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American Innovations

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  Wondery  

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.

 

#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


#140

Cryonics | Suspended Animation | 3

Robert Ettinger was a science teacher and writer who launched the field of cryonics and became its most most fervent ambassador, even choosing to be cryogenically frozen himself. On this episode, Steven talks to filmmakers Josh Koury and Myles Kane. Their documentary short film, We Shall Live Again, is a unique window into the mind of Ettinger and the process of cryopreservation. 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. 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

01 Jul 2021

44 MINS

44:20

01 Jul 2021


#139

Cryonics | Frozen Heroes | 2

Bob Nelson is hoping cryonics will become the business boon he's been expecting. Operating on a shoestring budget and employing the most primitive methods of freezing and storing bodies, Nelson struggles to stay in business. He continues to believe he’s one step from the big time. But a series of miscalculations and unforeseen complications leave him on the brink of disaster. 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 - Start your free 14-day trial go to [monday.com] (http://monday.com) . 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

24 Jun 2021

47 MINS

47:59

24 Jun 2021


#138

Cryonics | Immortality On Ice | 1

Not everyone chooses burial or cremation after death. Some believe in cryonics, freezing their bodies in the hopes of being reanimated sometime in the future. Bob Nelson, a TV repairman with no scientific background, made history when he froze the first human being. But as Nelson would discover, freezing someone is easy; keeping them frozen is a lot harder. 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 - Sign up for your free two-week trial today at [Monday.com] (http://Monday.com) . 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

17 Jun 2021

38 MINS

38:42

17 Jun 2021


#137

Storm Chasers | Reaping the Whirlwind | 3

Storm chasing is part scientific inquiry, part amateur thrill seeking — and sometimes, a bit of both. On this episode, Steven talks to journalist Brantley Hargrove, author of The Man Who Caught the Storm, about legendary storm chaser Tim Samaras, whose breakthrough probe helped measure atmospheric conditions inside a tornado. 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 - To start your FREE 14-day trial go to [monday.com] (http://monday.com) . 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

10 Jun 2021

43 MINS

43:49

10 Jun 2021


#136

Storm Chasers | Blown Away | 2

Thanks to the movie “Twister” and the popularity of David Hoadley’s “Storm Track” newsletter, by the late 1990s, storm chasing has gone mainstream. But with more and more chasers on the road, it’s only a matter of time before some get a little too close to the eye of the storm. 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] (http://monday.com) for your free two-week trial. Peloton - Get started on your Peloton journey. Go to [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com) to learn more. 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

03 Jun 2021

39 MINS

39:38

03 Jun 2021


#135

Storm Chasers | Tornado Alley | 1

No extreme weather phenomenon fascinates us more than tornadoes. For most of human history, very little was known about how these graceful yet violent columns of swirling air formed or behaved. Then, in the 1950s, a teenager from North Dakota began chasing them, and a scientist from Japan began studying them. Together, they started a movement. 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! Vonics Shoes - Right now you can enjoy FREE SHIPPING at [vionicshoes.com] (http://vionicshoes.com) with promo code: INNOVATIONS. Monday.com - Visit [monday.com] (http://monday.com) 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

27 May 2021

39 MINS

39:36

27 May 2021


#134

Hacking | Heroes and Villains of the Digital Age | 4

Hackers helped shape the digital world we live in today. But more than ever, that world is under attack by a new generation of cyber-criminals. On this episode, Steven talks to Wired editor-at-large Steven Levy, author of the seminal book “Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution,” about hacking’s groundbreaking past and weaponized future. 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 - Go to [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com) to learn more. 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

20 May 2021

42 MINS

42:32

20 May 2021


#133

Hacking | White Hat vs. Black Hat | 3

For two years, super-hacker Kevin Mitnick eludes the FBI by living under a series of false identities. But in a fit of hubris, he hacks Tsutomu Shimomura, one of the country’s leading computer security experts. It’s hacker vs. hacker as Shimomura sets out to do what the FBI can’t: stop Kevin Mitnick once and for all. 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 - Go to [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com) to learn more. ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at [ziprecruiter.com/ai] (http://ziprecruiter.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

13 May 2021

33 MINS

33:45

13 May 2021


#132

Hacking | The John Dillinger of Cyberspace | 2

In the 1980s, computers, now more powerful and more affordable, become a bigger part of people’s work and life. And that makes hackers a greater threat. America’s laws are slow to keep up with this new form of break-in. Then, an incorrigible teenager with a talent for computers gets caught in the country’s shifting views of hacking, and becomes the most wanted cyber criminal 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! NetSuite - Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at [netsuite.com/AI] (http://netsuite.com/AI) . ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at [ziprecruiter.com/ai] (http://ziprecruiter.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

06 May 2021

40 MINS

40:39

06 May 2021


#131

Hacking | What’s in the Blue Box? | 1

Hackers: the criminals who prey on our digital lives. Today they steal credit cards and personal information, or even commit acts of cyber-terrorism. But in the early days, hackers were largely seen as harmless pranksters. And it wasn’t computers they were initially interested in, but phones -- which they hacked with a mysterious device called the Blue Box. 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] (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

29 Apr 2021

40 MINS

40:38

29 Apr 2021


#130

Breaking The Sound Barrier | Who Got to Mach 1 First? | 3

In 1947, Chuck Yeager made history when he flew faster than the speed of sound. But was he really the first to do it? On this episode, Steven talks to aviation historian and retired fighter pilot Dan Hampton, whose book “Chasing the Demon” presents an alternate history of the quest to reach Mach 1. 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] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com) to learn more. 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 Apr 2021

