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American Innovations

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.

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  • 10.06.2021
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Monday.com - To start your FREE 14-day trial go to monday.com .

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  • 03.06.2021
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    39:38
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Monday.com - Visit monday.com for your free two-week trial. Peloton - Get started on your Peloton journey. Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    39:36
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Vonics Shoes - Right now you can enjoy FREE SHIPPING at vionicshoes.com with promo code: INNOVATIONS. Monday.com - Visit monday.com for your free two-week trial.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Wondery Presents: The Vaping Fix

    Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis. Listen to the Vaping Fix: wondery.fm/VF_Innovations

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more. ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . 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 . ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Introducing: 1865 Season 2

    Listen now: wondery.fm/1865season2 April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice—but the hunt for John Wilkes Booth isn’t all that grips Stanton. Lincoln’s successor, Vice President Andrew Johnson, is likely to bend to southern interests and undo the very progress for which Lincoln died. Edwin Stanton must employ every bit of political wile he can muster to secure the future of the freed slaves, and the nation. Consumed by his conviction, Stanton will betray his friends, his honor, and the very constitution he is sworn to protect, all to steer the country towards justice. *** 1865 is an Airship production. Support this show to get early, ad-free access to episodes and more.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Head to ZipRecruiter.com/ai today to try ZipRecruiter for FREE. To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . 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 . To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 to learn more. To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . 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.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    37:51
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/ai .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    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 . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more. Monday.com - To start your free 14-day trial go to monday.com . Pitney Bowes - Go to pb.com/AI to access this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10-pound scale to get started.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Mission To Mars | How to Land on the Red Planet | 6

    On February 18th, 2021, Perseverance will become the latest NASA rover to land on Mars. To mark the occasion, Steven talks to two of the engineers behind the Mars rover program: Dr. Anita Sengupta, who designed the parachute systems for the Curiosity rover in 2012, and Dr. Matt Smith, one of the flight directors guiding Perseverance towards its landing site. 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! Monday - Create the perfect workflow for your team with monday dot com Work O.S. To start your free 14-day trial go to monday.com .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Mission To Mars | Encore: The Woman Who Put Man on the Moon | 5

    Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are preparing to land on the Moon. The whole world is watching live on television. But something is very wrong: Their warning alarms are flashing. There’s only one woman who can fix it: MIT software engineer Margaret Hamilton. This episode originally aired on March 14, 2019. 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! Pitney Bowes - Go to pb.com/AI to access this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10- pound scale to get started. ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai . Monday.com - To start your free 14-day trial go to monday.com .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Mission To Mars | Becoming Martians | 4

    A Mars colony by 2040? Children born on Mars by 2050? It still sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but more than ever, it’s within reach. On this episode, Steven talks to engineer, author and Mars evangelist Dr. Robert Zubrin about why putting humans on the red planet isn’t just a scientific and technological exercise -- it’s also a way to ensure that human culture keeps moving forward. 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! Monday.com - Create the perfect workflow for your team with monday.com Work O.S. To start your free 14-day trial go to monday.com .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Mission To Mars | Curiosity and Perseverance | 3

    Led by an iconoclastic engineer who barely graduated high school, NASA jumps back into the race to send humans to Mars. But first, they need to figure out how to land larger vehicles on the treacherous Martian surface – and how to make enough oxygen for humans to one day colonize the red planet. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Get started on your Peloton journey today and download the Peloton app through January 31, 2021 for a two-month free trial. Trust and Will - Get 10% off, plus FREE SHIPPING at TrustandWill.com/AMERICAN . Pitney Bowes - Go to pb.com/AI to access this special offer for a FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10-pound scale to get started.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Mission To Mars | Elon Musk Takes Aim | 2

    After making his fortune in the dot-com boom, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk decides to take on a new challenge: going into space, and eventually colonizing Mars. To him, rockets are outdated technology just waiting to be disrupted. But he soon learns that space is not so easily conquered. 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! ZipRecruiter - And right now, you can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/ai . Trust and Will - This is really important, so don’t wait – Get ten percent off, plus FREE SHIPPING at TrustandWill.com/AMERICAN .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Mission To Mars | Seeing Red | 1

    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 .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Encore: Conquering Pain | Ether Dreams | 3

    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 FREE SHIPPING of your customized legal documents.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Encore: Conquering Pain | The Swindle | 2

    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 https://wondery.app.link/innovations . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Get started on your Peloton journey. Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Encore: Conquering Pain | The Frolic | 1

    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 supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - Go to policygenius.com and get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes and start the new year with one less thing to worry about.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Year In Review | When Will I Get the Vaccine? | 1

    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 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! ZipRecruiter - AND right now, you can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai . Policy Genius - Go to policygenius.com and get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes and start the new year with one less thing to worry about.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Telephone | Our Distracted Minds | 3

    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 exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations . Support us by supporting our sponsors! ExtraHop - Learn more about how ExtraHop stops breaches 70% faster, and experience the free trial for yourself at extrahop dot com slash AI. That’s extrahop dot com slash AI.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Telephone | Guided by Voices | 2

    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!

