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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,...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 3,786 ratings
Wonderfully told stories
Really enjoy the simplicity but effectiveness that SBJ tells his stories. The cut aways to conversations provides a realness to the history that other history podcasts could really learn from. Personal favorite: The Kellogg Brothers 🤓
Sidai316 via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 07/04/20
I’ve listened to several of the podcasts and like most the ones I don’t particularly like is more about my tastes than than anything critical of Wondery.
Besty56 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/20
Fabulous 👍🏼
So thought provoking and informative! I am loving these stories! And I love Steven Johnson’s voice and expressive story telling
magnatronic via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/08/20
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