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American Innovations

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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.

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.

Location:

United States

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Wondery

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Wondery presents Business Movers

1/15/2021
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...

Duration:00:07:27

Mission To Mars | Mars Indirect | 1

1/14/2021
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.

Duration:00:37:58

Encore: Conquering Pain | Ether Dreams | 3

1/7/2021
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...

Duration:00:45:56

Encore: Conquering Pain | The Swindle | 2

12/31/2020
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...

Duration:00:43:37

Encore: Conquering Pain | The Frolic | 1

12/24/2020
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...

Duration:00:37:02

Wondery Presents Business Wars: TikTok vs Instagram

12/21/2020
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.

Duration:00:05:49

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

12/17/2020
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...

Duration:00:32:35

Telephone | Our Distracted Minds | 3

12/10/2020
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...

Duration:00:31:16

Telephone | Guided by Voices | 2

12/3/2020
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!

Duration:00:43:03

Wondery Presents Little Stories Everywhere

12/1/2020
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...

Duration:00:04:53

Telephone | Call Waiting | 1

11/26/2020
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/innovations Support 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.

Duration:00:41:09

Auto-Tune: From Cher to Kanye | 1

11/19/2020
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.

Duration:00:45:04

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

11/12/2020
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...

Duration:00:36:09

Wondery presents Do No Harm

11/10/2020
Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Do_No_Harm From 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...

Duration:00:04:25

The Fight Against AIDS | The Lazarus Effect | 3

11/5/2020
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...

Duration:00:50:52

The Fight Against AIDS | Placebos and Profits | 2

10/29/2020
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...

Duration:00:40:01

Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

10/27/2020
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...

Duration:00:05:09

The Fight Against AIDS | The Epidemic Begins | 1

10/22/2020
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...

Duration:00:46:13

Encore: Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 5

10/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:44:41

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

10/8/2020
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.

Duration:00:40:57