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American Innovations

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  Wondery  

New episodes come out every Thursday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers. 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.

New episodes come out every Thursday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers. 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.

 

#159

Predator Drone | Hellfire | 2

The Predator proves its value as a “spy in the sky” for the U.S. military in Bosnia in the mid-90s. But it's not until the Predator is handed over to the Air Force that it reaches its full potential.Aided by a covert Air Force group, and a genius scientist known as “The Man With Two Brains,” the Predator is reborn as a lethal killing machine, with a new enemy to hunt: Osama Bin Laden. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! BetterHelp - Listeners of American Innovations get 10% off their first month at [betterhelp.com/AI] (http://betterhelp.com/AI) . See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

42 MINS

42:09

21 Oct 2021


#158

Predator Drone | From Albatross to Amber | 1

What if you could design a spy plane that could be flown remotely and hover in the sky for hours, providing reconnaissance for troops on the ground? In the early 1980s, the visionary inventor Abe Karem begins building drones out of his L.A. garage. Soon, the Pentagon and the CIA take notice. Though he faces many challenges, Karem is on the forefront of a revolution that will change the face of modern aerial warfare. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

46 MINS

46:34

14 Oct 2021


#157

Introducing: Who, When, WOW!

Created by Tinkercast and hosted by Rebecca Sheir (Circle Round), “Who, When, Wow!”is an auditory journey into the lives of unsung heroes, unknown heroines and amazing humans. Each 20 minute “cartoon-for-the-ear” episode immerses kids and their grown-ups in a historical narrative around one fascinating figure you don’t hear about in school but who brought WOW to our world! Listen to the rest of this episode here: [https://wondery.com/shows/who-when-wow/] (https://wondery.com/shows/who-when-wow/) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

06 MINS

06:25

08 Oct 2021


#156

Pushing Painkillers | An Untapped Market | 1

Doctors once shied away from using opioids to treat chronic pain, citing the risk of addiction. But in the 1970s, a new generation of doctors started to argue that opioids should be reconsidered, and that allowing terminal patients to suffer in agony is torturous.As the palliative care movement grows, Purdue Frederick, a small pharmaceutical company, sees an opportunity to bring opioids out of the shadows and to the masses...to devastating effect. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton- Learn more at [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com/) . New members can try Peloton classes free for 30 days at [onepeloton.com/app] (http://onepeloton.com/app) . Terms apply. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

07 Oct 2021

42 MINS

42:33

07 Oct 2021


#155

Encore: Organ Transplant | A Short History of Living Longer | 4

In the past 100 years, we’ve doubled life expectancy. It might be the single greatest achievement of the modern era. So why haven’t we done more to celebrate it? On this episode, Rufus Griscom, host of Wondery’s “The Next Big Idea,” turns the tables and puts Steven Johnson in the interviewee’s seat. They’ll discuss Steven’s book and PBS series “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer,” about the many breakthroughs, large and small, that led to our increased longevity. To learn more about “Extra Life,” visit [https://stevenberlinjohnson.com/] (https://stevenberlinjohnson.com/) . To hear more episodes of Next Big Idea, follow or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon, the Wondery app, or wherever you get your podcasts. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Vionic Shoes - Enjoy free shipping at [vionicshoes.com] (http://vionicshoes.com) with promo code INNOVATIONS Better Help - Visit [betterhelp.com/AI] (http://betterhelp.com/AI) to get 10% off your first month See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

30 Sep 2021

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:38

30 Sep 2021


#154

Encore: Organ Transplant | The Heart Race | 3

In 1967, an unlikely surgeon performs the first human heart transplant – and shocks the world. As others race to replicate his achievement, one surgical team makes a mistake that could spell the end of organ transplants in the United States. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Go to [ziprecruiter.com/AI] (http://ziprecruiter.com/AI) to try Zip recruiter for free. Monday.com - Visit [monday.com/podcast] (http://monday.com/podcast) for your free two week trial. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

23 Sep 2021

44 MINS

44:21

23 Sep 2021


#153

Encore: Organ Transplant | A Matter of Life and Death | 2

By the early 1960s, surgeons have proven that it's possible to transplant kidneys and lungs. Now, with heart disease still the leading cause of death, they've set their sights on performing the first human heart transplant. But first, they've got to overcome the ethical, legal, and surgical challenges of removing a donor's heart before it stops beating for good. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Monday.com - Visit [monday.com/podcast] (http://monday.com/podcast) for your free two-week trial. Peloton - Learn more at [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com) . New members can try Peloton classes free for 30 days at [onepeloton.com/app] (http://onepeloton.com/app) . Terms apply. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

