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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.
    Mission To Mars | Elon Musk Takes Aim | 201/21/2021
    41:30
  2. 2.
    Wondery presents Business Movers01/15/2021
    7:27
  3. 3.
    Mission To Mars | Seeing Red | 101/14/2021
    36:03
  4. 4.
    Encore: Conquering Pain | Ether Dreams | 301/07/2021
    44:27
  5. 5.
    Encore: Conquering Pain | The Swindle | 212/31/2020
    42:28
  6. 6.
    Encore: Conquering Pain | The Frolic | 112/24/2020
    36:37
  7. 7.
    Year In Review | When Will I Get the Vaccine? | 112/17/2020
    32:44
  8. 8.
    Telephone | Our Distracted Minds | 312/10/2020
    30:48
  1. 9.
    Telephone | Guided by Voices | 212/03/2020
    42:39
  2. 10.
    Telephone | Call Waiting | 111/26/2020
    44:03
  3. 11.
    Auto-Tune: From Cher to Kanye | 111/19/2020
    44:24
  4. 12.
    The Fight Against AIDS | The AIDS-Covid Connection | 411/12/2020
    36:03
  5. 13.
    The Fight Against AIDS | The Lazarus Effect | 311/05/2020
    51:01
  6. 14.
    The Fight Against AIDS | Placebos and Profits | 210/29/2020
    39:28
  7. 15.
    The Fight Against AIDS | The Epidemic Begins | 110/22/2020
    45:24
  8. 16.
    Encore: Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 510/15/2020
    45:13
  9. 17.
    Encore: Thinking Machines | I Learn, Therefore I Am | 410/08/2020
    41:13
  10. 18.
    Encore: Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 310/01/2020
    39:59
  11. 19.
    Encore: Thinking Machines | How Do You Make A Computer Blink? | 209/24/2020
    40:56
  12. 20.
    Encore: Thinking Machines | Artificial Intelligence | 109/17/2020
    45:01
  13. 21.
    Keeping Cool | The Air Conditioning Trap | 309/10/2020
    36:06
  14. 22.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Larry Brilliant on Why We Need a Global Covid Response | 1909/08/2020
    28:21
  15. 23.
    Keeping Cool | It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity | 209/03/2020
    46:36
  16. 24.
    Keeping Cool | A Chilly Reception | 108/27/2020
    44:36
  17. 25.
    Video Games | Game Designer Ian Bogost on the Past and Future of Gaming | 408/20/2020
    42:15
  18. 26.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Vaccines (But Were Afraid to Ask) | 1808/18/2020
    25:44
  19. 27.
    Video Games | Home Invasion | 308/13/2020
    49:19
  20. 28.
    Video Games | Ping-Pong | 208/06/2020
    42:42
  21. 29.
    Video Games | Electric Dreams | 107/30/2020
    44:12
  22. 30.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Back to School | 1707/28/2020
    22:35
  23. 31.
    Radar | The Superpowers of Modern Radar | 407/23/2020
    33:08
  24. 32.
    Radar | The Rad Lab | 307/16/2020
    39:54
  25. 33.
    Radar | Mr. Bowen Goes to Washington | 207/09/2020
    43:45
  26. 34.
    Fighting Coronavirus | How We Can Still Win | 1607/07/2020
    27:55
  27. 35.
    Radar | Welcome to Tuxedo Park | 107/02/2020
    37:18
  28. 36.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Inside the NBA Bubble | 1506/30/2020
    28:36
  29. 37.
    Encore: The Polio Vaccine | The Fight Goes On | 306/25/2020
    40:58
  30. 38.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Forest Fires, Memes, & Covid-19 | 1406/23/2020
    28:26
  31. 39.
    Encore: The Polio Vaccine | Can You Patent The Sun? | 206/18/2020
    47:24
  32. 40.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Can We Ditch the Office Forever? | 1306/16/2020
    27:47
  33. 41.
    Encore: The Polio Vaccine | Marching Toward A Cure | 106/11/2020
    37:46
  34. 42.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Why Covid-19 Disproportionately Kills Black Americans | 1206/09/2020
    30:14
  35. 43.
    Ferris Wheel | Scott A. Lukas and the History of Theme Parks | 206/04/2020
    31:03
  36. 44.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Can Your Smartwatch Detect Covid-19? | 1106/03/2020
    25:07
  37. 45.
    Ferris Wheel | Wheel in the Sky | 105/28/2020
    44:42
  38. 46.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Stopping the Spread of Bad Information | 1005/26/2020
    25:07
  39. 47.
    Enemy of All Mankind | A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt | 105/21/2020
    39:04
  40. 48.
    Fighting Coronavirus | Will We Remember 2020 A Century From Now? | 905/19/2020
    26:05
  41. 49.
    Chewing Gum | The Champion of Chewers | 205/14/2020
    44:02
  42. 50.
    Fighting Coronavirus | We’re More United Than You Think | 805/12/2020
    24:34
  43. 51.
    Chewing Gum: Snapping and Stretching | 105/07/2020
    36:11
  44. 52.
    Fighting Coronavirus: Is Social Distancing Enough? | 705/05/2020
    25:14
  45. 53.
    Fighting Coronavirus: Pandemic DIY | 604/28/2020
    26:41
  46. 54.
    Dynamite: Audrey Kurth Cronin on New Technology and Terrorism | 404/23/2020
    33:17
  47. 55.
    Fighting Coronavirus: Are Our Kids Alright? | 504/21/2020
    32:20
  48. 56.
    Dynamite: The Merchant of Death is Dead | 304/16/2020
    38:44
  49. 57.
    Fighting Coronavirus: How Can Data Save Lives? | 404/14/2020
    30:40
  50. 58.
