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These are the dramatic stories of the bright ideas and the brilliant men and women whose work has transformed the world over the last century. We tell their life stories, providing an immersive account of how they made their most famous discoveries. We’ll also put you in the shoes of everyday people whose lives were transformed by these innovations, for better and sometimes for worse. Hosted by Steven Johnson. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, Tides of History, and Dirty John.

These are the dramatic stories of the bright ideas and the brilliant men and women whose work has transformed the world over the last century. We tell their life stories, providing an immersive account of how they made their most famous discoveries. We’ll also put you in the shoes of everyday people whose lives were transformed by these innovations, for better and sometimes for worse. Hosted by Steven Johnson. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, Tides of History, and Dirty John.
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These are the dramatic stories of the bright ideas and the brilliant men and women whose work has transformed the world over the last century. We tell their life stories, providing an immersive account of how they made their most famous discoveries. We’ll also put you in the shoes of everyday people whose lives were transformed by these innovations, for better and sometimes for worse. Hosted by Steven Johnson. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, Tides of History, and Dirty John.

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Episodes

Polio Vaccine | Marching Towards a Cure | 1

10/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:39:45

Introducing Legal Wars | 5

10/10/2018
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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

Duration:00:11:53

Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov | 6

10/4/2018
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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/AI Other...

Duration:00:51:53

Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 5

9/27/2018
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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 Johnson American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at 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...

Duration:00:46:34

Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am | 4

9/20/2018
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A leap in the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence causes concern about the dangers ahead. Written by Tom Simonite American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at 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.com Sunbasket - Get $35 off your first order at sunbasket.com/AI

Duration:00:42:07

Introducing American Scandal | 4

9/18/2018
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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

Duration:00:15:50

Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 3

9/13/2018
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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/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.com

Duration:00:41:43

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

9/6/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:16

Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence | 1

8/30/2018
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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...

Duration:00:42:50

The Future Of | Predicting the Future | 4

8/23/2018
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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...

Duration:00:56:43

The Future Of | Commerce | 3

8/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:35:46

The Future Of | Health | 2

8/9/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:19

The Future Of | Food | 1

8/2/2018
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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....

Duration:00:44:33

Nuclear Energy | Interview with James Mahaffee | 7

7/26/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:48

Nuclear Energy | A Glowing Future | 6

7/19/2018
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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...

Duration:00:42:46

Nuclear Energy | Backlash | 5

7/12/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:30

Nuclear Energy | Meltdown | 4

7/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:42:44

Nuclear Energy | Atoms For Peace | 3

6/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:07

Nuclear Energy | Bombs Come First | 2

6/21/2018
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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 include Wix - Launch a...

Duration:00:39:16

Nuclear Energy | E = MC Squared | 1

6/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:48:37