American Innovations

American Innovations

By Wondery

DNA science. Artificial intelligence. Smartphones and 3D printers. Science and technology have transformed the world we live in. But how did we get here? It wasn’t by accident. Well, sometimes it was. It was also the result of hard work, teamwork, and competition. And incredibly surprising moments.

Hosted by bestselling author Steven Johnson (“How We Got To Now”), American Innovations uses immersive scenes to tell the stories of the scientists, engineers, and ordinary people behind the greatest discoveries of the past century. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, American History Tellers, and Dirty John.

Episodes

Introducing: One Hundred Percent with Marcus Lemonis

One Hundred Percent with Marcus Lemonis is a little bit of a masterclass, a cocktail party and a Sunday drive all wrapped up into 30 minutes with an audience invited to listen in. Marcus values family, community, character and ethics and helps small business owners who need his guidance and investment. His process is very personal and provides valuable insight through his ability to identify both problems and solutions. For years he has transformed the trajectory of businesses and the lives of its founders. Listeners will get to enjoy fun and unfiltered conversations centered around mentoring entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs that Marcus invites onto the show are creating products or services that will impact the world for the better. In each episode, listeners will meet the most exciting generation of business owners, including Charles Barkley, Kathy Ireland, Al Roker and Nicole Miller, and all the innovative ventures coming to and disrupting the market. Marcus talks to CEOs, entrepreneurs, inventors and all kinds of new leaders in the only way he knows how, it gets personal. They also talk about something successful people rarely reveal, what they need to take their success to the next level. Marcus and the guest explore that question in an effort to solve that puzzle..Listen Here: wondery.fm/OHP_Innovations.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
23/06/215m 21s

Cryonics | Immortality On Ice | 1

Not everyone chooses burial or cremation after death.  Some believe in cryonics, freezing their bodies in the hopes of being reanimated sometime in the future.  Bob Nelson, a TV repairman with no scientific background, made history when he froze the first human being.  But as Nelson would discover, freezing someone is easy; keeping them frozen is a lot harder.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovationsSupport us by supporting our sponsors! Monday.com - Sign up for your free two-week trial today at Monday.com. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
17/06/2138m 42s

Storm Chasers | Reaping the Whirlwind | 3

Storm chasing is part scientific inquiry, part amateur thrill seeking — and sometimes, a bit of both. On this episode, Steven talks to journalist Brantley Hargrove, author of The Man Who Caught the Storm, about legendary storm chaser Tim Samaras, whose breakthrough probe helped measure atmospheric conditions inside a tornado.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Monday.com - To start your FREE 14-day trial go to monday.com. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
10/06/2143m 49s

Storm Chasers | Blown Away | 2

Thanks to the movie “Twister” and the popularity of David Hoadley’s “Storm Track” newsletter, by the late 1990s, storm chasing has gone mainstream. But with more and more chasers on the road, it’s only a matter of time before some get a little too close to the eye of the storm. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Monday.com - Visit monday.com for your free two-week trial.Peloton - Get started on your Peloton journey. Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
03/06/2139m 38s

Storm Chasers | Tornado Alley | 1

No extreme weather phenomenon fascinates us more than tornadoes. For most of human history, very little was known about how these graceful yet violent columns of swirling air formed or behaved. Then, in the 1950s, a teenager from North Dakota began chasing them, and a scientist from Japan began studying them. Together, they started a movement.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Vonics Shoes - Right now you can enjoy FREE SHIPPING at vionicshoes.com with promo code: INNOVATIONS.Monday.com - Visit monday.com for your free two-week trial. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
27/05/2139m 36s

Hacking | Heroes and Villains of the Digital Age | 4

Hackers helped shape the digital world we live in today. But more than ever, that world is under attack by a new generation of cyber-criminals. On this episode, Steven talks to Wired editor-at-large Steven Levy, author of the seminal book “Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution,” about hacking’s groundbreaking past and weaponized future.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
20/05/2142m 32s

Wondery Presents: The Vaping Fix

Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis.Listen to the Vaping Fix: wondery.fm/VF_InnovationsPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
18/05/216m 12s

Hacking | White Hat vs. Black Hat | 3

For two years, super-hacker Kevin Mitnick eludes the FBI by living under a series of false identities. But in a fit of hubris, he hacks Tsutomu Shimomura, one of the country’s leading computer security experts. It’s hacker vs. hacker as Shimomura sets out to do what the FBI can’t: stop Kevin Mitnick once and for all.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more. ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
13/05/2133m 45s

Hacking | The John Dillinger of Cyberspace | 2

In the 1980s, computers, now more powerful and more affordable, become a bigger part of people’s work and life. And that makes hackers a greater threat. America’s laws are slow to keep up with this new form of break-in. Then, an incorrigible teenager with a talent for computers gets caught in the country’s shifting views of hacking, and becomes the most wanted cyber criminal in the United States.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! NetSuite - Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at netsuite.com/AI.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
06/05/2140m 39s

Hacking | What’s in the Blue Box? | 1

Hackers: the criminals who prey on our digital lives. Today they steal credit cards and personal information, or even commit acts of cyber-terrorism. But in the early days, hackers were largely seen as harmless pranksters. And it wasn’t computers they were initially interested in, but phones -- which they hacked with a mysterious device called the Blue Box.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
29/04/2140m 38s

Introducing: 1865 Season 2

Listen now: wondery.fm/1865season2April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil.Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice—but the hunt for John Wilkes Booth isn’t all that grips Stanton.Lincoln’s successor, Vice President Andrew Johnson, is likely to bend to southern interests and undo the very progress for which Lincoln died. Edwin Stanton must employ every bit of political wile he can muster to secure the future of the freed slaves, and the nation.Consumed by his conviction, Stanton will betray his friends, his honor, and the very constitution he is sworn to protect, all to steer the country towards justice.***1865 is an Airship production. Support this show to get early, ad-free access to episodes and more.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
27/04/216m 26s

Breaking The Sound Barrier | Who Got to Mach 1 First? | 3

In 1947, Chuck Yeager made history when he flew faster than the speed of sound. But was he really the first to do it? On this episode, Steven talks to aviation historian and retired fighter pilot Dan Hampton, whose book “Chasing the Demon” presents an alternate history of the quest to reach Mach 1.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
22/04/2132m 15s

Breaking The Sound Barrier | Sonic Boom or Bust | 2

With each test run, pilot Chuck Yeager is getting closer to taking the top secret Bell X-1 plane past the speed of sound. But just before a critical flight, an accident on the ground jeopardizes his chances of success.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Head to ZipRecruiter.com/ai today to try ZipRecruiter for FREE.To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
15/04/2140m 7s

Wondery Presents: Secret Sauce

In Wondery’s newest series, Secret Sauce, hosts John Frye and Sam Donner explore the stories and successes behind some of the most inspiring businesses, creative innovators and intrepid entrepreneurs. First up, we’re diving into the company that revolutionized how we vacation, travel, and even how we trust other people...we’re talking about Airbnb. In 2008, Air Bed and Breakfast launched at SXSW with high hopes of becoming an alternative to overbooked hotels...but they ended up with just two people booking a stay...and one of them was a co-founder of the company. How did Airbnb persevere through adversity to become a company that would forever change the way we think about travel? What was their magic - their secret sauce - that made them such an unlikely success story? And what lessons can we learn from them? Listen at wondery.fm/SS_Innovations.
13/04/215m 52s

Breaking The Sound Barrier | A Bullet With Wings | 1

In the 1940s, as planes got faster, it seemed like they were hitting a wall -- literally. Many pilots tried to travel faster than the speed of sound, often with fatal results. Could American test pilot Chuck Yeager succeed where they had failed? Or would his daredevil attitude get him grounded before he gets a chance?Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/AI.To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
08/04/2142m 38s

Encore: Electric Chair | A Matter of Light and Death | 3

In the summer of 1888, just as the electric chair controversy was unfolding, Nikola Tesla moved to Pittsburgh to work for George Westinghouse, fulfilling a year-long commitment he made when Westinghouse purchased Tesla’s AC motor patents.The deal would make Tesla a millionaire, but it would ultimately threaten to topple Westinghouse’s business.Support us by supporting out sponsors!Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
01/04/2138m 18s

Wondery Presents: Spy Affair

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.Listen today at wondery.fm/SA_Innovations
29/03/212m 22s

Encore: Electric Chair | The War Becomes Electric | 2

After his unceremonious departure from Edison Electric, Nikola Tesla found himself broke and dejected, but more determined than ever to share his alternating current system with the world. And thanks to the help of one man who really believed in his work -- a man with vision, money and power -- he’d soon have his chance.Tesla had Edison in his sites, and the War of the Currents was about to get deadly.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
25/03/2140m 1s

Encore: Electric Chair | Power to the People | 1

On August 6, 1890, a prisoner named William Kemmler became the first man executed in the electric chair. It was designed to be a more humane form of execution, but the gruesome scene in the death chamber that day revealed the device to be anything but. Behind the story of the electric chair lies another story, involving three titans of innovation—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse — locked in a desperate fight for control of the future of electricity. Their conflict would take lives, spark scientific advances and revolutionize human existence.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Pitney Bowes - Go to pb.com/AI to get this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10 - pound scale to get started. Experience a savings in your shipping costs with a FREE trial of SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
18/03/2146m 19s

Lie Detector | The Future of Lying | 3

What new technologies might eventually replace the still-popular but widely debunked polygraph? On this episode, Steven talks with Ken Alder, author of the book “The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession,” about the lie detector’s enduring appeal and uncertain future.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
11/03/2132m 52s

Lie Detector | Larson's Monster | 2

In 1922, a murder case in Washington, DC presents the first opportunity for lie detector results to be used in a criminal trial. But even as lie detectors become more commonly used, one of the device’s inventors begins to have serious doubts about the accuracy of his creation.  Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/ai.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
04/03/2137m 51s

Sponsored: The Way Things Should Be | Carmax | 6

The weed whacker. The microwave. Instant noodles. Three simple yet ingenious inventions that challenged the status quo and made our lives easier. On this special episode, we tell the stories of three inventors who, through their visionary products, showed us the way things should be. Presented by Carmax.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
26/02/2127m 19s

Lie Detector | The Heart of a Liar | 1

Humans are shockingly bad at telling whether or not someone is lying. That’s why, a century ago, psychologists and criminologists developed machines to detect lies for us, by measuring blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate. Their lie detectors promised to revolutionize the criminal justice system. But is it really possible for science to separate truth from lies?Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.Monday.com - To start your free 14-day trial go to monday.com.Pitney Bowes - Go to pb.com/AI to access this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10-pound scale to get started.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
25/02/2140m 16s

Mission To Mars | How to Land on the Red Planet | 6

On February 18th, 2021, Perseverance will become the latest NASA rover to land on Mars. To mark the occasion, Steven talks to two of the engineers behind the Mars rover program: Dr. Anita Sengupta, who designed the parachute systems for the Curiosity rover in 2012, and Dr. Matt Smith, one of the flight directors guiding Perseverance towards its landing site.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Monday - Create the perfect workflow for your team with monday dot com Work O.S. To start your free 14-day trial go to monday.com.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
18/02/2141m 27s

Mission To Mars | Encore: The Woman Who Put Man on the Moon | 5

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are preparing to land on the Moon. The whole world is watching live on television. But something is very wrong: Their warning alarms are flashing. There’s only one woman who can fix it: MIT software engineer Margaret Hamilton. This episode originally aired on March 14, 2019.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Pitney Bowes - Go to pb.com/AI to access this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10- pound scale to get started.ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai.Monday.com - To start your free 14-day trial go to monday.com. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
11/02/2143m 35s

Mission To Mars | Becoming Martians | 4

A Mars colony by 2040? Children born on Mars by 2050? It still sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but more than ever, it’s within reach. On this episode, Steven talks to engineer, author and Mars evangelist Dr. Robert Zubrin about why putting humans on the red planet isn’t just a scientific and technological exercise -- it’s also a way to ensure that human culture keeps moving forward.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Monday.com - Create the perfect workflow for your team with monday.com Work O.S. To start your free 14-day trial go to monday.com. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
04/02/2132m 42s

Introducing: School of Greatness

Lewis Howes is a New York Times best-selling author, 2x All-American athlete, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur. The School of Greatness shares inspiring interviews from the most successful people on the planet—world-renowned leaders in business, entertainment, sports, science, health, and literature—to inspire YOU to unlock your inner greatness and live your best life. Click to listen to School of Greatness: wondery.fm/SOG
03/02/218m 10s

Mission To Mars | Curiosity and Perseverance | 3

Led by an iconoclastic engineer who barely graduated high school, NASA jumps back into the race to send humans to Mars. But first, they need to figure out how to land larger vehicles on the treacherous Martian surface – and how to make enough oxygen for humans to one day colonize the red planet.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Get started on your Peloton journey today and download the Peloton app through January 31, 2021 for a two-month free trial.Trust and Will - Get 10% off, plus FREE SHIPPING at TrustandWill.com/AMERICAN. Pitney Bowes - Go to pb.com/AI to access this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10-pound scale to get started.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
28/01/2140m 44s

Mission To Mars | Elon Musk Takes Aim | 2

After making his fortune in the dot-com boom, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk decides to take on a new challenge: going into space, and eventually colonizing Mars. To him, rockets are outdated technology just waiting to be disrupted. But he soon learns that space is not so easily conquered. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - And right now, you can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/ai.Trust and Will - This is really important, so don’t wait – Get ten percent off, plus FREE SHIPPING at TrustandWill.com/AMERICAN.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
21/01/2138m 45s