    Dynamite: The Loneliest Millionaire | 204/09/2020
    35:56
  51. 59.
    Fighting Coronavirus: When Will the Lockdown End? | 304/07/2020
    25:45
  52. 60.
    Dynamite: The Controlled Explosion | 104/02/2020
    36:36
  53. 61.
    Fighting Coronavirus: How Can We Protect City Life? | 203/31/2020
    29:22
  54. 62.
    Fighting Coronavirus: Bruce Gellin On How COVID-19 Could Change Vaccine Development | 103/26/2020
    27:32
  55. 63.
    Organ Transplant: The Heart Race | 303/19/2020
    45:49
  56. 64.
    Organ Transplant: A Matter of Life and Death | 203/12/2020
    38:49
  57. 65.
    Organ Transplant: The Kidney Twins | 103/05/2020
    45:19
  58. 66.
    Valium: Mother’s Little Helper | 302/20/2020
    40:32
  59. 67.
    Valium: The House That Leo Built | 202/13/2020
    39:28
  60. 68.
    Valium: Miltown Magic | 102/06/2020
    41:05
  61. 69.
    Electronic Television: The TVs of The Future | 301/30/2020
    29:32
  62. 70.
    Electronic Television: A Great Depression And The World's Fair | 201/23/2020
    42:38
  63. 71.
    Electronic Television: The Picture Radio | 101/16/2020
    39:20
  64. 72.
    The Year in Innovation | 601/09/2020
    43:19
  65. 73.
    Kodak Roll Film: Brownie Boom | 312/12/2019
    40:57
  66. 74.
    Kodak Roll Film: Kodak Fiends | 212/05/2019
    39:08
  67. 75.
    Kodak Roll Film: As Convenient as a Pencil | 111/28/2019
    38:05
  68. 76.
    The Modern Ambulance | 111/21/2019
    44:23
  69. 77.
    Google's Quantum Breakthrough11/14/2019
    31:56
  70. 78.
    Electric Chair | A Matter of Light and Death | 310/31/2019
    43:18
  71. 79.
    Electric Chair | The War Becomes Electric | 210/24/2019
    41:52
  72. 80.
    Electric Chair | War of the Currents | 110/17/2019
    45:58
  73. 81.
    Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret | Falling Back to Earth | 310/10/2019
    40:50
  74. 82.
    Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| We Fix Anything | 210/03/2019
    40:18
  75. 83.
    Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| Apollo’s Leftovers | 109/26/2019
    39:03
  76. 84.
    Sex, Cereal, and Nut Milks - The Complicated Legacy of the Kelloggs | 409/12/2019
    32:14
  77. 85.
    Corn Flakes | Kellogg vs Kellogg | 309/05/2019
    38:47
  78. 86.
    Corn Flakes | Crunch Time | 208/29/2019
    42:32
  79. 87.
    Corn Flakes | The Brothers of Battle Creek | 108/22/2019
    41:46
  80. 88.
    The Heimlich Maneuver | 108/15/2019
    45:53
  81. 89.
    Author Jason Torchinsky Talks Our Autonomous Future | 308/08/2019
    35:38
  82. 90.
    Innovation Fails: DeLorean | Shifting Gears | 208/01/2019
    43:49
  83. 91.
    Innovation Fails: DeLorean | Driven to Succeed | 107/25/2019
    42:32
  84. 92.
    Biologist Timothy Mousseau Can’t Stop Going Back To Chernobyl | 407/04/2019
    28:56
  85. 93.
    The Birth Control Pill | Paradise and the Pill | 306/27/2019
    42:20
  86. 94.
    The Birth Control Pill | A Matter of Money | 206/20/2019
    42:36
  87. 95.
    The Birth Control Pill | But Can It Be Done? | 106/13/2019
    42:03
  88. 96.
    Molly Wood: In A Changing Climate, How Can Tech Help Us Survive? | 406/06/2019
    47:53
  89. 97.
    Star Wars' Cinema Technology | The Audience is Listening | 305/30/2019
    41:52
  90. 98.
    Star Wars' Cinema Technology | The Saga Continues | 205/23/2019
    44:22
  91. 99.
    Star Wars' Cinema Technology | 6842 Valjean Ave | 105/16/2019
    44:22
  92. 100.
    Airplane | Rewriting Aviation History | 305/02/2019
    42:57
  93. 101.
    Airplane | Wrights and Wrongs | 204/25/2019
    42:24
  94. 102.
    Airplane | The Flight of the June Bug | 104/18/2019
    45:22
  95. 103.
    Jaron Lanier Wants You to Delete Social Media | 504/11/2019
    44:22
  96. 104.
    XX Factor | Hedy Lamarr | 404/04/2019
    48:54
  97. 105.
    XX Factor | Margaret Knight | 303/28/2019
    47:33
  98. 106.
    XX Factor | Madam C.J. Walker | 203/21/2019
    41:06
  99. 107.
    XX Factor | The Woman Who Put Man on the Moon | 103/14/2019
    41:40
  100. 108.
    Coca-Cola: The Perfect Package | 202/28/2019
    43:17
  101. 109.
    Coca-Cola: The Cocaine Clinician | 102/21/2019
    45:08
  102. 110.
    Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov | 610/04/2018
    49:27
  103. 111.
    Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 509/27/2018
    46:35
  104. 112.
    Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am | 409/20/2018
    41:51
  105. 113.
    Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 309/13/2018
    41:22
  106. 114.
    Thinking Machines| How Do You Make a Computer Blink | 209/06/2018
    42:18
  107. 115.
    Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence | 108/30/2018
    42:46
  108. 116.
    Where Are Past Seasons?05/10/2018
    43:55
  109. 117.
    Introducing American Innovations04/26/2018
    2:14

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