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From agriculture to the X-ray machine, Stuff to Blow Your Mind hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the inventions we created, and how they created us.

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From agriculture to the X-ray machine, Stuff to Blow Your Mind hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the inventions we created, and how they created us.

    The Pencil

    The Pencil

    It’s easy to take the pencil for granted, but that eraser-capped wooden cylinder with a core of graphite has a story and a history -- and Robert and Joe explore it in this episode of Invention.
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    • 47 min
    Beachbum Berry on the Invention of the Mai Tai

    Beachbum Berry on the Invention of the Mai Tai

    The Mai Tai isn’t only the most famous Tiki cocktail, it’s one of the most well known cocktails on the planet. But where does it come from? Who invented it? In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe turn to noted Tiki historian and mixologist Jeff “Beachbum” Berry for answers.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Invention Classic: Chopsticks

    Invention Classic: Chopsticks

    Chopsticks are such an intuitive and precise eating utensil, it’s easy to assume they’ve been with us. But as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore, this neolithic invention didn’t really leave the kitchen for the dinner table in a major way till the fifth century CE. Prepare to explore the invention of chopsticks. (Originally published 12/17/18)
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    • 1 hr
    Listener Mail: Year End Wrap-Up, Part 2

    Listener Mail: Year End Wrap-Up, Part 2

    Join your Invention hosts Robert and Joe for another round of listenener mail on recent episodes devoted to the Microwave Oven and all sorts of toys.
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    • 41 min
    Listener Mail: Year End Wrap-Up, Part 1

    Listener Mail: Year End Wrap-Up, Part 1

    As the first year of Invention comes to a close, Robert and Joe catch up on listener mail for everything from air conditioning and ketchup to toys and bubble wrap.
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    • 45 min
    Toys, Part 3

    Toys, Part 3

    As the holiday season sets in, Robert and Joe open up Santa’s toy bag to consider the invention of various toys -- toys intended to teach, toys intended to puzzle and toys that leverage technology for good old fashioned childhood fun.
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    • 1 hr 15 min

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