by Stella Wang

Jefferson's Wheel CipherThomas Jefferson is revered as a diplomat, politician, and thinker, but his role as an innovator is lesser-known. One of his many inventions includes the wheel cipher: America’s first cryptographic device. In this episode of One Time Pod, the story of the wheel cipher, and √Čtienne Bazeries’ invention of an extremely similar device 100 years later, is uncovered.

Narrator: Stella Wang

Thomas Jefferson: Zach Gruber

√Čtienne Bazeries: Cooper Scanlon

Works Cited

Kahn, D. (1973). The code breakers: The story of secret writing. New York: The Macmillan Company.

Wheel Cipher. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Candela, R. (1938). The military cipher of commandant bazeries. New York: Cardanus Press.

Cypher Wheels. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Audio Sources

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  • Lounge House Chillout Background Music
  • Magical Harp
  • Tension Music
  • Whistle Noise
  • Mysterious Piano Theme

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  • Yankee Doodle

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Image: Jefferson Disk, Wikimedia Commons’s_disk_cipher.jpg