Wondery presents Business Movers

In Wondery’s newest series, Business Movers, host Lindsay Graham dives deep into the inner workings of some of the most successful companies of all time. From the origin stories of their famed leaders to the million dollar idea that catapulted them to success, how exactly did these companies grow from an idea and a dream to multi-billion dollar corporations? Hear the landmark decisions, the scandals, and the stunning triumphs that made them who they are. First up: Walt Disney. Listen at wondery.fm/business_movers.
15/01/217m 27s

Mission To Mars | Seeing Red | 1

Even after the Apollo program put astronauts on the moon, Mars remained out of reach. Then, in 1990, an ambitious engineer hatched an ingenious plan to send the first humans to the red planet. But will anyone at NASA buy into his idea?Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
14/01/2135m 4s

Encore: Conquering Pain | Ether Dreams | 3

As Horace Wells’ life goes from bad to worse, William Morton becomes an unlikely hero.This episode originally aired on November 22, 2018.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Trust and Will - Gain peace of mind at trustandwill.com/AMERICAN and get ten percent off plus FREE SHIPPING of your customized legal documents.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
07/01/2141m 57s

Encore: Conquering Pain | The Swindle | 2

After experimenting on himself, Horace Wells realized that laughing gas might help make surgeries less painful. But his search for a business partner would lead him to a fateful encounter with a petty crook named William Morton.This episode originally aired on November 15, 2020.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Get started on your Peloton journey. Go to onepeloton.com to learn more. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
31/12/2039m 0s

Encore: Conquering Pain | The Frolic | 1

For decades, Americans resigned themselves to gritting their teeth through the agony of surgery. But then an eminent surgeon, a charming swindler, and his hapless mark crossed paths and changed everything.This episode originally aired on November 8, 2018.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - Go to policygenius.com and get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes and start the new year with one less thing to worry about.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
24/12/2033m 42s

Wondery Presents Business Wars: TikTok vs Instagram

In the newest season of Wondery’s Business Wars, TikTok vs Instagram, they track the war between two social media giants. Within the last couple years, TikTok has become one of the most popular apps around the world. And despite political constraints the app has recently faced, TikTok has still managed to pose a serious threat to its American counterpart: Instagram. Listen to the latest season of Business Wars: TikTok vs Instagram today: wondery.fm/tiktokvsinstagram.
21/12/205m 17s

Year In Review | When Will I Get the Vaccine? | 1

2020 has been a year of struggle, uncertainty and loss. It has also forced us to adapt and innovate in nearly every aspect of our lives. But no innovation this year has been more important and more astounding than the Covid-19 vaccine. On this year-end episode, Steven talks to Bruce Gellin, president of Global Immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, D.C.. about what to expect from the imminent Covid-19 vaccine.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - AND right now, you can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai.Policy Genius - Go to policygenius.com and get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes and start the new year with one less thing to worry about.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
17/12/2030m 17s

Telephone | Our Distracted Minds | 3

Alexander Graham Bell wouldn’t recognize the telephone today. Our phones allow us to keep the internet in our pockets and offer an endless stream of information and entertainment. But they're also altering our society. On this episode, Steven talks to Dr Larry Rosen, co-author of “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World,” about how smartphones have impacted our lives. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ExtraHop - Learn more about how ExtraHop stops breaches 70% faster, and experience the free trial for yourself at extrahop dot com slash AI. That’s extrahop dot com slash AI. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
10/12/2027m 59s

Telephone | Guided by Voices | 2

Alexander Graham Bell has created one of the most important inventions in history. Now all he has to do is fight a business partner who doesn't care and a corporate monster that wants to destroy him. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
03/12/2039m 8s

Wondery Presents Little Stories Everywhere

Wondery’s newest podcast, Little Stories Everywhere, is the perfect immersive experience to share by the fireplace with loved ones this holiday season. Each episode will be the reading of a children’s classic - some of the most magical stories ever told, now reimagined with enchanting sound design for families to enjoy together or adults to enjoy on their own. Little Stories Everywhere is out now, premiering with A Merry Christmas, a collection of holiday tales by Louisa May Alcott that truly embody the holiday spirit, no matter what you celebrate. Listen today: wondery.fm/littlestories_AI.
01/12/204m 53s

Telephone | Call Waiting | 1

In the 19th Century, the telegraph is the cutting edge of communication. No one can imagine anything better—except Alexander Graham Bell.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/innovationsSupport us by supporting our sponsors! Masterwork - So if you're ready to invest like a billionaire, head to masterworks.io - and use promo code AI to skip the 25,000 person waitlist. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
26/11/2041m 9s

Auto-Tune: From Cher to Kanye | 1

All Andy Hildebrand wanted to do was make a computer program to help singers sound better. He never expected it to kick off a battle for the soul of modern music.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Go to ziprecruiter.com/ai.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
19/11/2041m 9s

The Fight Against AIDS | The AIDS-Covid Connection | 4

With AIDS under control here in the U.S., we find ourselves in the middle of another deadly pandemic. Now the doctors who were on the front lines of the AIDS crisis are using what they've learned over the past 30 years to help fight against Covid-19. On this episode, Steven talks to Dr. Monica Gandhi, director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research, who has recently contributed to research into SARS-CoV-2.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policygenius - If you need life insurance, head to policygenius.com right now to get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
12/11/2032m 20s

Wondery presents Do No Harm

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Do_No_HarmFrom Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and Dirty John, and NBC News the team behind Dateline and The Thing About Pam - Do No Harm. Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh.
10/11/204m 25s

The Fight Against AIDS | The Lazarus Effect | 3

As AIDS activists keep up the pressure to find new treatments and lower the price of existing ones, they win unlikely allies at the highest levels of government. Meanwhile, some doctors on the frontlines of the epidemic take drug research into their own hands. And a new class of drugs promises to bring the sickest AIDS patients back from the brink of death.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
05/11/2046m 25s

The Fight Against AIDS | Placebos and Profits | 2

Four years into the AIDS epidemic, scientists discover a drug that may treat the disease: AZT. But the new drug quickly becomes mired in controversy -- over how it's tested, its potential side effects, and its astronomical price tag.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ExtraHop - Learn more about how ExtraHop stops breaches 70% faster, and experience the free trial for yourself at extrahop.com/AI.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
29/10/2036m 51s

Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”Click to listen to Dr. Death Season 2: wondery.fm/DrDeathS2_AI
27/10/204m 23s

The Fight Against AIDS | The Epidemic Begins | 1

In the early 1980s, a mysterious new disease spread like wildfire through the gay communities of major U.S. cities. Before it even had a name, AIDS had already killed over half its victims. Public response was hampered by ignorance, fear, and homophobia. This is the story of the doctors, scientists and activists who risked everything to lead the fight against AIDS.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - So if you need life insurance, head to policygenius.com right now to get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
22/10/2042m 23s

Encore: Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 5

Can a computer pass for human? And more importantly, can a computer beat a human at Jeopardy? It’s all fun and games until we start putting life-changing decisions in the hands of machines.Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! Masterworks - So if you're ready to invest like a billionaire, head to masterworks.io - and use promo code AI to skip the 25,000 person waitlist. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
15/10/2041m 12s

Encore: Thinking Machines | I Learn, Therefore I Am | 4

A leap in the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence causes concern about the dangers ahead.  Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018.  Support us by supporting our sponsors!Fundrise - Get started at fundrise.com/AI to have your first NINETY days of advisory fees waived.Masterworks - As a listener of our show, you can get special access by going to masterworks.io and using promo code AI to skip the 25,000-person waitlist.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
08/10/2038m 9s

Wondery presents Kamala: Next In Line

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/KamalaNextInLineIf she wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history. Harris would be the most significant player to help Joe Biden manage a country in crisis. So who is she?Kamala: Next in Line goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to represent California in the Senate and now the first African-American woman to be the Vice Presidential nominee for a major party. Hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the show features exclusive interviews with those who know her best, painting a picture of a woman who has fought her way to the top at every turn. From Oakland to Howard University, California to Washington DC, experience her story as it has never been told before. This is an intimate and immersive dive into who Kamala is, what her critics say about her, and how she arrived at this moment. 
05/10/206m 19s

Encore: Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 3

The development of smartphone Artificial Intelligence from early government research funding and the first experimental robot in Silicon Valley to the rise of the personal assistant known as Siri.Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com and you could save 50% or more by comparing quotes.Peloton - Try out Peloton Bike Plus for yourself with Peloton’s 30 Day Home Trial. If you decide it’s not for you within 30 days, you’ll get free pickup and a full refund. Visit onepeloton.com for more information.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
01/10/2037m 4s

Encore: Thinking Machines | How Do You Make A Computer Blink? | 2

With six different kinds of pieces, 64 squares to move in, and billions of possible combinations of moves, chess is a good test for a computer. The number of distinct 40-move games is far greater than the number of electrons in the visible universe. For all intents and purposes: almost infinite.Gary Kasparov is the world’s best chess player. Deep Blue is a computer. It’s humanity v machine. There’s a lot at stake and things turn controversial fast with accusations of cheating, a very human meltdown and a computer that hallucinates. Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try it now for free at ziprecruiter.com/ai.Fundrise - Get started at fundrise.com/AI to have your first NINETY days of advisory fees waived.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
24/09/2038m 22s

Introducing Business Wars: Pizza Hut vs Domino's

Today, pizza powers a $100 billion dollar global industry -- but when the Carney brothers opened the very first Pizza Hut in 1958, it was still practically unheard-of outside major US cities. Since then, the passion for pies has grown like crazy, fueling a competitor named Domino’s and taking these one-time mom and pop joints global. But when their businesses began to rise, they inspired a whole host of competitors to join the market, forcing both companies to innovate at a rapid pace. Listen to the latest season of Business Wars: Pizza Hut vs. Domino's now at wondery.fm/pizza_AI.
23/09/205m 6s

Encore: Thinking Machines | Artificial Intelligence | 1

Artificial Intelligence is no longer the stuff of science fiction. And it’s about to get much more powerful: machines that can reason, create, predict the future, even dream. AI is likely to be one of the most transformative technologies of the 21st century.This is the first in our four-episode series about the rise of artificial intelligence and humanity's quest to breathe intellectual life into computers. In this episode, we're going to meet the mavericks who first dreamed of a world where machines are capable of being smarter than the people who created them.And what better way for smart machines and their creators to face off in a battle of wits ... than by playing chess? Note: This episode originally aired in August 2018.  Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com right now to get started. You could save $1500 or more a year.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
17/09/2040m 53s

Keeping Cool | The Air Conditioning Trap | 3

As the Earth heats up, air conditioning is quickly shifting from a luxury to a necessity. But our reliance on ACs is also speeding up the pace of global warming. It’s the “air conditioning trap.” On this episode, Steven asks Guardian science writer Stephen Buranyi how – and if – we can escape it.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Peloton - Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.Zip Recruiter - Try it now for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
10/09/2033m 3s

Fighting Coronavirus | Larry Brilliant on Why We Need a Global Covid Response | 19

There are few people who have thought more about pandemics than epidemiologist Larry Brilliant. He worked with the World Health Organization to eradicate smallpox. He’s fought polio and blindness in India. And, in his 2006 TED Prize talk, he warned the audience that a pandemic was coming “within your children or your grandchildren's lifetime.”He was right. What he couldn’t predict, though, was how mismanaged our response would be – and how quickly we’d set aside the lessons we learned defeating smallpox. As Larry tells Steven, “We have to work together… and we're not doing it so far.”Watch Larry’s Ted Prize acceptance speech: https://www.ted.com/talks/larry_brilliant_my_wish_help_me_stop_pandemics?language=enSupport us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses Plus - Get unlimited access to the entire at thegreatcoursesplus.com/fightingcv.UV Clean - You can enjoy 15% off plus free shipping on your order of two or more when you visit getuvclean.com and use promo code FIGHTING CV.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
08/09/2026m 39s

Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.Listen to Podcast: wondery.fm/Innovations_BB
08/09/206m 0s

Keeping Cool | It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity | 2

Summer blockbusters. Phoenix, Arizona. President Ronald Reagan. What do all these things have in common? They might never have happened if not for AC.On this episode, AC finally hits the big time – and changes America forever. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
03/09/2040m 36s

Keeping Cool | A Chilly Reception | 1

Muggy. Sticky. Miserable. For eons, that’s just what summer was. In fact, when air conditioning first became available, few people took advantage of it. Wasn’t summer supposed to be uncomfortable? This is the story of how people finally warmed up to the idea of keeping cool.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Fundrise - Get started at fundrise.com/AI to have your first NINETY days of advisory fees waived.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
27/08/2038m 53s

Video Games | Game Designer Ian Bogost on the Past and Future of Gaming | 4

The video game industry has certainly matured over the years. But does it still have the sense of open-ended innovation that it did in the early golden era of Spacewar and Pong?To get a better sense of how today’s game breakthroughs compare to the heyday of Atari, Steven speaks with one of the most thoughtful observers of the video game industry, Ian Bogost. Bogost is a game designer and the author of Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games. More recently, he’s written about Animal Crossing and Untitled Goose Game for The Atlantic.Read more about Ian and his work here:http://bogost.com/https://www.theatlantic.com/author/ian-bogost/Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com to compare rates and save up to $1,500 dollars. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
20/08/2038m 20s

Fighting Coronavirus | Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Vaccines (But Were Afraid to Ask) | 18

The coronavirus has put our lives on pause, but it’s kicked the science behind vaccines into hyperdrive. Science writer Carl Zimmer walks Steven through some of the radical new approaches to making vaccines – and gives his best-case/worst-case scenarios for when a vaccine will be ready. Also: we get answers, kind of, about what’s up with Russia. And Steven drops a Taylor Swift reference. Read Carl’s latest on the vaccine race in the New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/by/carl-zimmerPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
18/08/2022m 10s

