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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 Fire Extinguisher, Part 1

    The Fire Extinguisher, Part 1

    Fire technology depends on the ability to not only create and foster fire, but also the ability to snuff it out as needed. Today, the fire extinguisher is an important active fire protection device, but where does this technology emerge in human techno-history? Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Invention.
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    • 51 min
    Strike the Match, Part 3

    Strike the Match, Part 3

    Mastery of fire was one of humanity’s greatest technological leaps forward, but even the ability to create fire only gets you so far if the flame is not easily generated and/or transferred. Thus, the millennia-spanning quest to create the subtle technology we so easily take for granted: the modern matchstick. Join Robert and Joe for a multi-episode Invention exploration on fire-generation technology.
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    • 40 min
    Strike the Match, Part 2

    Strike the Match, Part 2

    Mastery of fire was one of humanity’s greatest technological leaps forward, but even the ability to create fire only gets you so far if the flame is not easily generated and/or transferred. Thus, the millennia-spanning quest to create the subtle technology we so easily take for granted: the modern matchstick. Join Robert and Joe for a multi-episode Invention exploration on fire-generation technology.
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    • 47 min
    Strike the Match, Part 1

    Strike the Match, Part 1

    Mastery of fire was one of humanity’s greatest technological leaps forward, but even the ability to create fire only gets you so far if the flame is not easily generated and/or transferred. Thus, the millennia-spanning quest to create the subtle technology we so easily take for granted: the modern matchstick. Join Robert and Joe for a multi-episode Invention exploration on fire-generation technology.
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    • 59 min
    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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    • 50 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 10 min

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The Pencil

Great show! Please follow up on this with pens, and other writing implements! Thanks!

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Entertaining and informative

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Pegangel ,

This was so interesting and so fun. I thought I might skip it because it sounded silly.

Au contraire! Except it’s 10 a m and I really want a mai tai.

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