32 MINS

32:15

22 Apr 2021


#129

Breaking The Sound Barrier | Sonic Boom or Bust | 2

With each test run, pilot Chuck Yeager is getting closer to taking the top secret Bell X-1 plane past the speed of sound. But just before a critical flight, an accident on the ground jeopardizes his chances of success. 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] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Head to [ZipRecruiter.com/ai] (http://ZipRecruiter.com/ai) today to try ZipRecruiter for FREE. To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit [klaviyo dot com slash listen] (https://www.klaviyo.com/landing/wondery?utm_medium=paid&utm_source=podcast-sponsorship&utm_campaign=wondery-podcast&detail=ewogICJsZWFkU291cmNlIjogIlBhaWQiLAogICJsZWFkU291cmNlRGV0YWlsIjogIlBhaWQgLSBXb25kZXJ5IFBvZGNhc3QiCn0=) . 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 Apr 2021

40 MINS

40:07

15 Apr 2021


#128

Breaking The Sound Barrier | A Bullet With Wings | 1

In the 1940s, as planes got faster, it seemed like they were hitting a wall -- literally. Many pilots tried to travel faster than the speed of sound, often with fatal results. Could American test pilot Chuck Yeager succeed where they had failed? Or would his daredevil attitude get him grounded before he gets a chance? 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] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! NetSuite - Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at [NetSuite.com/AI] (http://NetSuite.com/AI) . To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit [klaviyo dot com slash listen] (https://www.klaviyo.com/landing/wondery?utm_medium=paid&utm_source=podcast-sponsorship&utm_campaign=wondery-podcast&detail=ewogICJsZWFkU291cmNlIjogIlBhaWQiLAogICJsZWFkU291cmNlRGV0YWlsIjogIlBhaWQgLSBXb25kZXJ5IFBvZGNhc3QiCn0=) . 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 Apr 2021

42 MINS

42:38

08 Apr 2021


#127

Encore: Electric Chair | A Matter of Light and Death | 3

In the summer of 1888, just as the electric chair controversy was unfolding, Nikola Tesla moved to Pittsburgh to work for George Westinghouse, fulfilling a year-long commitment he made when Westinghouse purchased Tesla’s AC motor patents. The deal would make Tesla a millionaire, but it would ultimately threaten to topple Westinghouse’s business. Support us by supporting out sponsors! Peloton - Go to [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com) to learn more. To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit [klaviyo dot com slash listen] (https://www.klaviyo.com/landing/wondery?utm_medium=paid&utm_source=podcast-sponsorship&utm_campaign=wondery-podcast&detail=ewogICJsZWFkU291cmNlIjogIlBhaWQiLAogICJsZWFkU291cmNlRGV0YWlsIjogIlBhaWQgLSBXb25kZXJ5IFBvZGNhc3QiCn0=) . 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

01 Apr 2021

38 MINS

38:18

01 Apr 2021


#126

Encore: Electric Chair | The War Becomes Electric | 2

After his unceremonious departure from Edison Electric, Nikola Tesla found himself broke and dejected, but more determined than ever to share his alternating current system with the world. And thanks to the help of one man who really believed in his work -- a man with vision, money and power -- he’d soon have his chance. Tesla had Edison in his sites, and the War of the Currents was about to get deadly. 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] (https://wondery.app.link/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

25 Mar 2021

40 MINS

40:01

25 Mar 2021


#125

Encore: Electric Chair | Power to the People | 1

On August 6, 1890, a prisoner named William Kemmler became the first man executed in the electric chair. It was designed to be a more humane form of execution, but the gruesome scene in the death chamber that day revealed the device to be anything but. Behind the story of the electric chair lies another story, involving three titans of innovation—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse — locked in a desperate fight for control of the future of electricity.Their conflict would take lives, spark scientific advances and revolutionize human existence. 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] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Pitney Bowes - Go to pb.com/AI to get this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10 - pound scale to get started. Experience a savings in your shipping costs with a FREE trial of SendPro Online from Pitney Bowes. 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

18 Mar 2021

46 MINS

46:19

18 Mar 2021


#124

Lie Detector | The Future of Lying | 3

What new technologies might eventually replace the still-popular but widely debunked polygraph? On this episode, Steven talks with Ken Alder, author of the book “The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession,” about the lie detector’s enduring appeal and uncertain future. 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] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com) to learn more. 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

11 Mar 2021

32 MINS

32:52

11 Mar 2021


#123

Lie Detector | Larson's Monster | 2

In 1922, a murder case in Washington, DC presents the first opportunity for lie detector results to be used in a criminal trial. But even as lie detectors become more commonly used, one of the device’s inventors begins to have serious doubts about the accuracy of his creation. 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] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at [ZipRecruiter.com/ai] (http://ZipRecruiter.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

04 Mar 2021

37 MINS

37:51

04 Mar 2021


#122

Sponsored: The Way Things Should Be | Carmax | 6

The weed whacker. The microwave. Instant noodles. Three simple yet ingenious inventions that challenged the status quo and made our lives easier. On this special episode, we tell the stories of three inventors who, through their visionary products, showed us the way things should be. Presented by Carmax. 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 Feb 2021

27 MINS

27:19

26 Feb 2021


#121

Lie Detector | The Heart of a Liar | 1

Humans are shockingly bad at telling whether or not someone is lying. That’s why, a century ago, psychologists and criminologists developed machines to detect lies for us, by measuring blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate. Their lie detectors promised to revolutionize the criminal justice system. But is it really possible for science to separate truth from lies? 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] (https://wondery.app.link/innovations) . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to [onepeloton.com] (http://onepeloton.com) to learn more. Monday.com - To start your free 14-day trial go to [monday.com] (http://monday.com) . Pitney Bowes - Go to [pb.com/AI] (http://pb.com/AI) to access this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10-pound scale to get started. 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

25 Feb 2021

40 MINS

40:16

25 Feb 2021