Wondery Presents: Billionaire Boys Club

In 1980s Los Angeles, a group of prep school boys got together to make investments together, get rich quick, and live large. But headed by a handsome and charismatic leader named Joe Hunt, the members of the self-proclaimed “Billionaire Boys Club” get sucked deeper into twisted schemes of kidnapping, torture, and revenge. The boys must stick together, or risk prison - or worse. From the makers of The Wonderland Murders, Young Charlie, and The Dating Game Killer, this six-part series is co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Emmy-nominated actor Timothy Olyphant.Link to Podcast: wondery.fm/innovations_BBC
18/08/205m 20s

Video Games | Home Invasion | 3

It's 1975 and Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell is setting his sights on the next frontier in video games: the home.But convincing people to bring video games into their homes won't be easy. Bushnell’s going to need a lot of cash, a couple perfectly timed technological breakthroughs, and a killer business plan. Oh, and he’ll also have to teach the world what a “game console” is.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Try it for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
13/08/2043m 12s

Video Games | Ping-Pong | 2

Nolan Bushnell's Computer Space was the world's first commercial video game, but it failed to win over the masses. Now Bushnell’s plotting his comeback … and his comeback has a name: Atari.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
06/08/2039m 43s

Video Games | Electric Dreams | 1

Call of Duty, Fortnite, Animal Crossing.... The video game industry generates billions of dollars each year. But not so long ago, video games were mostly played by the programmers who made them. On our new season, we’re telling the story of how video games broke out of university computer labs and found their way straight to the heart of popular culture.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
30/07/2038m 56s

Fighting Coronavirus | Back to School | 17

Back-to-school season is here, but students across the country aren’t going anywhere. Anya Kamenetz, NPR’s education correspondent, returns to the show to shed light on the greatest educational crisis of our time. How can we safely reopen schools? And what can we learn from countries that have tried – and failed?Listen to Anya’s stories for NPR at https://www.npr.org/people/302894536/anya-kamenetz.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
28/07/2018m 47s

Radar | The Superpowers of Modern Radar | 4

Since World War II, scientists have continued to use radar to explore what we can’t see or hear ourselves. And their uses have become increasingly creative. On this episode, we’re talking to three people involved in some of the most fascinating applications of radar today.First up, Steven talks to Sara Kiley Watson about ground-penetrating radar, which provides archaeologists with breathtakingly clear pictures of underground cities. Next, Dr. Jyotika Virmani tells Steven about what oceanographers are learning as radar helps them plumb the mysteries of the ocean floor. And finally, engineering professor Youngwook Kim shares a surprising new way radar can aid in search and rescue missions. Read Sara Kiley Watson’s article in Popular Science, “Scientists explored a buried Roman city without digging up an ounce of soil”: https://www.popsci.com/story/science/falerii-novi/View radar images of Falerii Novi, a buried Roman city: https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/sacred-topography-0013831Lean more about the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s efforts to map the ocean floor: https://schmidtocean.org/cruise-log-post/mapping-earths-ocean-seafloor/Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - Find the best rate at policygenius.com.Keeps - Get your first month FREE at keeps.com/ai.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
23/07/2029m 56s

Radar | The Rad Lab | 3

As German bombers raze England’s cities, American scientists race to build the world’s first air-to-air radar system. But building the system is only half the challenge. If the scientists succeed, they’ll also have to fit the world’s most cutting-edge technology inside the nose of a B-18 – a space that’s smaller than a shoe box.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
16/07/2036m 27s

Wondery Presents Blood Ties Season 2

Blood Ties Season 2 is out now!Blood Ties is a scripted audio drama starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, Dominic Monaghan, Amy Landecker, and Wayne Knight.  After the sudden death of Michael and Eleonore Richland’s billionaire father, disturbing allegations emerge about his dark past. These revelations thrust them into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. As the stakes of telling the truth continue to rise, they grapple with their father’s legacy and what to do with it. Listen today at wondery.fm/bloodties_ai.
15/07/2011m 57s

Radar | Mr. Bowen Goes to Washington | 2

As World War II rages on, American and English scientists race to develop a microwave radar system. But both sets of scientists have something the other team needs to cross the finish line. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
09/07/2038m 35s

Fighting Coronavirus | How We Can Still Win | 16

When National Geographic science editor Nsikan Akpan began researching his latest article on the coronavirus, he asked every scientist he talked to the same question: Has the U.S. already lost? Every scientist said no – but we need a better game plan. On this week’s episode, Nsikan tells Steven what we’ve been getting wrong – and what the new game plan should look like. You can find Nsikan Akpan’s articles, including “Here’s How To Stop The Coronavirus From Winning,” at natgeo.com/coronavirus.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
07/07/2026m 3s

Radar | Welcome to Tuxedo Park | 1

What technology won WWII? Most people would say the atomic bomb, but the real answer is radar.As a small island country, vulnerable to aerial attacks, England took the lead in developing radar in the 1930s. But the early radar systems were too massive to fit into planes, where they would be of most use in the fight against the Germans. At the heart of the problem was a technological catch-22. Smaller radar systems were, by definition, less powerful.Or so everyone thought, until a mismatched pair of brothers in Northern California decided to take a crack at creating a new kind of radar...This is episode one of our three-part series on radar, “Welcome to Tuxedo Park.”Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
02/07/2034m 5s

Introducing Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.Listen today at http://wondery.fm/innovations_guru.
01/07/206m 9s

Fighting Coronavirus | Inside the NBA Bubble | 15

Back in March, the NBA pressed pause on its 2019-20 season. Now, the league wants to pick up where it left off – but with Covid-19 rates on the rise, it’s not going to be easy.This week, Kavitha Davidson, host of The Lead, walks us through the NBA’s plan to move 16 teams into a “bubble” at the Disney World Resort. What rules will players have to follow? And will the risks to players’ health be worth it?Check out The Lead, Wondery’s daily sports podcast, at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lead/id1478448344Support us by supporting our sponsors! Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
30/06/2025m 41s

Encore: The Polio Vaccine | The Fight Goes On | 3

In 1955, the world received its first viable polio vaccine, courtesy of Jonas Salk. He was hailed as a hero until kids started to fall sick with polio. A bad batch of vaccines was thought to be the culprit. But it was also an opening for a scientist with a competing vision. Albert Sabin warned of the dangers of Salk’s vaccine from the start. The final clash between the two vaccines, and the two scientists, is the true story of how polio was conquered. Note: This episode originally ran in October 2018.  Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - policygenius.comExpress VPN - expressvpn.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
25/06/2039m 33s

Fighting Coronavirus | Forest Fires, Memes, & Covid-19 | 14

Forest fires. Ant colonies. Internet memes.On the surface, they have nothing in common. But, according to network scientist Samuel Scarpino, they’re all complex systems that spread. Sam’s job is to crack the rules underlying their spread, and then apply them to epidemics such as Covid-19. Read more about Sam’s work in Steven’s New York Times Magazine article, “How Data Became One of the Most Powerful Tools to Fight an Epidemic”: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/10/magazine/covid-data.htmlPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
23/06/2027m 37s

Encore: The Polio Vaccine | Can You Patent The Sun? | 2

Pressure mounts to release a vaccine for polio, but a rushed vaccine could have disastrous results. After all, vaccines contain benign samples of the viruses they’re designed to protect against. If a flawed polio vaccine were to be tested on humans, it wouldn’t cure the disease – it would help spread it. Note: This episode originally ran in October 2018.  Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Athletic Greens - athleticgreens.com/ai to get 20 free daily packs with your first package. Express VPN - expressvpn.com/innovations Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
18/06/2044m 33s

Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James RemarListen to Murder in Hollywoodland: wondery.fm/innovationsMiH.
17/06/204m 53s

Fighting Coronavirus | Can We Ditch the Office Forever? | 13

Most CEOs hated the idea of employees working from home. But when the coronavirus hit, they didn’t have a choice. They sent their white-collar workers home before they’d even learned how to mute themselves on Zoom. What happened next surprised everyone. Productivity shot through the roof. Now, companies don’t know whether they should bring workers back to the office, even if they can do it safely.We’ve invited Clive Thompson, fresh off his piece for The New York Times Magazine about remote work, to talk us through this rapid culture shift. What, exactly, makes remote work so productive? What do we lose when we work in isolation? What new technology will emerge from this moment? And how many of us will ever voluntarily do the 9-to-5 again?Links: Clive Thompson, “What if Working From Home Goes On … Forever?”, New York Times Magazine:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/09/magazine/remote-work-covid.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=HomepageAnd check out Clive's interview on The Next Big Idea about his book "Coders": https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/coders-the-invisible-architects-that-shape-our-lives/id1482067226?i=1000455369916Support us by supporting our sponsors!Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
16/06/2026m 25s

Encore: The Polio Vaccine | Marching Toward A Cure | 1

The virus spread invisibly and without warning. Person to person. Through contaminated food, shared possessions, and unwashed hands.Mid-century Americans lived in fear of one disease: polio. But the story of the polio vaccine is not just a scientific story – it’s a political and financial story, too. One that played out across the corner offices of New York City, the sound booths of Hollywood, and the back rooms of Washington D.C..Note: This episode originally ran in October 2018. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - policygenius.comExpress VPN - expressvpn.com/innovationsPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
11/06/2034m 35s

Fighting Coronavirus | Why Covid-19 Disproportionately Kills Black Americans | 12

There’s a saying in public health circles: “When white America sneezes, black America gets pneumonia.” When the coronavirus hit, health care experts knew that black Americans would be the hardest hit. But the numbers were still shocking. Black people make up 12.7% of the U.S. population but have so far made up 22% of its Covid-19-related deaths.On this episode, Steven talks to reporter Linda Villarosa about the reasons behind those numbers, and her quest to give them a human face in her New York Times Magazine article, “A Terrible Price: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America.” Along the way, she offers hope that we might be able to turn this current crisis into a call for action.Articles by Linda Villarosa:“A Terrible Price: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America,” New York Times Magazine: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/magazine/racial-disparities-covid-19.html“How False Beliefs in Physical Racial Difference Still Live in Medicine Today,” New York Times Magazine: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/racial-differences-doctors.html“Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies are in a Life-or-Death Crisis,” New York Times Magazine: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.htmlPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
09/06/2027m 36s

Ferris Wheel | Scott A. Lukas and the History of Theme Parks | 2

George Ferris aspired to build a structure for the 1893 World's Fair that could rival Paris's Eiffel Tower. And when the Ferris wheel debuted, newspapers hailed it as the eighth wonder of the world. The grandeur and success of the Ferris wheel paved the way for future theme parks. These fantastical spaces have become symbols of leisure and fun throughout the United States and offered innovators like George Ferris a chance to showcase attractions that pushed the boundaries of what's possible. On this episode, Steven speaks with Scott A. Lukas, an anthropologist, theme park consultant, and author of the books “Theme Park” and “The Immersive Worlds Handbook: Designing Theme Parks and Consumer Spaces.” Steven and Scott discuss the uniquely American history of theme parks and the ways they’ve influenced all kinds of public spaces.Here are some of the parks and rides – old and new – mentioned in this conversation: Coney Island, NY: https://theweek.com/captured/624918/vintage-photos-from-coney-island-yesteryearKennywood Park, West Mifflin, PA: https://www.wtae.com/article/in-photos-kennywood-park-then-and-now/7403416#The Void, Las Vegas, NV: https://www.thevoid.com/Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ExpressVPN - Head to expressvpn.com/innovations and get an extra three months free with your first year.Athletic Greens - Get 20 free daily packs with your first package at athleticgreens.com/ai.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
04/06/2029m 20s

Wondery presents The Next Big Idea featuring Steven Johnson

This week on The Next Big Idea, author Steven Johnson speaks to Malcom Gladwell about the value of long term planning and how to make better decisions in your own life.Subscribe to The Next Big Idea today: http://wondery.fm/NextBigIdea_Johnson
03/06/207m 54s

Fighting Coronavirus | Can Your Smartwatch Detect Covid-19? | 11

These days, watches don’t just tell time. Smartwatches like Apple Watch and Fitbit measure your heart rate, count your steps, and track your sleep schedule. According to Dr. Michael Snyder, they can also tell you when you’re getting sick – and potentially spot Covid-19 before you’re even symptomatic.On this episode, Steven talks to Dr. Snyder, who runs the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford, about his new study on whether wearables can predict the onset of Covid-19. What has the study learned so far, and what else can your wearables be trained to detect?To participate in Dr. Snyder’s study, visit https://innovations.stanford.edu/wearables.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Express VPN - Visit expressvpn.com/fightingcv to get three FREE months a one year package.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
03/06/2022m 52s

Ferris Wheel | Wheel in the Sky | 1

The 1889 World’s Fair in Paris dazzles attendees with the Eiffel Tower. So, when plans begin for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, the mandate is clear: beat the Tower. America’s architects and engineers compete to win the job – but every proposal they submit is more outlandish and dangerous than the last. And the most dangerous of all? Well, that might be a ride that resembles a twenty-story bicycle wheel, submitted by a young man named George Ferris….Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Keeps - Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
28/05/2041m 46s

Fighting Coronavirus | Stopping the Spread of Bad Information | 10

According to the World Health Organization, we’re not just in the midst of a pandemic. We’re living through an “infodemic,” where misinformation is more readily available than facts.On this episode, Steven talks to Joan Donovan, who studies misinformation in her role as the Director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard Kennedy’s Shorenstein Center. Joan shares how conspiracy theories spread and how each of us can practice good information hygiene. It’s not as easy as wearing a mask … but it’s close.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
26/05/2023m 1s

Enemy of All Mankind | A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt | 1

