This classic episode revisits the Phoenicians -- great ship-builders, sailors and textile experts. But they're most known for developing the alphabet that many modern alphabets are descended from. What drove a merchant culture to switch from cuneiform to a new writing system?
You can find the original episode here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-phoenician-alphabet.htm
The show notes from when this episode originally published are here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/blogs/missed-in-history-the-phoenician-alphabet.htm