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.


Episode Date
Virtual Reality I The Sword of Damocles | 1
00:42:23

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.

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Dec 06, 2018
Interview | Stuff You Should Know | 6
00:50:14

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?

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Nov 29, 2018
Introducing TBD with Tina Brown | 5
00:08:07

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

Nov 28, 2018
Anesthesia | Ether Dreams | 3
00:42:54

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?

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Nov 22, 2018
Anesthesia | The Swindle | 2
00:39:58

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.

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Nov 15, 2018
Anesthesia | The Frolic | 1
00:33:57

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.

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Nov 08, 2018
Introducing Imagined Life
00:04:16

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 www.wondery.fm/imaginedlife

Nov 05, 2018
Polio Vaccine | And Stay Out! | 4
00:46:18

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.

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Nov 01, 2018
Polio Vaccine | The Fight Goes On | 3
00:40:16

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.


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Oct 25, 2018
Polio Vaccine | Can You Patent The Sun? | 2
00:46:04

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.

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Oct 18, 2018
Polio Vaccine | Marching Towards a Cure | 1
00:36:29

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.  

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Oct 11, 2018
Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov | 6
00:48:32

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.

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Oct 04, 2018
Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 5
00:45:33

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

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Sep 27, 2018
Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am | 4
00:40:56

A leap in the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence causes concern about the dangers ahead.  

Written by Tom Simonite

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Sep 20, 2018
Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 3
00:39:20

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.


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Sep 13, 2018
Thinking Machines| How Do You Make a Computer Blink | 2
00:40:15

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 meltdown and a computer that hallucinates.

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Sep 06, 2018
Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence | 1
00:41:39

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 where machines capable of being smarter than the people who created them.

And what better way for smart machines and their creators to face off in a battle of wits -- than by playing chess?

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Aug 30, 2018
The Future Of | Predicting the Future | 4
00:54:31

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 currencies might bring. But what about the art of predicting the future itself? That’s the question we’re gonna be exploring today with futurist Jane McGonigal.


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Aug 23, 2018
The Future Of | Commerce | 3
00:33:34

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 blockchain.


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Aug 16, 2018
The Future Of | Health | 2
00:48:18

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?


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Aug 09, 2018
The Future Of | Food | 1
00:43:11

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. Welcome...to the future.

On this episode, we're speaking with Florencia Ramirez of eatlesswater.com.

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Aug 02, 2018
Nuclear Energy | Interview with James Mahaffee | 7
00:40:37

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.

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Jul 26, 2018
Nuclear Energy | A Glowing Future | 6
00:41:48

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.


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Jul 19, 2018
Nuclear Energy | Backlash | 5
00:40:06

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.”

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Jul 12, 2018
Nuclear Energy | Meltdown | 4
00:41:21

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.


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Jul 05, 2018
Nuclear Energy | Atoms For Peace | 3
00:41:07

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.


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Jun 28, 2018
Nuclear Energy | Bombs Come First | 2
00:37:53

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.


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Jun 21, 2018
Nuclear Energy | E = MC Squared | 1
00:47:14

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 sources on earth: nuclear energy.

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Jun 14, 2018
DNA | Interview with Britt Wray | 7
00:42:56

To wrap up The Dynamo of DNA, we're talking to Britt Wray. You can follow her on Twitter, and visit her website for more. You can also pick up her book, Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction to learn more about De-Extinction.

We’ll be back next week with an all new arc on nuclear energy.

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Jun 07, 2018
DNA | Return of the Mammoths | 6
00:46:25

The human genome project finally allowed us to read the “Book of Life,” the genetic code of living things. But now there’s a tool - CRISPR - that will allow us to rewrite it. With CRISPR, we can change the color of flowers, eliminate diseases, and even… bring back Wooly Mammoths.

We hope you enjoyed our first series, The Dynamo of DNA. Join us next week for a conversation with scientist, broadcaster and author Britt Wray.

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May 31, 2018
DNA | Testing Times | 5
00:38:39

Over the past 50 years, our understanding of DNA has grown exponentially. It took supercomputers working overtime to produce a single genomic map… and now all it takes is a spit sample that you drop in the mail. For about a hundred bucks, you can have your own personal genome mapped. One thing we still haven’t figured out is what to DO with all of that information. It’s been used to map family trees, trace diseases, exonerate innocents and catch serial killers - and that’s only the beginning. 


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May 24, 2018
DNA | The Race for the Genome | 4
00:45:27

The path to understand genetics was rife squabbles and competition among scientists vying to discover genes, chromosomes, and the structure of DNA. The tussles had been going on for a century.

But the 1980s introduced an even bigger grudge match: who’d be the first to map the entire human genetic code?

This race would get downright nasty before it was done. Along the way there would be a lot of good science. But the science often took a back seat, as politics, money, and egos all got in the way.

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May 17, 2018
DNA | The Stuff of Life | 3
00:43:22

From your high school science classes you may know the names Watson and Crick. If you took any more biology classes you may have heard of Wilkins, but a third name is often overlooked: Rosalind Franklin. Together, they took blurry photographs of DNA goo and discovered “the secret to life.”


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May 10, 2018
DNA | Civil War | 2
00:45:10

When Gregor Mendel discovered genes, he had no idea that his discoveries with pea plants would outlive him. He was just an isolated monk playing in his garden. And his ideas collected dust in university libraries for 40 years until a biologist named William Bateson discovered his work. And by the end of the first page, Bateson knew Mendel’s ideas would change the world. He said, “An exact determination of the laws of heredity will probably work more change in man’s outlook of the world, and in his power over nature, than in any other advance in natural knowledge that can be foreseen.”


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May 10, 2018
DNA | Lost Pioneers | 1
00:42:55

In 2000, President Bill Clinton held a press conference to share a milestone for humanity. He said, “we will all see the unbelievable capacity to be noble.” Science and technology embrace this idea, leading to the incredible innovations that change the world, and yes, even humanity. This is American Innovations, a series that will look at the most important innovations of the last century, and go into the lives of the people behind those innovations.

That great milestone Clinton was referencing? That was the mapping of the human genome. For a long time, we didn’t know what was actually buried deep inside our cells that made humans humans. Now we know it’s much more than a simple molecule. DNA has revolutionized society, creating new fields of research, business - even changing how we catch criminals. This is The Dynamo of DNA from American Innovations.


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May 10, 2018
Introducing American Innovations | 1
00:02:08

The leaps of mankind, as they happened.

Premieres May 10.

Apr 26, 2018