On September 11th, 1695, two ships confronted each other in the middle of the Indian Ocean: one an enormous treasure ship owned by the Grand Mughal of India, and the other a much smaller British pirate ship led by Henry Every.  What happened next changed the world. Every and his crew took off with $100 million in loot and sparked the world’s first global manhunt. They also inadvertently set off a chain of events that led to the rise of globalization, the tabloid press, and even democracy itself.All of that, and more, is the subject of Steven Johnson’s latest book, Enemy of All Mankind. We borrow Rufus Griscom from Wondery’s The Next Big Idea podcast to talk with Steven about Every and the surprising ways a single confrontation on the high seas shaped life as we know it.You can read more about Steven’s book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/545158/enemy-of-all-mankind-by-steven-johnson/And check out The Next Big Idea, currently launching season two.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
21/05/2036m 19s

Fighting Coronavirus | Will We Remember 2020 A Century From Now? | 9

While the U.S. has countless WWI memorials, it has almost none dedicated to the 1918 flu pandemic – even though the pandemic claimed six times as many American lives.On this episode, Steven talks to historian Nancy Bristow, author of American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, about the blind spot in America’s collective memory. Why did we forget the 1918 pandemic? And how well will future generations remember this one?New episodes of “Fighting Coronavirus” will publish here every Tuesday, or you can listen and subscribe at https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Keeps - Get your first month free when you go to keeps.com/fightingcv.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
19/05/2023m 24s

Introducing The Daily Smile

Everyone needs a reminder about just how good people can be. On Wondery’s new series The Daily Smile, host Nikki Boyer brings you stories that will make you feel good each weekday morning. With interviews, inspiring clips, and chats with special guests and passionate friends, The Daily Smile takes you on a journey into goodness, gives you all the feels, and will leave you with a smile on your face. Listen to the full episode: wondery.fm/dailysmileAI
18/05/204m 12s

Chewing Gum | The Champion of Chewers | 2

It’s the early 1890s and thanks to the adoption of chicle, chewing gum is bigger than ever. But it’s still a niche American habit. Men still shun it in favor of tobacco, and women who chew it in public are frowned upon. But that’s all about to change thanks to the newest face on the gum scene. He’s name is William Wrigley Junior and he’s going to teach the world to chew.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com to find the best life insurance rate today.Express VPN - Protect you online activity with expressvpn.com/innovations. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
14/05/2041m 33s

Fighting Coronavirus | We’re More United Than You Think | 8

Communication and cooperation across our society are as important as they’ve ever been. This week, Steven talks with Andy Slavitt, the former Medicare and Medicaid chief, who has emerged as one of the most effective communicators during this crisis. Andy and Steven discuss the future of healthcare, how to find trustworthy news sources, and how to make the most of your child’s senior year in isolation. (Hint: Start a podcast together!)Check out Andy Slavitt’s podcast In the Bubble. You can learn more about his new healthcare nonprofit, the United States of Care, here. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
12/05/2022m 44s

Chewing Gum: Snapping and Stretching | 1

It’s the mid-1800s and in Maine, John Bacon Curtis is back from clearing the spruce forests with a crazy idea. He’s going to sell ready-to-chew gum.But his bold plan is only the start of what will become a decades-long search for the ideal chew. It’s a search that will see the nascent gum business butt heads with newspaper tycoons, strike an alliance with oil refineries, and get a helping hand from the self-styled Napoleon of the West.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting sponsors!SimpliSafe - For free shipping and a 60-day risk free trial go to simplisafe.com/innovations.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
07/05/2033m 17s

Fighting Coronavirus: Is Social Distancing Enough? | 7

If we really want to reopen our economy, we need to do more than just flatten the curve. In the words of Dr. Jim Kim, the former president of the World Bank, we need to “start coming down the mountain.” And to do that, Dr. Kim says there is only one valid solution: “contact tracing,” one of the most low-tech and labor-intensive weapons in our public health arsenal.On this week’s episode, Steven talks to Dr. Kim about how he convinced Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to invest in contact tracing when other governors wouldn’t even return his calls, and why contact tracing is the best way to contain the spread of Covid-19.New episodes of “Fighting Coronavirus” will publish here every Tuesday, or you can listen and subscribe at https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
05/05/2024m 16s

Fighting Coronavirus: Pandemic DIY | 6

When health care workers began running out of protective equipment, makers around the world powered up their 3D printers and got to work. This week, Steven talks to journalist Clive Thompson about the maker movement, an informal network of sewers, tinkerers, and engineers whose ingenuity is bridging supply gaps and increasing the pace of technological innovation, sometimes in a very retro way. Read Clive Thompson’s article, “When Government Fails, Makers Come to the Rescue,” on Wired.com.Download Budmen Industry’s templates for 3D face shields.Enter the CoVent-19 Challenge.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
28/04/2025m 27s

Dynamite: Audrey Kurth Cronin on New Technology and Terrorism | 4

Alfred Nobel worked on dynamite in distinctly unglamorous labs, but his ambitions were as grand as his labs were small. He envisioned dynamite transforming cityscapes and connecting rail lines across Europe. When Alfred finally got dynamite right, it did exactly that – but it also led to new and terrifying forms of political violence.On the last episode of our dynamite series, Steven Johnson talks to security expert Audrey Kurth Cronin, author of “Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow's Terrorists.” Cronin argues that Nobel’s story is also the story of our times: once again, backyard inventors are spearheading new technology but not always thinking through the technology’s consequences.Support us by supporting our sponsors!SimpliSafe - Head to simplisafe.com/innovations for FREE shipping and a 60 day risk free trial. Express VPN - When you go to expressvpn.com/innovations to get an extra three months FREE for your first year.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
23/04/2031m 36s

Fighting Coronavirus: Are Our Kids Alright? | 5

Let’s face it: we’re worried about our kids. How can we protect their mental health? Should the normal rules around screen time still apply? What will school look like come September? This week, Steven talks with Anya Kamenetz, an education correspondent for NPR and author of the book The Art of Screen Time, to get some answers.New episodes of “Fighting Coronavirus” will publish here every Tuesday, or you can listen and subscribe at https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
21/04/2030m 30s

Dynamite: The Merchant of Death is Dead | 3

How did Alfred Nobel, the “Merchant of Death,” go from inventing dynamite to establishing the Nobel Peace Prize? The answer lies in a personal ad, a poorly vetted obituary, and a surprising new use for nitroglycerine.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
16/04/2035m 46s

Fighting Coronavirus: How Can Data Save Lives? | 4

Where are new cases being detected? How many beds are available in local hospitals? What’s the growth rate of ICU admissions? These are some of the most urgent questions in the world right now, and they’re being answered by data pioneers like Dr. John Brownstein, the Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Brownstein talks to host Steven Johnson about his new crowdsourced website, CovidNearYou.org, and how public health data doesn’t just track deaths, but helps prevent them.New episodes of “Fighting Coronavirus” will publish here every Tuesday, or you can listen and subscribe at https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/Contribute to Dr. John Brownstein’s live map of Covid-19 symptoms at https://covidnearyou.org/.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
14/04/2028m 23s

Dynamite: The Loneliest Millionaire | 2

Alfred Nobel had solved the critical problem of detonating nitroglycerine reliably, but his efforts to turn his new "blasting oil" into a successful commercial product create new challenges. An explosion in his Stockholm lab leads to personal tragedy, and draws the ire of local authorities. And a wave of industrial accidents involving nitroglycerine around the globe has critics accusing Alfred of murder. Alfred knows that if his "blasting oil" is ever going to realize its potential, he's going to have to figure out a way to keep it from accidentally exploding during storage and transport. Nitroglycerine is clearly the most powerful explosive known to man. The question is: can Alfred's customers actually use the stuff without blowing themselves up in the process?Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
09/04/2032m 43s

Fighting Coronavirus: When Will the Lockdown End? | 3

Reading the forecast models that track and predict the spread of the coronavirus can feel like a glimpse into the future. And epidemiologists – the scientists behind these models – have suddenly become the most important figures in this fight. Dr. Tara Smith, an epidemiologist and professor at the Kent State University College of Public Health, talks with Steven about what most people misunderstand about these models, whether there’s an end in sight for social distancing, and why the public health sector is our “invisible shield.”New episodes of “Fighting Coronavirus” will publish here every Tuesday, or you can listen and subscribe at https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
07/04/2023m 45s

Dynamite: The Controlled Explosion | 1

In 1846, an Italian chemist discovered the volatile compound nitroglycerine, the first major breakthrough in creating man-made explosions since the invention of gunpowder a thousand years earlier. But almost everyone who experiments with the compound thinks it’s too dangerous for any commercial application–everyone except for one brooding, obsessed young Swedish inventor named Alfred Nobel. Nobel dreams of harnessing the chemical’s power to ignite an engineering revolution: blasting railway tunnels, digging out mines and canals…. But as Nobel’s quest to tame nitroglycerine becomes increasingly central to his family’s livelihood, it also repeatedly puts his own life in danger.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
02/04/2034m 14s

Fighting Coronavirus: How Can We Protect City Life? | 2

When public health is threatened on a mass scale, we have a long history of working together to take on the challenge. On this new weekly series, Steven will speak with experts from the worlds of health and technology about how the current moment compares with past pandemics, and what the coming months might look like. On this episode, Steven talks with Richard Florida, a bestselling author on cities and urban rebirth. The population density of cities has always been key to driving new ideas, new collaborations, and new social movements. But today, as the coronavirus spreads, that density is creating danger. How can cities protect their way of life, and how they can come out of this crisis even stronger than before?New episodes of “Fighting Coronavirus” will publish here every Tuesday, or you can listen and subscribe at https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/Read Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo’s 10-Point Preparedness Plan for Cities.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
31/03/2026m 5s

Fighting Coronavirus: Bruce Gellin On How COVID-19 Could Change Vaccine Development | 1

As the first in a series on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven Johnson speaks with Dr. Bruce Gellin, president of Global Immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington D.C.. Dr. Gellin is also a former director of the National Vaccine Program at the Department of Health and Human Services, and led the creation of HHS’s first pandemic influenza preparedness and response plan. They talk about a very new and pressing challenge: how to speed up vaccine development for COVID-19.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE, at ZipRecruiter.com/AI.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
26/03/2025m 37s

Introducing Joe Exotic: Tiger King

Joe Exotic devoted his life to raising and breeding lions, tigers, and other exotic animals at his Oklahoma zoo. He croons ballads, shoots guns, and puts it all on YouTube. But he’s also made a lot of enemies. And the biggest of all is the owner of a big cat sanctuary in Florida named Carole Baskin. The feud between Joe Exotic and Carole gets messy, vicious, and outrageous -- until both of them are pushed far beyond their limits. From Wondery, comes ‘Joe Exotic: Tiger King’, the story about two people who want to save animals and destroy each other. This series was previously released as the second season of "Over My Dead Body." But on the new feed, we'll also be releasing never-before-aired, exclusive interviews and details with some of the most fascinating characters in this saga. For the full episode go to: wondery.fm/AIjoeexotic.
24/03/205m 41s

Organ Transplant: The Heart Race | 3

In 1967, an unlikely surgeon performs the first human heart transplant – and shocks the world. As others race to replicate his achievement, one surgical team makes a mistake that could spell the end of organ transplants in the United States.Support our sponsors! Policy Genius - In just a few minutes you can find your best price and apply at Policygenius.com.Peloton - Learn more about Peloton’s 30-Day Home Trial at onepeloton.com.SimpliSafe - Go to SimpliSafe.com/INNOVATIONS and you’ll get FREE shipping and a 60-day risk free trial. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
19/03/2044m 58s

Where Are Past Seasons? | 1

Hey American Innovations listeners!  You might be wondering what happened to some of our older seasons. We’ve moved them to our new premium service, Wondery+, where you can listen ad-free and get access to more Wondery shows. For a limited time, we’re offering listeners of American Innovations a free week of Wondery+. Just go to wonderyplus.com/AI.
18/03/2028s

Organ Transplant: A Matter of Life and Death | 2

By the early 1960s, surgeons have proven that it's possible to transplant kidneys and lungs. Now, with heart disease still the leading cause of death, they've set their sights on performing the first human heart transplant. But first, they've got to overcome the ethical, legal, and surgical challenges of removing a donor's heart before it stops beating for good.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
12/03/2036m 52s

Organ Transplant: The Kidney Twins | 1

A century ago, organ transplants were the stuff of science fiction. But a handful of experimental surgeons believed that transplants were not just possible – they had the potential to save thousands of lives. Then, in 1954, a man agreed to donate his kidney to his twin brother – and one surgeon finally got his chance to prove the doubters wrong.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Wealthfront - Sign up for the Wealthfront Cash Account in less than 5 minutes by visiting wealthfront.com/AI.ZipRecruiter - To try ZipRecruiter for FREE, go to ZipRecruiter.com/AI. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
05/03/2042m 50s

NBC News presents Into America

A new podcast about politics, about policy, and the power that both have in shaping the lives of the American people. Into America is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Trymaine Lee, and features the journalists of NBC News.For the first episode, Trymaine heads to East New York, a community that experienced more stops than any other part of New York City under Former Mayor Bloomberg’s stop and frisk policy. In order to have a real shot at the Democratic nomination, Bloomberg needs the support of Black voters. Days before announcing his candidacy, Bloomberg apologized for the policing tactic. But will his past decision to champion the use of stop and frisk hurt his chances? Subscribe to Into America now: http://wondery.fm/intoamerica
02/03/207m 0s

