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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 3,319 ratings
Missing seasons
Great podcast. Very interesting and informative. But where are the missing seasons. Season 6, then 8 through 12 I believe aren’t in the feed. What gives?
@macjama via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/11/20
I’m listening to my first episode about the birth control pill and have one major problem. I really like the storytelling style and production value. I can’t stand the narrator playing the role of all characters. He has dialogues with himself using slightly different voices for different people....Read full review »
ZedEyeSee via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/30/19
American Innovations is an incredible series that includes historical lessons that are still very relevant today and build the foundational background for what makes this country the greatest in the world. Truly amazing! Thank you
astanfel via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/28/19
Recent Episodes
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Published 01/16/20
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