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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.

  1. 1.
    Google's Quantum Breakthrough11/14/2019
    31:56
  2. 2.
    Electric Chair | A Matter of Light and Death | 310/31/2019
    43:18
  3. 3.
    Introducing The City: Reno10/29/2019
    8:35
  4. 4.
    Electric Chair | The War Becomes Electric | 210/24/2019
    41:52
  5. 5.
    Electric Chair | War of the Currents | 110/17/2019
    45:58
  6. 6.
    Introducing The Next Big Idea10/15/2019
    8:16
  7. 7.
    Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| Falling Back to Earth | 310/10/2019
    40:50
  8. 8.
    Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| We Fix Anything | 210/3/2019
    40:18
  1. 9.
    Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| Apollo’s Leftovers | 19/26/2019
    39:03
  2. 10.
    Sex, Cereal, and Nut Milks - The Complicated Legacy of the Kelloggs | 49/12/2019
    32:14
  3. 11.
    Corn Flakes | Kellogg vs Kellogg | 39/5/2019
    38:47
  4. 12.
    Corn Flakes | Crunch Time | 28/29/2019
    42:32
  5. 13.
    Corn Flakes | The Brothers of Battle Creek | 18/22/2019
    41:46
  6. 14.
    The Heimlich Maneuver | 18/15/2019
    45:53
  7. 15.
    Author Jason Torchinsky Talks Our Autonomous Future | 38/8/2019
    35:38
  8. 16.
    Innovation Fails: DeLorean | Shifting Gears | 28/1/2019
    43:49
  9. 17.
    Innovation Fails: DeLorean | Driven to Succeed | 17/25/2019
    42:32
  10. 18.
    Biologist Timothy Mousseau Can’t Stop Going Back To Chernobyl | 47/4/2019
    28:56
  11. 19.
    The Birth Control Pill | Paradise and the Pill | 36/27/2019
    42:20
  12. 20.
    The Birth Control Pill | A Matter of Money | 26/20/2019
    42:36
  13. 21.
    The Birth Control Pill | But Can It Be Done? | 16/13/2019
    42:03
  14. 22.
    Molly Wood: In A Changing Climate, How Can Tech Help Us Survive? | 46/6/2019
    47:53
  15. 23.
    Star Wars' Cinema Technology | The Audience is Listening | 35/30/2019
    41:52
  16. 24.
    Star Wars' Cinema Technology | The Saga Continues | 25/23/2019
    44:22
  17. 25.
    Star Wars' Cinema Technology | 6842 Valjean Ave | 15/16/2019
    44:22
  18. 26.
    Airplane | Rewriting Aviation History | 35/2/2019
    42:57
  19. 27.
    Airplane | Wrights and Wrongs | 24/25/2019
    42:24
  20. 28.
    Airplane | The Flight of the June Bug | 14/18/2019
    45:22
  21. 29.
    Jaron Lanier Wants You to Delete Social Media | 54/11/2019
    44:22
  22. 30.
    XX Factor | Hedy Lamarr | 44/4/2019
    48:54
  23. 31.
    XX Factor | Margaret Knight | 33/28/2019
    47:33
  24. 32.
    XX Factor | Madam C.J. Walker | 23/21/2019
    41:06
  25. 33.
    XX Factor | The Woman Who Put Man on the Moon | 13/14/2019
    41:40
  26. 34.
    Coca-Cola | The Perfect Package | 22/28/2019
    43:17
  27. 35.
    Coca-Cola | The Cocaine Clinician | 12/21/2019
    45:08
  28. 36.
    Making Decisions with Malcolm Gladwell | 42/14/2019
    49:22
  29. 37.
    Rubber: The Miracle Material | Trials and Tribulations | 32/7/2019
    37:50
  30. 38.
    Rubber: The Miracle Material | Things Heat Up | 21/31/2019
    38:31
  31. 39.
    Rubber: The Miracle Material | Bouncing Ideas | 11/24/2019
    38:58
  32. 40.
    Bill Nye Wants to Save the World | 51/17/2019
    49:16
  33. 41.
    2018's Best and Worst Tech Moments | 412/27/2018
    51:41
  34. 42.
    Virtual Reality I VR Gets Luckey | 312/20/2018
    37:06
  35. 43.
    Virtual Reality | Simulation Sickness | 212/13/2018
    50:35
  36. 44.
    Virtual Reality I The Sword of Damocles | 112/6/2018
    44:26
  37. 45.
    Interview | Stuff You Should Know | 411/29/2018
    51:21
  38. 46.
    Conquering Pain | Ether Dreams | 311/22/2018
    44:01
  39. 47.
    Conquering Pain | The Swindle | 211/15/2018
    42:06
  40. 48.
    Conquering Pain | The Frolic | 111/8/2018
    36:05
  41. 49.
    Preventing Paralysis | And Stay Out! | 411/1/2018
    48:26
  42. 50.
    Preventing Paralysis | The Fight Goes On | 310/25/2018
    41:23

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