Valium: Mother’s Little Helper | 3

Within 10 years of Valium’s introduction, people are starting to realize it’s not quite as harmless as they had been led to believe. Patients are building up a tolerance to it, taking stronger and stronger dosages, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they quit. Women, who have been prescribed Valium at twice the rates men have, spearhead the fight to increase regulation.When former First Lady Betty Ford announces her own addiction to Valium, the public outcry against the drug finally causes the government to act. They hold days of hearings and tighten up the rules around prescribing the medication, but more importantly, Valium’s reputation is severely damaged.But decades later, doctors start to wonder if the backlash went too far….Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - To compare life insurance policies, visit policygenius.com and see how much you could save.Peloton - Learn more about Peloton’s 30-Day Home Trial at onepeloton.com. You’ll also get $100 off accessories with the purchase of the Peloton Bike if you use promo code INNOVATIONS.SimpliSafe - Visit SimpliSafe.com/INNOVATIONS. You’ll get FREE shipping and a 60-day risk free trial.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
20/02/2039m 58s

Valium: The House That Leo Built | 2

With Miltown sweeping the nation, pharmaceutical companies around the country want in on the action and vie to create their own versions. At Hoffman La Roche, a brilliant scientist by the name of Leo Sternbach leads the charge.   While Roche executives want him to create a copycat drug, Sternbach has bigger ambitions: he wants to invent an entirely new class of tranquilizer. After Roche loses faith in his vision, Sternbach continues his work in secret – and lays the foundation for Valium, soon to become the most commonly prescribed drug in the United States.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Audible - Start your 30 day trial at audible.com/AI.Zip Recruiter - Try Zip Recruiter for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/AI. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
13/02/2037m 52s

Valium: Miltown Magic | 1

Anxiety. It’s something everyone experiences at some point in their lives, but for centuries doctors had no effective way to treat it. They could send patients on rest cures, order them to do nothing at all, or prescribe barbiturates that depressed the central nervous system, easily leading to overdose and death.Finally, in the mid-1950s, chemists discovered a new class of drugs: the minor tranquilizers. The most famous of these was Valium, which would go on to become the most prescribed drug in the United States.  But Valium owes its success to its lesser known predecessor Miltown, which changed the way Americans thought about anxiety.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Policy Genius - policygenius.com can help you compare insurance quotes to find your best price.Wealthfront - When you visit wealthfront.com/ai to start earning 19 times more interest on your savings. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
06/02/2039m 31s

Electronic Television: The TVs of The Future | 3

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, television manufacturer LG debuted a TV set that rolls up like a poster. It's a far cry from our grandparents wooden boxes with black and white screens and bunny ear antennas. And despite impressive new television tech, many people these days are turning to phones and tablets to consume their favorite shows and moves. Today we conclude our series on the television with Susan Murray, Professor or Media, Culture and Communication at NYU. She joins us talk about the history and evolution of the television in our everyday life.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
30/01/2027m 56s

MSNBC Presents: So, You Wanna Be President? with Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews and campaign veterans who have had front row seats to presidential history dive deep into the six most important lessons learned from presidential campaigns that win. Chris and his guests tap into their experience, historical insight, passion for electoral politics, and love for our country to explain why these lessons matter, and how they’ve separated winners from losers.Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/SYWBP
27/01/205m 38s

Electronic Television: A Great Depression And The World's Fair | 2

While Philo Farnsworth was building gizmos out of a loft in San Francisco, the Radio Corporation of America was already plotting domination of the yet-to-be television industry under the leadership of a man named David Sarnoff. Sarnoff recognized television’s virtually limitless potential, and he was determined to bring it to the masses — with or without the help of Philo Farnsworth. Sarnoff would rely on inventors like Vladimir Zworykin, who had also figured out how to transmit pictures electronically through his patented Iconoscope. At least, in theory. The missing piece wouldn’t fall into place until Zworykin visited Farnsworth’s lab — setting off a court battle to claim ownership of one of the most iconic inventions of the 20th century.Support us by supporting our sponsors.Policy Genius - Visit policygenius.com to compare rates today!Peloton - You can enjoy a 30 day home trial at onepeloton.com. Use the promo code: INNOVATIONS.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
23/01/2041m 30s

Electronic Television: The Picture Radio | 1

The invention of the electronic television was uniquely complicated for its time. So complicated, in fact, that the prevailing narrative is that it couldn’t have been invented by a single person -- let alone Philo Farnsworth. After all, some of the most brilliant minds in the world spent the first quarter of the 20th century working on television systems -- and some even managed to transmit images. But none of those systems were ever able to deliver the quality of images they’d need to be commercially viable. None except Philo Farnsworth, a farm boy from Utah, who got the idea for television when he was fourteen years old. Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Visit ZipRecruiter.com/AI to use ZipRecruiter for FREE.Wealthfront - Go to Wealthfront.com/AI to start earning more interest on your savings today.SimpliSafe - With SimpliSafe.com/AI to get FREE shipping on your order plus a 60 day money back guarantee.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
16/01/2038m 57s

The Year in Innovation | 6

It's a new year and a new decade, and that means a lot of new innovation and tech to look forward to. But, as we wonder what the future has in store, it's important to look back at the past year and what it has taught us. Author Clive Thompson joins us to talk about the innovations that caught his attention in 2019 and what he's looking forward to in 2020 and beyond.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
09/01/2042m 29s

Kodak Roll Film: Brownie Boom | 3

After George Eastman cut ties with his chief emulsion-maker-turned-saboteur, Henry Reichenbach, the Kodak company started to falter. Some batches of film literally fell apart on the shelves. Others seemed fine, but yielded blurry, unprintable photos.Eastman had tried to find a suitable replacement for Reichbach, but no one was able to make a stable emulsion at the volume he needed. Eastman was starting to get desperate.He knew that if he didn’t fix his film fast, his Kodak cameras would never amount to more than a passing fad. Eastman wasn’t just looking to get rich and get out. He was after a legacy that would stand the test of time. In order to do that, Eastman would not only have to make his product reliable, he’d have to continually innovate — constantly turning out one new demographically-targeted product after another. In the end, this strategy would make Kodak a household name, and then doom it to obsolescence.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - If you need life insurance but aren’t sure where to start, why not start at Policygenius.comPeloton - For a limited time, get $100 off accessories when you purchase the Peloton Bike. Go to onepeloton.com and use promo code INNOVATIONS at checkoutPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
12/12/1938m 37s

Kodak Roll Film: Kodak Fiends | 2

George Eastman had made technological breakthroughs and forays into the photography market, but his images still weren’t good enough for professional photographers and the photographic process was still too complicated for recreational photographers. Eastman needed to improve his product and simplify his process, but he couldn’t do it alone. His novice chemistry skills had already carried the company as far as they could go. So Eastman reached out to a gifted chemist for help, and made his company vulnerable in ways greater than he had feared.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Lutron Caseta - Learn more about Caseta at Lutron.com/AI Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
05/12/1936m 50s

Kodak Roll Film: As Convenient as a Pencil | 1

Today, if we want to take a photo, we unlock our phone, aim, and click.  It can be done on a whim, without a second thought. We document everything from new haircuts to latte art, cute cats to baby’s first smile.  But prior to the 1900s, photography was the exclusive domain of professionals and dedicated hobbyists -- people willing to learn complex skills and spend hours on the craft.Responsible for that shift was a man named George Eastman. Armed with a radical vision for what photography could be, and a cold-blooded business sense, Eastman delivered photography to the masses and altered the way most of us experience our lives over time.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Lutron Caseta - Get smart lighting the smart way with Caséta by Lutron smart switches. Learn more about Caseta at Lutron.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
28/11/1935m 48s

The Modern Ambulance | 1

Today, if you or someone you know experiences a medical emergency, you dial 9-1-1 and a squad of trained medical professionals arrives at your door.  But just 55 years ago, that was not the case.Emergency calls were generally dispatched to funeral homes simply because their vehicles were suited to transporting bodies. You’d be lucky if the person transporting you had any first aid training at all. A soldier shot in Vietnam had a better chance of surviving than a housewife in a car accident  because the soldier in Vietnam got immediate trained medical care.Throughout the 1960s, volunteer rescue squads  began experimenting with different kinds of pre-hospital care. But in Pittsburgh, 20th century topography converged with the fates of a few individuals, and one ambitious vision, to spin a medical revolution into being.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Lutron Caseta - Get smart lighting the smart way with Caséta by Lutron smart switches. Learn more about Caseta at Lutron.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
21/11/1943m 17s

Google's Quantum Breakthrough

In October, Google announced in a paper in the journal Nature that it built a chip called "Sycamore" that achieved what is known as "quantum supremacy." It's being hailed as a massive step forward in the world of quantum computing. Quantum computing's principles lie in the fascinating world of quantum mechanics, and while it is extremely complicated to understand, the theoretical applications of a quantum computer could have a massive real-world impact. We'll talk with Scott Aaronson, the David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of its Quantum Information Center, about Google's discovery. Aaronson reviewed Google's paper before it was published and has worked for years on these complex problems.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Worried about finding the perfect gift this holiday season? Peloton is the gift they’re guaranteed to love. With its compact 4X2 size, the Peloton Bike can fit in virtually any space in your home, no matter how small. This holiday, give the gift of Peloton. For a limited time, get $100 off accessories when you purchase the Peloton Bike. Go to www.onepeloton.com and use promo code INNOVATIONS at checkout.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
14/11/1930m 18s

Electric Chair | A Matter of Light and Death | 3

In the summer of 1888, just as the electric chair controversy was unfolding, Nikola Tesla moved to Pittsburgh to work for George Westinghouse, fulfilling a year-long commitment he made when Westinghouse purchased Tesla’s AC motor patents.The deal would make Tesla a millionaire, but it would ultimately threaten to topple Westinghouse’s business.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - Go to Policygenius.com to get quotes and apply in minutesPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
31/10/1939m 0s

Introducing The City: Reno

The City, USA Today’s critically acclaimed investigative podcast, is back with Season 2. This time, it shines a spotlight on Reno as the city transforms into an offshoot of Silicon Valley. Who decides what kind of city Reno becomes? What is lost and gained in the name of progress? Start listening to The City: Reno today at: http://wondery.fm/TheCityReno
29/10/196m 11s

Electric Chair | The War Becomes Electric | 2

After his unceremonious departure from Edison Electric, Nikola Tesla found himself broke and dejected, but more determined than ever to share his alternating current system with the world. And thanks to the help of one man who really believes in his work -- a man with vision, money and power -- he’ll soon have his chance.Tesla has Edison in his sites, and the Current War is about to get deadly.Support us by supporting our sponsors! JustWorks - Try Justworks for yourself. Learn more at justworks.com/aiPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
24/10/1940m 46s

Electric Chair | War of the Currents | 1

On August 6, 1890, a prisoner named William Kemmler became the first man executed in the electric chair. It was designed to be a more humane form of execution, but the gruesome scene in the death chamber that day revealed the device to be anything but. Still, the chair stuck around. And Kemmler’s execution proved to be a pivotal moment in the history of capital punishment. But if you pull back just slightly, you’ll see that the story of the electric chair was just one small chapter in another story — a much larger story — that would come to define the world we live in.This other story involved three titans of innovation—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse — locked in a desperate fight for control of the future of electricity.  Their conflict would take lives, spark scientific advances and revolutionize human existence. And it would come to be called the War of the Currents. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Justworks - Try Justworks for yourself. Learn more at justworks.com/aiPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
17/10/1944m 52s

Introducing The Next Big Idea

Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now at http://wondery.fm/TNBIWondery 
15/10/198m 16s

Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret | Falling Back to Earth | 3

The resourcefulness of NASA’s engineers and Skylab’s first crew helped save the space station from near disaster. Now, as the station’s second crew settles into their fifty-nine day mission, another kind of crisis is about to threaten Skylab—one that has nothing to do with the hazards of space travel.In the fall of 1973, the United States is struggling. Gas prices are skyrocketing thanks to an oil embargo. The Vietnam War is dragging on, costing thousands of American lives and hundreds of millions of dollars. In the White House, Richard Nixon’s presidency is hanging by a thread, as details of the Watergate scandal leak out. Against this backdrop, public interest in the U.S. space program is waning — and with it, Congress’s will to continue funding it. Now, faced with deep budget cuts, NASA may have no choice but to bring its space station program to a premature end.Support this show by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for free and see why it's the best choice for all your hiring needs at ZipRecruiter.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
10/10/1939m 41s

Introducing Lost at the Smithsonian with Aasif Mandvi

Check out Lost at the Smithsonian, a new podcast from Stitcher! Comedian and pop culture fanatic Aasif Mandvi gets up close and personal with the most iconic artifacts at the National Museum of American History. Join Aasif and his guests as they explore how vintage clothing, ratty furniture, and mismatched shoes transformed into Fonzie's leather jacket, Archie Bunker's chair, and Dorothy's ruby slippers and became defining symbols of American culture along the way. Lost at the Smithsonian is out NOW — listen wherever you get your podcasts, or at smarturl.it/LostAtTheSmithsonian
04/10/196m 16s

Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| We Fix Anything | 2

Skylab was NASA’s underdog — a cobbled-together  program that lived in the shadow of the Apollo moon landings. But with the last of those moon landings completed in December of 1972, it was finally Skylab’s time to shine.That is, until launch. Now the eighty-ton space station is in orbit, but it’s badly damaged — possibly uninhabitable. And the timing couldn’t be worse. With America in the midst of a recession, politicians’ patience for NASA’s huge budgets is wearing thin. If Skylab turns out to be a two billion dollar boondoggle, it could set the entire American space program back decades.Support us by supporting our sponsors!JustWorks - For a limited time, you can get 2 free months when you go to justworks.com/aiPolicy Genius - Go to Policygenius.com to get quotes and apply in minutes.Lutron Caseta -Get smart lighting the smart way with Caséta by Lutron smart switches. Learn more about Caseta at Lutron.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
03/10/1939m 8s

Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| Apollo’s Leftovers | 1

Fifty years ago, America’s space program achieved its greatest triumph, when Apollo Eleven put the first men on the moon.The Apollo program was a remarkable success story. But as NASA was sending men to the moon, they were engaged in another, less celebrated project — one even more important than the moon landings to humanity’s potential future in space. That project was called Skylab — America’s first space station.Chances are you’ve never heard of Skylab. If you know anything about it at all, you know that after it was launched into orbit, it came crashing back down to Earth. But before that crash, Skylab taught NASA more things about living and working in space than any program before it.So why did one of the engineers who worked on Skylab once call it “the little redheaded bastard out behind the barn”? Why do so many accounts of NASA’s achievements barely mention it? Why have most Americans never heard of America’s first space station?Support us by supporting our Sponsors!JustWorks - Try Justworks for yourself. For a limited time, you can get 2 free months when you go to justworks.com/aiPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
26/09/1939m 2s

Introducing The Lead: Your New Daily Sports Fix

From Wondery and The Athletic, The Lead is the first daily sports podcast that will bring you one big story each day from The Athletic's all-star team of local and national sports reporters. Subscribe now to hear new episodes each weekday morning: http://wondery.fm/TheLeadED
16/09/197m 59s

Sex, Cereal, and Nut Milks - The Complicated Legacy of the Kelloggs | 4

We conclude our series on Corn Flakes with Howard Markel author of "The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek." Markel joins us to talk about how he discovered the Kellogg's story and how their innovations changed the world of medicine, business, and of course, what we eat for breakfast today. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
12/09/1929m 35s

Get Ready for College Football Season

If you’re a fan of all the pageantry and excitement that college football brings, then The Solid Verbal is the podcast for you. Join hosts Dan Rubenstein and Ty Hildenbrandt as they offer insights into each conference, game analysis, and plenty of commentary throughout the season and beyond. Start listening today at: http://wondery.fm/solidverbal
06/09/196m 39s

Corn Flakes | Kellogg vs Kellogg | 3

Now that Will has officially left the San, it would seem his days of servitude and humiliation are finally over. But John has no intention of leaving him in peace.As Will forges ahead with his groundbreaking cereal business, John resorts to desperate measures to make sure he’ll never have to share the spotlight with his brother. Even if it ends up costing him everything. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - To try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE go to ZipRecruiter.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
05/09/1939m 21s

Corn Flakes | Crunch Time | 2

After missing the chance to buy the rights to Shredded Wheat, the Kellogg brothers are on a quest to make toasted wheat flakes the leader of the breakfast revolution.The cereal they make would change the culinary landscape of the country—and push their relationship to the breaking point. Support us by supporting or sponsors!Lightstream - As a listener of American Innovations, you can apply now to get a special interest rate discount. The ONLY way to get this discount is to go to LIGHTSTREAM.COM/AITitan -  Sign up for Titan today and get 25% off your advisory fees. Head totitanvest.com/ai to get startedPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
29/08/1940m 27s

Corn Flakes | The Brothers of Battle Creek | 1

For the first 150 years of American history, American citizens were plagued by gastrointestinal issues. Diarrhea, gastritis and dysentery were pretty much a way of life. Indigestion was such an immense problem, the poet Walt Whitman called it “the Great American Evil.” All these stomach issues were thanks, in part, to breakfast—which looked very different than it does today.  Roast pork, pickled vegetables and thick gruel were common staples on the American breakfast table. That is, until two brothers — John Harvey and Will Keith Kellogg — invented a ready-to-eat dry cereal that changed American commerce, medicine, and the way we eat even as it locked the brothers in a vitriolic battle that would last their entire lives. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Titan - Sign up for Titan today and get 25% off your advisory fees. Head to titanvest.com/ai to get started.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
22/08/1940m 36s

The Heimlich Maneuver | 1

In the 1960s, choking was a national epidemic. In the United States alone, close to 4,000 people were dying from choking every year.  Lobster, ham, and hamburger were common culprits. But steak was by far the greatest offender. Coroners called for a solution to these “Cafe Coronaries,” and the medical community responded with weird and dangerous gadgets: vacuum tubes and long tweezers. But Dr. Henry Heimlich knew this problem required something else; a simple technique that anyone can use to save the lives of choking victims—the Heimlich Maneuver. The Heimlich Maneuver would save the lives of thousands of people, including Carrie Fisher, Cher, New York Mayor Ed Koch, and at least one American President. And yet, Dr. Heimlich would spend a decade fighting for the legitimacy of his life-saving maneuver. Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - And right now, listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address: ZipRecruiter.com/AITitan - Sign up for Titan today and get 25% off your advisory fees. Head to titanvest.com/ai to get started.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
15/08/1943m 45s

Author Jason Torchinsky Talks Our Autonomous Future | 3

The first mass rollout of robots into mainstream life won’t be humanoid machines designed to clean our homes or mow our lawns. It will be our cars. That’s what author Jason Torchinsky argues in his book “Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving.” Torchinsky, senior editor at Jalopnik.com joins us to talk about why building truly autonomous vehicles is a lot more complicated than we think.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Mack Weldon - For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code AI at checkout.Viima - For a free two month premium plan subscription with unlimited users visit viima.com/ai.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
08/08/1933m 30s

Introducing Sean Carroll's Mindscape

How big is our galaxy? Why do certain movies make us cry? And what exactly is string theory? Join Sean Carroll's Mindscape to dive deep into the biggest ideas in science, philosophy, culture and much more. Start listening today at http://wondery.fm/SCMindscape
05/08/198m 56s

Innovation Fails: DeLorean | Shifting Gears | 2

The DeLorean was going to change the automotive industry. Designed to be fast, fuel-efficient, durable and affordable, it was going to be the first ethical sports car. It was going to break Detroit’s monopoly on car manufacturing and bring stability to Ireland’s fragile economy. So what went wrong? And what can we learn from it?Support us by supporting our sponsors!LightStream - As a listener of American Innovations, you can apply now to get a special interest rate discount. The ONLY way to get this discount is to go to lightstream.com/ai Viima - To get a free two-month subscription to its Premium plan with unlimited users, go to viima.com/ai Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
01/08/1942m 42s

Innovation Fails: DeLorean | Driven to Succeed | 1

Normally on American Innovations, we look at the history of the science and technology that transformed the world we live in. These stories teach us about the vision, grit, competition, and teamwork required to conquer new frontiers and forge new pathways to the future. But equally valuable, perhaps, are the stories of those visionary innovators who seemed poised for greatness, who aimed for the stars, and then fell, crashing spectacularly back to earth.In this series, we’ll examine one of the greatest failures in automotive history: the life and work of John DeLorean, the maverick engineer whose technical achievements seemed destined for the history books, among the likes of Henry Ford and Elon Musk. But instead, he became known for his dramatic demise. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Viima - Go to viima.com/AI to get a free two-month Premium plan subscription with unlimited users.Zip Recruiter - To try Zip Recruiter for free, go to ziprecruiter.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
25/07/1940m 24s

The Birth Control Pill | Biologist Timothy Mousseau Can't Stop Going Back To Chernobyl | 4

Radioactive bugs, birds, and dogs: these are a few of biologist Timothy Mousseau’s favorite things. Though the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and neighboring Pripyat have sat largely abandoned for over 30 years, Mousseau has been back more than 50 times. Radiation levels vary inside the evacuation zone — perfect conditions he says to observe its effects on the creatures that call the area home.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Mack Weldon - For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code AI at checkoutCayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
04/07/1926m 53s

The Birth Control Pill | Paradise and the Pill | 3

Since its launch, the birth control project had faced one obstacle after another. And over the year and a half that they’d been working, they had managed to solve all of their problems, except one: recruiting test subject for human trials.Birth control was still illegal in the US, so they couldn’t advertise the study, and if they couldn’t advertise, they couldn’t recruit subjects. At the time, the problem seemed insurmountable. But then, while on vacation, Dr. Gregory Pincus found the solution to his recruitment problem: Puerto Rico. Birth control was legal on the island, and more importantly, the women were desperate for an answer to their population problem. There was no doubt in Pincus’s mind: these clinical trials would cement the project’s place in history. And he was right. The trials for the birth control pill would come to be known as one of the most controversial studies in the history of American medicine. Support us by supporting our sponsors!LightStream - Apply to get a special interest rate discount, go to LIGHTSTREAM.COM/AICayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
27/06/1941m 13s

The Birth Control Pill | A Matter of Money | 2

In 1951, Dr. Gregory Pincus was on the verge of a breakthrough. He had successfully halted ovulation in rabbits and mice; now the project was finally ready for human trials. Only problem was, they had run out of money. Both Pincus and Margaret Sanger had tapped all of their respective resources. If there was any hope for the birth control pill, they'd need a big influx of cash—fast.That’s when Katharine McCormick entered the picture.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - The sooner you download the free ZipRecruiter Job Search app, the sooner it can help you find a better jobCayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
20/06/1941m 29s

Introducing 1865

1865 starts with the moment Lincoln got shot and follows the journey of the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. Stanton continues to push through Lincoln’s progressive agenda while dealing with the nuances around the assassination. But the moral gravity of his actions, and his own secrets, threaten to consume him.Hosted by Lindsay Graham of American History Teller and American Scandal, 1865 is out today. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts at wondery.fm/1865
18/06/1911m 16s

The Birth Control Pill | But Can It Be Done? | 1

When Margaret Sanger opened her birth control clinic in 1916, she knew she was breaking the law. Distributing contraceptives, or even literature about birth control, was a jailable offense. But she didn’t care. As a nurse, Sanger had sworn to devote herself to the welfare of those in her community. And in the early 1900s, that meant doing something about the public health crisis caused by unplanned pregnancies. At the turn of the century, many women were having babies with no break in between pregnancies. It put them at risk for anemia, and uterine ruptures. Miscarriages were common. Of the children that were born, one in five died during the first five years of life. To Sanger, the solution was clear: a safe, effective, discrete contraceptive for women—a pill, no bigger than an aspirin. At the time, the idea seemed more radical than putting a man on the moon. And in some ways, developing it would be even more difficult.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Art of Shaving - Visit The Art of Shaving at any of their 100 retail locations, or shop online at theartofshaving.com and use the code AI to get 15% off your first orderCayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
13/06/1940m 56s

Molly Wood: In A Changing Climate, How Can Tech Help Us Survive? | 4

Molly Wood has spent two decades covering the tech industry. As the host of “Marketplace Tech,” she demystifies the digital economy and how the world of business and tech influences us in unexpected ways. She came on the show to talk about why she’s drawn to tech world, and the role of tech in one of the biggest issues we face today: climate change.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Art of Shaving - Visit The Art of Shaving at any of their 100 retail locations, or shop online at theartofshaving.com and use the code AI to get 15% off your first orderCayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
06/06/1945m 50s

Star Wars' Cinema Technology | The Audience is Listening | 3

By 1975, George Lucas knew exactly what he wanted Star Wars to look like, but what it would sound like was another story altogether. Lucas was tired of Sci-Fi’s typical synthetic and electronic cliches; he wanted a sonic world that felt organic and personal. So he hired a young sound designer named Ben Burtt, and sent him out into the world with a recorder and microphone. Burtt would need to blend and manipulate his recordings in order to achieve original sound designs, customized in every way to help bring the Skywalker saga to life. Like a detective, Burtt would have to hunt for the perfect buzz, bark, or hum to make Star Wars come alive. And in the process, he and Lucas would help to change the way audiences experience sound in films.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Art of Shaving - Visit The Art of Shaving at any of their 100 retail locations, or shop online at theartofshaving.com and use the code AI to get 15% off your first orderCayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
30/05/1940m 45s

Sneak Peek of Inside Star Wars

In this bonus episode, Steven Johnson talks to Mark Ramsey (host of Inside Jaws, Inside Psycho) about his latest series, Inside Star Wars. If our series shines a light on the technical pioneers who transformed an impossible vision into a reality, Inside Star Wars delivers an intimate portrait of the iconic director behind that vision, George Lucas.Listen to the rest at wondery.fm/ISWED.
29/05/1913m 21s

Star Wars' Cinema Technology | The Saga Continues | 2

With the success of STAR WARS, George Lucas finally had the independence and power to make movies exactly the way he wanted to make them—which was critical, because the sequels he planned were going to be even bigger and more challenging than the original. The artists of Industrial Light and Magic had barely finished the first film, but now they’d have to top themselves--designing a snow planet, imperial walkers, tauntauns, asteroid fields, a Cloud City, and a 12-mile long Star Destroyer.From 1978 to 1983, ILM surged forward with the mandate to not only complete the original STAR WARS trilogy, but also expand the company itself. The ultimate mission: to push the edge of what visual effects could be, and ultimately lead cinema from its analogue origins, to its digital present.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - To try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AI The Art of Shaving - Visit The Art of Shaving at any of their 100 retail locations, or shop online at theartofshaving.com and use the code AI to get 15% off your first orderCayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
23/05/1943m 15s

Star Wars' Cinema Technology | 6842 Valjean Ave | 1

When STAR WARS debuted in May 1977, it gave rise to a pop-cultural phenomenon unlike any the world had ever seen. The movie was so singular and iconic, and so technically ambitious -- that it almost never came to be.To bring Star Wars to the screen, new technology had to be invented and existing technology had to be utilized in ways never before imagined. None of the special effects companies in Hollywood could handle the blend of creativity and innovation necessary to bring director George Lucas’s vision to life. So Lucas built his own studio, and forever changed the way movies are made.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Art of Shaving - Go to theartofshaving.com and enter promo code AI at checkout to get 15% off your first orderCayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
16/05/1943m 15s

Airplane | Rewriting Aviation History | 3

In 1913, the young aviation industry was in trouble. The Wright brothers’ broad proprietary claim on airplane technology—and their willingness to sue competitors—created a legal bottleneck that was stifling the airplane’s development.Their legal power over aviation stemmed from the idea that they were the first to build a plane capable of flying. But what if they weren’t the first? In early 1914, Glenn Curtiss was presented with the opportunity to test that idea. Ironically, the experiment would end up costing him his place in history.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Art of Shaving - Listeners of American Innovations are invited to get 15% off their first order by using the promo code AI at checkout, online or at any The Art of Shaving stores.Cayman Jack - This Cinco de Mayo, take your celebration to the next level. Download Cayman Jack’s “How to Cinco Guide” at cinco.caymanjack.com.Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
02/05/1940m 55s

Airplane | Wrights and Wrongs | 2

Glenn Curtiss may have mastered the technical aspects of the airplane, but in September of 1909, Curtiss found himself painfully ill-equipped to handle the latest challenge before him: the Wright brothers were suing him for patent infringement., demanding he stop building, selling, and even flying his planes. While Curtiss was the main target of the lawsuit, the outcome of the case would affect the industry as a whole. That’s because the question at hand focused on the interpretation and application of patent law. Specifically, could any one man--or in this case, two brothers--legally own the air.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address: ZipRecruiter.com/AICayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
25/04/1941m 17s

Airplane | The Flight of the June Bug | 1

Think for a moment about some of the pioneering developments from the earliest days of American aviation: The first pilot’s licence; the first flight from one city to another; the first airplane sold commercially. More than a century later, most people attribute these milestones to the Wright brothers. But the Wright brothers were responsible for none of these firsts. In fact, all of these achievements belong to just one man: Glenn Hammond Curtiss, the father of modern aviation. So why is it that most Americans have never heard his name? Support us by supporting our sponsors! Cayman Jack - Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
18/04/1944m 15s

Introducing Sports Wars

Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic rivalries? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars” and “American Scandal” comes Sports Wars, an electric new series that offers an immersive, courtside look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: starting with Aaron Rodgers vs. Brett Favre. Subscribe to Sports Wars at wondery.fm/sportswars
17/04/195m 55s

Jaron Lanier Wants You to Delete Social Media | 5

Twitter, Facebook, Youtube. The past year has brought a backlash against these companies and others over data privacy and their treatment of speech. Tech visionary and critic Jaron Lanier discusses his take on social media and why he thinks you should delete yours.Read Jaron’s latest book: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Right Now.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!Cayman Jack - Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
11/04/1943m 15s

XX Factor | Hedy Lamarr | 4

Glamour. Hollywood. Drama. Although she was known as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Actress Hedy Lamarr’s greatest life work was far from the silver screen. At the height of her film career, and in the midst of a world war, Hedy invented the basis for all modern wireless communications: signal hopping.Part of a special series with Smithsonian Magazine highlighting the lives of women inventors to celebrate Women’s History Month. Head over to Smithsonian.com/Wondery to go deeper, or find us on Twitter @InnovationsPod. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Stitcher - You can find episodes of American Innovations, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code “WONDERY”.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
04/04/1946m 51s

XX Factor | Margaret Knight | 3

A machine to mass produce paper bags. Seems unremarkable today, but in the 1800s, it was cutting edge. The technology would change everyday life, and maybe, the life of one inventor: Margaret Knight. That is if she could get people to believe she invented it. Part of a special series with Smithsonian Magazine highlighting the lives of women inventors to celebrate Women’s History Month. Head over to Smithsonian.com/Wondery to go deeper, or find us on Twitter @InnovationsPod. Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Art of Shaving - Go to theartofshaving.com and enter promo code AI at checkout to get 15% off your first order!ZipRecruiter - Right now, listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
28/03/1946m 26s

XX Factor | Madam C.J. Walker | 2

The first self-made female African American millionaire is how she’s known. But Madam C.J. Walker’s story is much more than a rags to riches tale of a cosmetics industry mogul. She was an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. Along the way, she faced challenges from inside her own community and found a way to transform them into successes.Part of a special series with Smithsonian Magazine highlighting the lives of women inventors to celebrate Women’s History Month. Head over to Smithsonian.com/Wondery to go deeper, or find us on Twitter @InnovationsPod.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Right now, listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
21/03/1939m 59s

XX Factor | The Woman Who Put Man on the Moon | 1

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are preparing to land on the Moon. The whole world is watching live on television. But something is very wrong, their warning alarms are flashing and they don't know what it is. There’s only one woman who can fix it: MIT software engineer Margaret Hamilton.This is the first episode of a special series with Smithsonian Magazine highlighting the lives of women inventors to celebrate Women’s History Month. Head over to Smithsonian.com/Wondery to go deeper, or find us on Twitter @InnovationsPod.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Art of Shaving - Go to theartofshaving.com and enter promo code AI at checkout to get 15% off your first order!Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
14/03/1940m 33s

Coca-Cola: The Perfect Package | 2

Things are really picking up for Coca-Cola, thanks to its industrious new—and most importantly, sober—owner, Asa Candler. Over the past year, Candler’s sold enough syrup to make half a million glasses of soda. The drink is loved by everyone who tries it, but on the business side, Candler is still just scraping by. To turn Coca-Cola into the sensation he knows it can be, he will have to battle a slew of imposters, take a massive marketing risk, and deal with one very problematic ingredient: cocaine.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Right now, listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AI The Art of Shaving - Go to theartofshaving.com and enter promo code AI at checkout to get 15% off your first order!Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
28/02/1942m 10s

Coca-Cola: The Cocaine Clinician | 1

In the wake of the Civil War, Atlanta emerged as both the cultural capital of the New South, and the epicenter of its snake oil trade. A shell-shocked populace, haunted by poverty, hunger and disease sought salvation in the dubious cure-all tonics of the pharmacy trade. What they got instead would go on to become the most famous beverage in the world: Coca-Cola. Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
21/02/1943m 0s

Introducing One Plus One

Every great collaboration is a love story. It’s intense. Passionate. Along the way, there are flashes of love, hate, pride, ego, ambition, and brilliance. This is One Plus One, the show about the spark that drives two original thinkers to ultimate success. We’ll unearth the stories of Paul McCartney & John Lennon, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Shaq & Kobe, and many more, and learn what it is about their chemistry that led them to greatness. Subscribe to One Plus One today at wondery.fm/OnePlusOne
19/02/1910m 49s

Making Decisions with Malcolm Gladwell | 4

Malcolm Gladwell joins Steven Johnson to talk about innovation, writing, and Steven’s latest book “Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most.”The conversation was put on by the Next Big Idea Club. It’s a book club hand-curated by four legendary writers: Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink and Adam Grant. You can sign up at NextBigIdeaClub.com/AI.Each season, you’ll get two books that will change the way you think and live. You’ll be introduced to essential ideas about productivity, business, psychology, and more. You’ll also get access to The Next Big Idea Club’s exclusive tools like online video insights, author interviews, and study guides to help you implement these life-changing concepts. They’ve also got an online forum where you can discuss the books and ideas with other passionate learners, Next Big Idea Club curators, and the authors themselves.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Find your next great hire at ZipRecruiter.com/AI
14/02/1947m 20s

Rubber: The Miracle Material | Trials and Tribulations | 3

Horace Day made a fortune off of the vulcanizing process Goodyear repeatedly went broke trying to develop. Now, with the help of the most famous attorney in the country, Secretary of State, Daniel Webster, Goodyear plans to make Day pay.
07/02/1936m 43s

Rubber: The Miracle Material | Things Heat Up | 2

In 1839, Charles Goodyear accidentally discovered the key to rubber. Sulfur alone had proved too fragile, but when he combined it with heat? Durable, stable rubber. Finally Goodyear’s dreams were within his grasp. But that’s when he caught the eye of a New Jersey merchant named Horace Day, and things took a turn for the worse.Support us by supporting our sponsors!
31/01/1937m 24s

Rubber: The Miracle Material | Bouncing Ideas | 1

In a world where materials were limited to wood, leather, metal, and cloth, rubber was something new: a substance that was strong, soft, flexible, and waterproof—but completely undependable. Then along came a 33 year-old hardware merchant named Charles Goodyear, who made it his personal mission to conquer rubber at any cost. 
24/01/1936m 55s

Bill Nye Wants to Save the World | 5

Bill Nye tell us how he became “The Science Guy,” why climate change is solvable, and what he thinks is the most important innovation of all time. He’ll talk his new Netflix show, “Bill Nye Saves the World” — which pretty much sums up what he’s trying to do these days. Plus, he shares his memories of Carl Sagan and how to combat today’s anti-science movement.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Find your next great hire at ZipRecruiter.com/AI
17/01/1947m 14s

2018's Best and Worst Tech Moments | 4

Crypto woes, Facebook scandals, a Mars lander, and foldable phones. 2018 was a mixed bag for innovation. Journalists Devindra Hardawar, Engadget, and Clive Thompson, Wired & The New York Times Magazine, join Steven to talk about the year in science and technology - and what's to come in 2019.Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comCrowd Cow - Get $25 off your first order at CrowdCow.com/AIThe Art of Shaving - The perfect shave is here. Get 15% off your first order by using the promo code "AI" at checkout online or in the store.
27/12/1849m 33s

Virtual Reality I VR Gets Luckey | 3

VR is dead. Then along comes a teenager with a vision and a headset and changes everything.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE MONTH TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
20/12/1834m 58s

Virtual Reality | Simulation Sickness | 2

Atari has assembled the best of the best. They look ready to get VR off the ground but then the company they make a colossal mistake. The mistake’s name is E.T.Support this show by supporting our sponsors!Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.comThe Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE MONTH TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.
13/12/1848m 33s

Virtual Reality I The Sword of Damocles | 1

In the 1960s a group of scientists and engineers had a vision: that one day people could put on a pair of goggles and enter a whole new world.Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.comSimplisafe - Protect your home and family today at simplisafe.com/innovations
06/12/1842m 23s

Interview | Stuff You Should Know | 4

An interview with Josh Clark, co-host of the “Stuff You Should Know” podcast. Josh has a new show called “The End of the World with Josh Clark” that looks at those big existential questions we humans can’t seem to settle: Are we alone in the universe? Where did we come from? And, what’s next for us?Support this show by supporting our sponsors!The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.The Art of Shaving - The perfect shave is here. Get 15% off your first order by using the promo code "AI" at checkout online or in the store.Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com
29/11/1850m 14s

Introducing TBD with Tina Brown | 5

As editor in chief at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Tina Brown has had opportunity to sit down with the world’s most important people to hear their thoughts on the zeitgeist and on her new Podcast, “TBD with Tina Brown,” she invites you to hear her candid conversations with writers, politicals, crime sleuths, journalist and the newsmakers of tomorrow’s social debates. Subscribe to TBD with Tina Brown on Apple Podcasts or by visiting wondery.fm/tbd
28/11/188m 7s

Conquering Pain | Ether Dreams | 3

As Horace Wells’ life went from bad to worse, William Morton was handed a golden opportunity. At stake was scientific pride and a lot of money. But who will triumph?Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.comThe Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.
22/11/1842m 54s

Conquering Pain | The Swindle | 2

After experimenting on himself, Horace Wells realized that laughing gas might help make surgeries less painful. But his search for a business partner would lead him to a fateful encounter with a petty crook named William Morton.Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com
15/11/1839m 58s

Conquering Pain | The Frolic | 1

For decades, Americans resigned themselves to gritting their teeth through the agony of surgery. And then along came an eminent surgeon, a charming swindler and his hapless mark and changed everything.Support this show by supporting our sponsors!Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.comSimplisafe - Protect your home and family today at simplisafe.com/innovations
08/11/1833m 57s

Introducing Imagined Life

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life. Subscribe today at www.wondery.fm/imaginedlife
05/11/184m 16s

Preventing Paralysis | And Stay Out! | 4

The polio vaccine may have wiped out the disease in the United States, but the struggle to eradicate it continues around the world. Dr. Rosamund Lewis is an expert in immunization and helps lead the World Health Organization’s initiative for polio eradication.You're supporting this show by supporting our sponsors!The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com
01/11/1846m 18s

Preventing Paralysis | The Fight Goes On | 3

In 1955, the world received its first viable polio vaccine, courtesy of Jonas Salk. He was hailed as a hero until kids started to fall sick with polio. A bad batch of vaccines was thought to be to blame. But the panic But it was also an opening for a scientist with a competing vision. Albert Sabin warned of the dangers of Salk’s vaccine from the start. The final clash between the two vaccines, and the two scientists, is the true story of how polio was conquered.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.comSimplisafe - Proetct your home and family today at simplisafe.com/innovatiosLinkedin Marketing Solutions - Get a free $100 ad credit when you visit them at linkedin.com/ai
25/10/1840m 16s

Preventing Paralysis | Can You Patent The Sun? | 2

Pressure mounts and so does the realization that the fight against polio will be a risky one with enormous consequences for failure. Vaccines contain benign samples of the viruses they’re designed to protect against. If a flawed polio vaccine is tested on humans, many could get sick.American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free by visitingZipRecruiter.com/AI.
18/10/1846m 4s

Preventing Paralysis | Marching Towards a Cure | 1

By the middle of the last century Americans lived in fear of one disease: polio. The story of the polio vaccine is not just a scientific story- it’s a political and financial one, too. One that would pave the way for medical research fundraising campaigns that followed.  American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free by visiting ZipRecruiter.com/AI.
11/10/1836m 29s

Introducing Legal Wars | 5

The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read.Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WARS puts you inside the jury box of some of the most famous court cases in American history. Subscribe to Legal Wars today at www.wondery.fm/legalwars
10/10/1810m 12s

Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov | 6

An interview with the Grandmaster himself: Garry Kasparov. In 1985, he earned international fame when he became the youngest world chess champion at just 22-years-old. He went on to defend his title for more than a decade. But it’s his 6-game match against IBM’s supercomputer “Deep Blue” in 1997 that will be remembered as a defining moment in the history of chess -- and artificial intelligence.American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comSimplisafe- Protect your home and family today by visiting Simplisafe.com/innovationsPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
04/10/1847m 19s

Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 5

Can a computer pass for human? And more importantly, can a computer beat a human at Jeopardy? It’s all fun and games until we start putting life-changing decisions in the hands of machines.Written by Steven JohnsonAmerican Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comSunbasket - Get $35 off your first order at sunbasket.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
27/09/1844m 22s

Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am | 4

A leap in the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence causes concern about the dangers ahead.  Written by Tom SimoniteAmerican Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comSunbasket - Get $35 off your first order at sunbasket.com/AIPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
20/09/1839m 44s

Introducing American Scandal | 4

Since the founding of the United States, in every generation, in every field of business, politics, sports and society, we’ve watched in shock as corruption, deceit and desire bring down heroes, titans and those we thought we could trust.In the aftermath, we’re left with too many questions, how did this happen? Who is to blame?Subscribe to American Scandal today. www.wondery.fm/scandal
18/09/1815m 50s

Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 3

The development of smartphone Artificial Intelligence from early government research funding and the first experimental robot in Silicon Valley to the rise of the personal assistant known as Siri.American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
13/09/1838m 9s

Thinking Machines| How Do You Make a Computer Blink | 2

With six different kinds of pieces, 64 squares to move in, and billions of possible combinations of moves, chess is a good test for a computer. The number of distinct 40-move games is far greater than the number of electrons in the visible universe. For all intents and purposes: almost infinite.Gary Kasparov is the world’s best chess player. Deep Blue is a computer. It’s humanity v machine. There’s a lot at stake and things turn controversial fast with accusations of cheating, a very human meltdown and a computer that hallucinates.American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
06/09/1839m 7s

Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence | 1

Artificial Intelligence is no longer the stuff of science fiction. And it’s about to get much more powerful: machines that can reason, create, predict the future, even dream. AI is likely to be one of the most transformative technologies of the 21st-century.This is the first in our four-episode series about the rise of artificial intelligence and humanity's quest to breathe intellectual life into computers. In this episode, we're going to meet the mavericks who first dreamed of a world where machines capable of being smarter than the people who created them.And what better way for smart machines and their creators to face off in a battle of wits -- than by playing chess?Pre-order Steven Johnson’s new book Farsighted now before it is released on September 4th. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comSimplisafe- Protect your home and family today by visiting Simplisafe.com/innovationsPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
30/08/1840m 27s

The Future Of | Predicting the Future | 4

Today is the last episode in our interview series on the future. Next week, we’ll be back with a new narrative arc on the fascinating history of artificial intelligence. But before we get to A.I. and the future that IT holds, what is the key to looking ahead? We’re obviously very interested in the future here at American Innovations. So far, we’ve talked about the growing crisis facing our planet’s freshwater, to the pursuit of immortality, to the revolution that the blockchain and digital currencies might bring. But what about the art of predicting the future itself? That’s the question we’re gonna be exploring today with futurist Jane McGonigal. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
23/08/1854m 31s

The Future Of | Commerce | 3

You’ve probably heard a lot about Bitcoin by now. Cryptocurrencies are shaking up the global finance industry. Some even say this form of commerce will be more disruptive than the creation of the internet itself. To understand this revolution, you have to get outside the idea that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are just new forms of currency. So today’s episode ISN’T on Bitcoin. Today, we’re talking with Erin Griffith about the underlying platform that allows Bitcoin to thrive: the blockchain.American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
16/08/1833m 34s

The Future Of | Health | 2

For nearly two decades, Dr. Joon Yun has been chasing the idea of curing the most pressing disease of our time: old age. In our arc on the history of DNA science, we looked at how the mapping of the human genome and new advances like CRISPR gene editing might transform health care and extend average life expectancies. But what if that’s only the beginning? Could science potentially find a cure...for death itself?American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
09/08/1848m 18s

The Future Of | Food | 1

We’ve spent a lot of time traveling through history on this show, from Gregor Mendel and the early days of genetic research to the Manhattan Projects and the race to unlock the secrets of the atom.But what about the ideas, inventions, and advances of OUR time? Today’s innovations are rapidly changing everything around us and will continue to transform the centuries ahead. What will the world of tomorrow look like? That’s the question we’re going to be asking over the next few episodes. Welcome...to the future.On this episode, we're speaking with Florencia Ramirez of eatlesswater.com.American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:SimpliSafe - Protect your home and family today by visiting Simplisafe.com/innovationsWix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
02/08/1843m 11s

Nuclear Energy | Interview with James Mahaffee | 7

Nuclear Energy is a story that’s included a cursed plutonium core, runaway reactors, a magic neutron wand and Charlie Chaplin. We've also heard about the missteps. Fake nuclear fusion plants and some overoptimistic claims about cold fusion. In this episode, we're talking to someone who actually helped investigate that last claim. James Mahaffee, an author, nuclear science historian, and a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
26/07/1840m 37s

Nuclear Energy | A Glowing Future | 6

This series has taken us from Albert Einstein in the Swiss Patent office to the bombing of Japan, from the monster movies of the 1960s to nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island. Nuclear energy fell rapidly out of fashion, and to many it seemed like the atomic age is coming to a close. Except maybe it’s not. Because right now there are multi-billion dollar projects underway to turn atoms into energy again - this time through the power of nuclear fusion. Welcome to your future. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOther sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comCasper - Get $50 toward select mattresses by going to Casper.com/AI
19/07/1841m 48s

Nuclear Energy | Backlash | 5

Nuclear energy was once a promising endless, clean, safe energy source. By the late 1950s, that optimism was fading. That was partially over fear of nuclear weapons, but then there was the fallout. Radioactive fallout, dust snowing from the sky after massive desert nuclear tests. Once the public found out, there was no saving it. "Nuclear power is not only dirty and undependable, it’s about as safe as a closetful of cobras.”American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try ZipRecruiter for free by visiting ZipRecruiter.com/AI.Other sponsors include:Hims - Get a trial month of hair loss prevention for just $5 when you visit them at ForHims.com/innovationsWix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
12/07/1840m 6s

Nuclear Energy | Meltdown | 4

The first serious accident from a nuclear reactor happened in the United States in 1960. It wouldn't be the last. And in the coming decades, a new word will be used to talk about accidents of these kind, a word that will strike fear into the hearts of people living near nuclear power plants from Russia to Japan to the United States: meltdown. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try ZipRecruiter for free by visiting ZipRecruiter.com/AI.Other sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comSimplisafe- Protect your home and family today by visiting Simplisafe.com/innovations
05/07/1841m 21s

Nuclear Energy | Atoms For Peace | 3

After the war, scientists who’d come to work at Los Alamos went their separate ways. They’d figured out how to destroy cities, but now they wanted to control atoms. The Atomic Energy Commission was created to support nuclear energy experiments, and Eisenhower himself created a catchy slogan to go with the new direction: Atoms for Peace.American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter.Try ZipRecruiter for free by visiting ZipRecruiter.com/AI.Other sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comBombas - Save 20% on your new favorite socks when you visit them at Bombas.com/innovations and enter code INNOVATIONS at checkoutAudible - Start your free trial and download a free audiobook by going to Audible.com/AI or text AI to 500-500
28/06/1841m 7s

Nuclear Energy | Bombs Come First | 2

The Second World War energized research on atomic science and the United States was at the forefront. For one, it had the scientists. Second, the US government was willing to back the research. Third, we wanted the bombs.However darkly depressing this seems it’s true. Our history of nuclear power is intertwined with the history of nuclear weapons.American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. You can try it for FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AI.Other sponsors includeWix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comSimplisafe - Protect your home and family today by visiting Simplisafe.com/innovations
21/06/1837m 53s

Nuclear Energy | E = MC Squared | 1

In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower went on national television introducing a new kind of power plant, one that will transform the world. Nuclear energy and the Atomic Age took America by storm, but this misunderstood technology’s potential has always been in question.Last series we looked at the building blocks of life, DNA. This time we’re turning to atoms, and specifically to the energy that comes from splitting atoms. We’ll take you to one of the most powerful and controversial energy sources on earth: nuclear energy.Support this show by supporting our sponsors!American Innovations is pleased to have ZipRecruiter as its presenting sponsor.  ZipRecruiter strives to lead the way in innovating talent recruitment for businesses of all sizes. It’s the smartest way to hire. Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOur other sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comHims - Get a trial month of hair loss prevention for just $5 when you visit them at ForHims.com/innovations
14/06/1847m 14s

Life’s Building Blocks | Interview with Britt Wray | 7

To wrap up The Dynamo of DNA, we're talking to Britt Wray. You can follow her on Twitter, and visit her website for more. You can also pick up her book, Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction to learn more about De-Extinction.We’ll be back next week with an all new arc on nuclear energy.Support this show by supporting our sponsors!American Innovations is pleased to have ZipRecruiter as its presenting sponsor.  ZipRecruiter strives to lead the way in innovating talent recruitment for businesses of all sizes. It’s the smartest way to hire. Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOur other sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com.Audible - Start your free trial and download a free audiobook by going to Audible.com/AI or text AI to 500-500.
07/06/1842m 56s

Life’s Building Blocks | Return of the Mammoths | 6

The human genome project finally allowed us to read the “Book of Life,” the genetic code of living things. But now there’s a tool - CRISPR - that will allow us to rewrite it. With CRISPR, we can change the color of flowers, eliminate diseases, and even… bring back Wooly Mammoths.We hope you enjoyed our first series, The Dynamo of DNA. Join us next week for a conversation with scientist, broadcaster and author Britt Wray.Support us by supporting our sponsors!American Innovations is pleased to have ZipRecruiter as its presenting sponsor.  ZipRecruiter strives to lead the way in innovating talent recruitment for businesses of all sizes. It’s the smartest way to hire. Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOur other sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comBombas - Save 20% on your new favorite socks when you visit them at Bombas.com/innovations and enter code INNOVATIONS at checkout
31/05/1846m 25s

Life’s Building Blocks | Testing Times | 5

Over the past 50 years, our understanding of DNA has grown exponentially. It took supercomputers working overtime to produce a single genomic map… and now all it takes is a spit sample that you drop in the mail. For about a hundred bucks, you can have your own personal genome mapped. One thing we still haven’t figured out is what to DO with all of that information. It’s been used to map family trees, trace diseases, exonerate innocents and catch serial killers - and that’s only the beginning. Support us by supporting our sponsors!American Innovations is pleased to have ZipRecruiter as its presenting sponsor.  ZipRecruiter strives to lead the way in innovating talent recruitment for businesses of all sizes. It’s the smartest way to hire. Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOur other sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comBombas - Save 20% on your new favorite socks when you visit them at Bombas.com/innovations and enter code INNOVATIONS at checkout
24/05/1838m 39s

Life’s Building Blocks | The Race for the Genome | 4

The path to understand genetics was rife squabbles and competition among scientists vying to discover genes, chromosomes, and the structure of DNA. The tussles had been going on for a century.But the 1980s introduced an even bigger grudge match: who’d be the first to map the entire human genetic code?This race would get downright nasty before it was done. Along the way there would be a lot of good science. But the science often took a back seat, as politics, money, and egos all got in the way.Support us by supporting our sponsors!American Innovations is pleased to have ZipRecruiter as its presenting sponsor.  ZipRecruiter strives to lead the way in innovating talent recruitment for businesses of all sizes. It’s the smartest way to hire. Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOur other sponsors include:Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.comHims - Get started today and get a full trial month for just $5 when you go to ForHims.com/innovations
17/05/1845m 27s

Life’s Building Blocks | Double Helix | 3

From your high school science classes you may know the names Watson and Crick. If you took any more biology classes you may have heard of Wilkins, but a third name is often overlooked: Rosalind Franklin. Together, they took blurry photographs of DNA goo and discovered “the secret to life.”Support us by supporting our sponsors!American Innovations is pleased to have ZipRecruiter as its presenting sponsor.  ZipRecruiter strives to lead the way in innovating talent recruitment for businesses of all sizes. It’s the smartest way to hire. Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/AI
10/05/1843m 22s

Life’s Building Blocks| Civil War | 2

When Gregor Mendel discovered genes, he had no idea that his discoveries with pea plants would outlive him. He was just an isolated monk playing in his garden. And his ideas collected dust in university libraries for 40 years until a biologist named William Bateson discovered his work. And by the end of the first page, Bateson knew Mendel’s ideas would change the world. He said, “An exact determination of the laws of heredity will probably work more change in man’s outlook of the world, and in his power over nature, than in any other advance in natural knowledge that can be foreseen.”Support us by supporting our sponsors!American Innovations is pleased to have ZipRecruiter as its presenting sponsor.  ZipRecruiter strives to lead the way in innovating talent recruitment for businesses of all sizes. It’s the smartest way to hire. Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/AIOur other sponsors include:Casper - Get $50 toward select mattresses by going to Casper.com/AI
10/05/1845m 10s

Where Are Past Seasons?

Hey American Innovations listeners! You might be wondering what happened to some of our older seasons. We’ve moved them to our new premium service, Wondery+, where you can listen ad-free and get access to more Wondery shows. For a limited time, we’re offering listeners of American Innovations a free week of Wondery+. Just go to wonderyplus.com/AI.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
10/05/1828s

Introducing American Innovations

The leaps of mankind, as they happened.Premieres May 10.Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/innovationsPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
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