16 Sep 2021

39 MINS

39:26

16 Sep 2021


#152

Encore: Organ Transplant | The Kidney Twins | 1

A century ago, organ transplants were the stuff of science fiction. But a handful of experimental surgeons believed that transplants were not just possible – they had the potential to save thousands of lives. Then, in 1954, a man agreed to donate his kidney to his twin brother – and one surgeon finally got his chance to prove the doubters wrong. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Public Rec - Go to [PublicRec.com/INNOVATIONS] (http://PublicRec.com/innovations) to get 10% off. Vionic Shoes - Enjoy FREE SHIPPING at [vionicshoes.com] (http://vionicshoes.com) with promo code: INNOVATIONS. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

09 Sep 2021

44 MINS

44:18

09 Sep 2021


#151

Introducing: 9/12

How did 9/11 the day become 9/11the idea? That question drivesaward-winninghost Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS, The Line) to shift his focus to what happened on 9/12, and every day after that. 9/12 is a poignant, surprising, andsurprisinglyfunny seven episode series about people who wake up on 9/12 having to navigate a new, radically altered world. A teenager gets caught up in an out-of-control conspiracy theory that he helped start. A Pakistani business owner finds hundreds of his Brooklyn neighbors are disappearing. Joke-writers at The Onion must figure out just how soon is “too soon”? 9/12 asks what it all means. We know what happened on 9/11. But what happened on 9/12 to alter our memory and our perspective forever? Listen to 9/12: [wondery.fm/9_12_Innovations] (http://wondery.fm/9_12_Innovations) All seven episodes of 9/12 are available to stream now on Amazon Music or Wondery+. Episodes will release weekly everywhere starting September 8th. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

08 Sep 2021

06 MINS

06:39

08 Sep 2021


#150

Social Media | Interview: #DearInternet | 4

Facebook, Friendster and MySpace weren’t the only companies that pioneered social media. In 2006, a new company turned the act of “tweeting” into an opportunity for wide-ranging commentary, and made your number of “followers” a status symbol. On this episode, Steven talks to Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, who also co-founded Medium.com and wrote the memoirThings a Little Bird Told Me. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Monday.com- Visit [Monday.com/podcast] (http://monday.com/podcast) for your free two-week trial. ZipRecruiter- Go to [ziprecruiter.com/AI] (http://ziprecruiter.com/AI) , to try ZipRecruiter for free. Nord VPN- Go to [NordVPN.com/innovations] (http://nordvpn.com/innovations) , or use code innovations to get 73% off your 2-year plan plus 4 bonus months for free. Be quick because this offer is for a limited time only. Plus, there’s a 30-Day Money back guarantee if NordVPN is not for you so there’s no risk. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

02 Sep 2021

42 MINS

42:55

02 Sep 2021


#149

Social Media | Move Fast and Break Things | 3

By 2007, Facebook finds itself at a crossroads. Its sole focus has been growing its users and traffic. Now, it needs to turn a profit. Luckily for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook possesses an invaluable asset: deep knowledge of the personal data and habits of its users. But when Zuckerberg teams up with Sheryl Sandberg to monetize that data, it will create a host of issues that will mire Facebook in controversy. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - New members can try Peloton classes free for 30 days at [onepeloton.com/app] (http://onepeloton.com/app) . Terms apply. Monday.com - Visit [Monday.com/podcast] (http://Monday.com/podcast) for your free two-week trial. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

26 Aug 2021

42 MINS

42:12

26 Aug 2021


#148

Social Media | It's Complicated | 2

It’s the mid 2000s, and social media is mainstream. MySpace has eclipsed Friendster and been acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Meanwhile, another company is quietly reinventing social media yet again, founded by a college sophomore with a rare combination of technical skill and strong business instincts. His name is Mark Zuckerberg, and his company, The Facebook, will soon challenge MySpace and its new corporate owner for control of the social media landscape. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

19 Aug 2021

40 MINS

40:17

19 Aug 2021


#147

Wondery Presents - Dr. Death: Miracle Man

Paolo is a smart and handsome surgeon, renowned for his ability to perform surgeries that transform his patients’ lives. When television producer Benita covers him for a story, he’ll transform her life too, but not in the ways she expects. As Benita crosses professional lines to be with him, she learns how far Paolo will go to protect his secrets. And halfway around the world, four doctors at a prestigious medical institute make shocking discoveries of their own that call everything into question. From Wondery comes Season Three of the hit podcast, Dr. Death. MIRACLE MAN tells the story of a globe-trotting surgeon who seduces the medical world, and sweeps one woman off her feet. Hosted by Laura Beil. Listen toDr. Death Season 3: [wondery.fm/DDS3_Innovations] (http://wondery.fm/DDS3_Innovations) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

