Whatever Happened to the Metric System?

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Back in the 1970s, there was a huge national campaign to convert the U.S. to the metric system. Teachers handed out buttons that said “Take me to your Liter” and middle school students used new rulers and tried to wrap our heads around the simple task of counting by tens. And then, just like that, it all went away. Why?

Credits

Guest:
John Bemelmans Marciano - author, 'Whatever Happened to the Metric System?'

Host:
Barbara Bogaev

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott