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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.

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New episodes come out every Thursday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
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.

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    The Mystery of Stuxnet | Cracking the Code

    The Mystery of Stuxnet | Cracking the Code

    In the summer of 2010, a mysterious computer virus called Stuxnet lands on the desk of Symantec cybersecurity analyst Liam O’Murchu. Stuxnet is unlike anything O’Murchu has ever seen: a highly sophisticated piece of malware that serves no obvious purpose. O’Murchu and his colleagues are determined to figure out how it works and who’s behind it -- but soon, it becomes clear that Stuxnet might be more than they bargained for.

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    • 41 min
    The Mystery of Stuxnet | All The President’s Malware

    The Mystery of Stuxnet | All The President’s Malware

    Experts at Symantec have finally discovered that the virus Stuxnet is designed to target nuclear facilities in Iran. But many questions remain. Who is responsible for the virus? How did it get out? As veteran New York Times reporter David Sanger delves into the origins of Stuxnet, he worries that it represents a new kind of cyber warfare, one without defined rules of engagement, that could have dire consequences for global cybersecurity.

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    • 43 min
    Tech’s Next Big Waves

    Tech’s Next Big Waves

    For our last episode before American Innovations goes on hiatus, we look to the future of new technology from artificial intelligence and virtual reality to carbon capture and the electrification of mobility. Steven talks about these innovations and more with friend of the podcast Clive Thompson, a journalist who writes about science and technology and the author of Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World.




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    • 41 min
    Encore: The Modern Ambulance

    Encore: The Modern Ambulance

    Today when you dial 9-1-1, a squad of trained medical professionals arrives, often within minutes. But just 55 years ago, emergency calls were generally dispatched to funeral homes, simply because their vehicles were suited to transporting bodies. You’d be lucky if the person transporting you had any first aid training at all.




    Throughout the 1960s, volunteer rescue squads emerged. But it would take the ambitious vision of a community organizer in Pittsburgh to spin a medical revolution into being.




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    • 43 min
    Man with No Memory | The Accident

    Man with No Memory | The Accident

    Even as recently as the early 1950s, we didn’t understand that there were different types of memory, or how the brain processed and stored memories. Then, in 1953, a radical surgery by a reckless doctor gave us tremendous insights into how human memory works. Those scientific gains came at a terrible cost, however. The surgery left the patient, Henry Molaison, a profound amnesiac -- completely incapable of forming new memories. This is his story.

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    • 41 min
    Man with No Memory | The Permanent Now

    Man with No Memory | The Permanent Now

    Without a functioning memory, Henry Molaison struggles to cope with everyday life. He loses his job, and becomes totally dependent on his overwhelmed parents. Meanwhile, neuroscientist Brenda Milner realizes that Henry’s tragic case can solve some profound mysteries about how memory works in our brains—and might even reveal whole new aspects of memory that previously went undetected.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
4K Ratings

4K Ratings

Scotty Baby 929 ,

Excellent!

Another great Wondery show. An exciting combination of Tech and History, based on the Innovations that have defined this Country. Excellent story telling and production skills bring the adventures of our Entrepreneurs to life. Thanks Steven for creating this masterpiece podcast.

Elaine in Baltimore ,

I have learned so much!

Love this show - entertaining and full of interesting things to know.

PodcastGrinder ,

Love the Podcast, but, there’s something I don’t get.

This is American Innovations, so, why do a series on Alfred Nobel and Dynamite? He wasn’t American, and, dynamite wasn’t developed in America. In fact, the only countries Alfred Nobel lived in were in Europe. The countries he lived in were Sweden, Russia, France, and Italy.

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