American Innovations podcast artwork

A podcast from Wondery

American Innovations

wondery.com/shows/american-innovations

95 Episodes

95 Episodes

A podcast from Wondery

American Innovations

American Innovations podcast artwork npr.org/programs/invisibilia

95 Episodes

Listen to this with Pocket Casts, the free podcast app

Elevate your podcast experience

Find Out More

Description

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.

Latest Episode

27 Aug 2020 • 38 mins

Keeping Cool | A Chilly Reception

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.