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Telephone | Call Waiting | 1

    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.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Auto-Tune: From Cher to Kanye | 1

    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 .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    The Fight Against AIDS | The AIDS-Covid Connection | 4

    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 Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Policygenius - If you need life insurance, head to policygenius.com right now to get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    The Fight Against AIDS | The Lazarus Effect | 3

    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 ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here . Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 31.05.2021
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    The Fight Against AIDS | Placebos and Profits | 2

    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 ExtraHop stops breaches 70% faster, and experience the free trial for yourself at extrahop.com/AI .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    The Fight Against AIDS | The Epidemic Begins | 1

    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 access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - So if you need life insurance, head to policygenius.com right now to get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Encore: Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 5

    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.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Encore: Thinking Machines | I Learn, Therefore I Am | 4

    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.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Encore: Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 3

    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. Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com and you could save 50% or more by comparing quotes. Peloton - Try out Peloton Bike Plus for yourself with Peloton’s 30 Day Home Trial. If you decide it’s not for you within 30 days, you’ll get free pickup and a full refund. Visit onepeloton.com for more information.

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    Encore: Thinking Machines | How Do You Make A Computer Blink? | 2

    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. Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try it now for free at ziprecruiter.com/ai . Fundrise - Get started at fundrise.com/AI to have your first NINETY days of advisory fees waived.

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    Encore: Thinking Machines | Artificial Intelligence | 1

    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 are 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? Note: This episode originally aired in August 2018. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com right now to get started. You could save $1500 or more a year.

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    Keeping Cool | The Air Conditioning Trap | 3

    As the Earth heats up, air conditioning is quickly shifting from a luxury to a necessity. But our reliance on ACs is also speeding up the pace of global warming. It’s the “air conditioning trap.” On this episode, Steven asks Guardian science writer Stephen Buranyi how – and if – we can escape it. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Visit onepeloton.com to learn more. Zip Recruiter - Try it now for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai .

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    Fighting Coronavirus | Larry Brilliant on Why We Need a Global Covid Response | 19

    There are few people who have thought more about pandemics than epidemiologist Larry Brilliant. He worked with the World Health Organization to eradicate smallpox. He’s fought polio and blindness in India. And, in his 2006 TED Prize talk, he warned the audience that a pandemic was coming “within your children or your grandchildren's lifetime.” He was right. What he couldn’t predict, though, was how mismanaged our response would be – and how quickly we’d set aside the lessons we learned defeating smallpox. As Larry tells Steven, “We have to work together… and we're not doing it so far.” Watch Larry’s Ted Prize acceptance speech: https://www.ted.com/talks/larry_brilliant_my_wish_help_me_stop_pandemics?language=en Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses Plus - Get unlimited access to the entire at thegreatcoursesplus.com/fightingcv . UV Clean - You can enjoy 15% off plus free shipping on your order of two or more when you visit getuvclean.com and use promo code FIGHTING CV.

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    Keeping Cool | It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity | 2

    Summer blockbusters. Phoenix, Arizona. President Ronald Reagan. What do all these things have in common? They might never have happened if not for AC. On this episode, AC finally hits the big time – and changes America forever.

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    Keeping Cool | A Chilly Reception | 1

    Muggy. Sticky. Miserable. For eons, that’s just what summer was. In fact, when air conditioning first became available, few people took advantage of it. Wasn’t summer supposed to be uncomfortable? This is the story of how people finally warmed up to the idea of keeping cool. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Fundrise - Get started at fundrise.com/AI to have your first NINETY days of advisory fees waived.

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    Video Games | Game Designer Ian Bogost on the Past and Future of Gaming | 4

    The video game industry has certainly matured over the years. But does it still have the sense of open-ended innovation that it did in the early golden era of Spacewar and Pong? To get a better sense of how today’s game breakthroughs compare to the heyday of Atari, Steven speaks with one of the most thoughtful observers of the video game industry, Ian Bogost. Bogost is a game designer and the author of Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games. More recently, he’s written about Animal Crossing and Untitled Goose Game for The Atlantic. Read more about Ian and his work here: http://bogost.com/ https://www.theatlantic.com/author/ian-bogost/ Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com to compare rates and save up to $1,500 dollars.

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    Fighting Coronavirus | Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Vaccines (But Were Afraid to Ask) | 18

    The coronavirus has put our lives on pause, but it’s kicked the science behind vaccines into hyperdrive. Science writer Carl Zimmer walks Steven through some of the radical new approaches to making vaccines – and gives his best-case/worst-case scenarios for when a vaccine will be ready. Also: we get answers, kind of, about what’s up with Russia. And Steven drops a Taylor Swift reference. Read Carl’s latest on the vaccine race in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/carl-zimmer

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    Video Games | Home Invasion | 3

    It's 1975 and Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell is setting his sights on the next frontier in video games: the home. But convincing people to bring video games into their homes won't be easy. Bushnell’s going to need a lot of cash, a couple perfectly timed technological breakthroughs, and a killer business plan. Oh, and he’ll also have to teach the world what a “game console” is. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here . Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try it for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/ai .

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    Video Games | Ping-Pong | 2

    Nolan Bushnell's Computer Space was the world's first commercial video game, but it failed to win over the masses. Now Bushnell’s plotting his comeback … and his comeback has a name: Atari.

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