16 Aug 2021

05 MINS

05:47

16 Aug 2021


#146

Social Media | Find Your Friends | 1

Today social media is such a dominant part of our daily lives, it's hard to believe that only 20 years ago, it didn’t exist. Then a newly single tech entrepreneur named Jonathan Abrams wondered: What if you could use the internet to expand your network of real-life friends? His simple idea became Friendster, the first social media site, which would change not only how people interact online, but the very nature of human connection and friendship. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Go to [ziprecruiter.com/AI] (http://ziprecruiter.com/AI) , to try ZipRecruiter for free. Nord VPN - Go to [NordVPN.com/innovations] (http://NordVPN.com/innovations) , or use code innovations to get 73% off your 2-year plan plus 4 bonus months for free. Be quick because this offer is for a limited time only. Plus, there’s a 30-Day Money back guarantee if NordVPN is not for you so there’s no risk. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

12 Aug 2021

44 MINS

44:48

12 Aug 2021


#145

Fracking | Interview: The Price of Gas | 4

Families who leased their gas-rich land to fracking companies during the boom are still wrestling with the impact of that decision. On this episode, Steven talks to Eliza Griswold, an award-winning poet, writer and journalist. Her book, “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America,” won a Pulitzer Prize for its immersive, insightful look into the fracking boom and its effect on Appalachian coal country. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Public Rec - Go to [publicrec.com/INNOVATIONS] (http://publicrec.com/INNOVATIONS) to get 10% off. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

05 Aug 2021

40 MINS

40:08

05 Aug 2021


#144

Fracking | Something in the Water | 3

As stories of water contamination and health issues become public, one of the largest grassroots environmental movements in decades emerges to protest fracking. The fracking industry, led by Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, fights back with lobbyists, PR flacks, and an unlikely ally: the Sierra Club. The battle over fracking will pit neighbor against neighbor, as poor rural communities are torn between the promise of easy money and the desire to protect their land and water. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Nord VPN - Go to [NordVPN.com/innovations] (http://NordVPN.com/innovations) , or use code innovations to get a 2-year plan plus a bonus gift with a huge discount! Monday.com - Visit [Monday.com/podcast] (http://Monday.com/podcast) for your free two-week trial. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

29 Jul 2021

41 MINS

41:17

29 Jul 2021


#143

Fracking | Land Grab | 2

By the early 2000s, fracking was seen as the most promising new energy industry technology in decades. And when a Penn State geologist discovered that the shale field sitting under Pennsylvania and Upstate New York held over 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the race was on to bring fracking to the Northeast. But in the rush to frack the new field, accidents began to happen, making locals question just how safe this new technique really was. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at [ziprecruiter.com/ai] (http://ziprecruiter.com/ai) . Monday.com - Visit [monday.com/podcast] (http://monday.com/podcast) for your FREE two-week trial. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

40 MINS

40:10

22 Jul 2021


#142

Fracking | The Source Rock | 1

In the late 1970s, oil and natural gas fields across the U.S. were drying up, making the country increasingly dependent on foreign oil. Then, a Texas energy magnate named George Mitchell decided to try extracting natural gas from shale, a layer of rock almost two miles beneath the surface, using a technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. His innovation would kick off an energy revolution, and spur a massive environmental backlash. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Monday.com - Visit [monday.com/podcast] (http://monday.com/podcast) for your free two-week trial. Peloton - New members can try Peloton classes free for 30 days at [onepeloton.com/app] (http://onepeloton.com/app) . See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

15 Jul 2021

46 MINS

46:06

15 Jul 2021


#141

Encore: Heimlich Maneuver | Heimlich’s Maneuver | 1

In the 1960s, choking was a national epidemic. In the United States alone, close to 4,000 people were dying from choking every year. Lobster, ham, and hamburger were common culprits. But steak was by far the greatest offender. Coroners called for a solution to these “Cafe Coronaries,” and the medical community responded with weird and dangerous gadgets: vacuum tubes and long tweezers. But Dr. Henry Heimlich knew this problem required something else; a simple technique that anyone can use to save the lives of choking victims—the Heimlich Maneuver. The Heimlich Maneuver would save the lives of thousands of people, including Carrie Fisher, Cher, New York Mayor Ed Koch, and at least one American President. And yet, Dr. Heimlich would spend a decade fighting for the legitimacy of his life-saving maneuver. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of American Innovations with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App [https://wondery.app.link/innovations] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! PublicRec - Go to [publicrec.com/INNOVATIONS] (http://publicrec.com/INNOVATIONS) to get 10% off. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

08 Jul 2021

43 MINS

43:51

08 Jul 2021