to Northwestern University.
1979 – A bomb explodes inside the cargo hold of an American Airlines 727 plane in midair, causing minor smoke inhalation.
1985 – After several bombs ranging from minor combustions to life-threatening explosions, the Unabomber finally succeeds in killing a target. Computer store owner Hugh Scrutton is killed outside of his store’s parking lot.
1987 – The Unabomber is spotted in Salt Lake City, Utah after leaving a bomb at a computer store. Goes silent, fearing detection.
1993 – The Unabomber begins his campaign once again, maiming a genetics professor. Also sends his first letter to the New York Times.
1994 – Thomas Mosser, an advertising executive, is killed by a bomb sent to his home.
1995 – Gilbert Murray, the President of the California Forestry Association, is killed by a bomb send to his home. The WaPo and NYT finally publish the 35,000-word essay “Industrial Society and its Future”.
1996 – Ted Kaczynski is taken into federal custody by the FBI after linguistic analysis grants a warrant for his arrest.
1998 – Ted Kaczynski is sentenced to life in prison without parole.


– Man and Technics, Spengler (1930)
– The Question Concerning Technology, Heidegger (1977)
– The Search for the “Manchurian Candidate”: The CIA and Mind Control, Marks (1991)
– Unabomber’s Elusive Trial, Barbara Vobejda; Lorraine Adams (1996) –
– The Unabomber’s Targets: An Interactive Map, CNN (1997) –
– Kaczynski pleads guilty, avoids death sentence, CNN (1998) –
– Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber, Chase (2000) –
– Unabomber Evidence Reveals New Insights, Alfano, (2006) –
– My Brother, the Unabomber, The Guardian (2009) –
– Matching Wits with the Unabomber, Vizard (2013) –
– How publishing a 35,000-word manifesto led to the Unabomber, Washington Post (2015) –
– Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family, David Kaczynski (2016)
– ‘Manhunt: Unabomber:’ FBI Profiler on Catching Ted Kaczynski, True Crime Stories and Meeting Donald Trump, Newsweek (2017) –
– The iPhone X proves the Unabomber was right (2107) –
– Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 28: Nice Try, FBI – Hoover’s Legacy And The War On Crime (2017) –
– FBI Profiler Says Linguistic Work Was Pivotal In Capture Of Unabomber, Davies (2017) –
– Published Works of Ted Kaczynski –
– Timeline of the Unabomber Case,
– Kenneth Michael Trentadue –
– MKUltra Documents as released by the CIA –
– The Unabomber Letters –—a-yahoo-news-special-report-170846210.html
– Chronology of the UNABOM investigation, Cornell University –
– Technological Slavery: The Collected Writings of Theodore J. Kaczynski, A.k.a “The Unabomber”, Theodore John Kaczynski


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