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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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English


Episodes

Virtual Reality I The Sword of Damocles | 1

12/6/2018
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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.com Simplisafe - Protect your home and family today at simplisafe.com/innovations

Duration:00:43:24

Interview | Stuff You Should Know | 6

11/29/2018
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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...

Duration:00:50:03

Introducing TBD with Tina Brown | 5

11/28/2018
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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

Duration:00:08:06

Anesthesia | Ether Dreams | 3

11/22/2018
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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.com The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.

Duration:00:45:17

Anesthesia | The Swindle | 2

11/15/2018
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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

Duration:00:43:00

Anesthesia | The Frolic | 1

11/8/2018
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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.com Simplisafe - Protect your home and family today at simplisafe.com/innovations

Duration:00:36:20

Introducing Imagined Life

11/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:04:15

Polio Vaccine | And Stay Out! | 4

11/1/2018
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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

Duration:00:49:21

Polio Vaccine | The Fight Goes On | 3

10/25/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:57

Polio Vaccine | Can You Patent The Sun? | 2

10/18/2018
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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.

Duration:00:49:01

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