93 episodes

This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What everyday items have surprising origins? And would man have ever got to the moon without… the bra? 
Each episode host Dallas Campbell dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and merky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians. 
Expect new episodes every Wednesday and Sunday.

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    • 4.7 • 26 Ratings

This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What everyday items have surprising origins? And would man have ever got to the moon without… the bra? 
Each episode host Dallas Campbell dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and merky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians. 
Expect new episodes every Wednesday and Sunday.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Spam

    Spam

    Spam Spam Spam, glorious Spam! Who invented Spam Emails? Just how much Spam activity is there online? And how will we survive once Spam AI gets going?
    Spam has been the nemesis of the internet since its earliest days. And soon AI-powered spambots will force us to radically change our online behaviour if we don’t want to be perpetually duped.
    Taking us on a tour of the murky world of spammers is Finn Brunton, Professor at UC Davis in Science and Technology Studies and author of the book Spam: a Shadow History of the Internet.
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    Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long

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    • 41 min
    Fonts

    Fonts

    Fonts are usually invisible to us; we absorb the written word without noticing the medium (unless someone sends you an email in comic sans and then you can’t see past the choice of font!)
    But every font is a piece of design, created for a specific purpose at a specific point in time. Laden with meanings, some of which we subconsciously absorb when we see it.
    Today’s guest is Sarah Hyndman, author of Why Fonts Matter and whose company Type Tasting delves into the power that typography has over us.
    Edited by Joseph Knight, Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 32 min
    The IQ Test

    The IQ Test

    How would you feel if you found out you had a very high or a very low IQ? Would it change you? The IQ test has an awful allure to it. A single number that ranks your mental ability against everyone else’s, for better or for worse.
    Helping Dallas explore the origins of this blasted test is John Carson, historian and author of The Measure of Merit: Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics, 1750-1940.
    Edited by Joseph Knight, produced by Freddy Chick, senior producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 32 min
    Toilets

    Toilets

    It’s time to talk about the toilet, or crapper, or bog, or the john, head, the comfort station, khazi, dunny, can, throne, pissoir.
    Join Dallas and his guest, Rose George - author of The Big Necessity, on a trip down the toilet bowl of history as they uncover the origins of the flush toilet.
    Listen in to find out how Queen Elizabeth’s naughty cousin tried to win back her favour, why sewers don’t smell as bad as we think, and what a condom filled with miso paste has to do with all this.
    Edited by Aidan Lonergan, produced by Freddy Chick, senior producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 26 min
    Caesarean section

    Caesarean section

    A hundred years ago next to no one was born via Caesarean Section. Today, one in five new arrivals on planet earth come via a Caesarean. Its meteoric rise is down to an invention most people won’t know. The Foetal Heart Monitor.
    This is a story about how the law of unintended consequences led to Caesarean Section becoming the world’s most common major surgery.
    Our guest today is Jackie Wolf, is a historian of medicine and author of Caesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence. She’s also a repeat guest on Patented. Go back and check out her episode on Baby Formula if you haven’t heard it.
    WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of childbirth and the death of a baby during childbirth.
    Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 28 min
    Sawing Someone in Half Trick

    Sawing Someone in Half Trick

    When this trick was first performed, ushers poured buckets of blood down the gutter outside the theatre to entice people into the macabre spectacle. Today Dallas is joined by Jim Steinmeyer to talk about the invention and development of the most iconic magic trick of all - Sawing Someone In Half.
    It turns out that Dallas is something of a magician himself and has been fascinated by the history of magic for a long time. And Jim, author of Hiding the Elephant and many other books on magic, is something of a hero.
    Edited by Joseph Knight, Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Aussie Beard ,

Great show!

I have any 2 podcast programs that I sit and wait for each coming episode. Patented is one, always interesting and always entertaining. I learn something every single time. Keep up the good work young fellow 😀

G30Sw ,

Interesting stuff

Most of the episodes to date have been terrific. Much depends of course on the expert guest, and the host knowing the right questions to ask and moderating the session so it does not turn into a 45+ lecture.

Cutting Edge tech lover ,

Warhammer and other irrelevances

Hi Dallas, and whoever else chooses the subject matter, I do like the show but far too often it runs off into irrelevant, annoying subjects such as Warhammer, Barbie dolls, Croissants,Aliens, and various fads and toys for feeble minds. You seem to have forgotten that your program is called “Patented“. This and the summary provided with the show implies inventions that have substance, not juvenile fantasies, food culture,games and kids gimmicks. There are so many brilliant inventions out there in the world. Why not concentrate on the things that really matter?
You seem to have aimed your program at the morons and neglected the many instances of genius in the world. Very disappointing

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