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Patented: History of Inventions
Patented: History of Inventions
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This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What... more

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Episodes

The Aeroplane

On 17 December 1903 the Wright Brothers successful completed the first manned, controlled and sustained flight in human history.They made... more

18 May 2022 · 40 minutes
The Bicycle with Tim Harford

Invented in the mid-1800s, bicycles have had enduring popularity. Across cultures, they have been embraced, promising freedom and mobility at... more

15 May 2022 · 38 minutes
Prozac

How — and why — did Prozac become the best-selling antidepressant of all time? As it is Mental Health Awareness Week,... more

11 May 2022 · 37 minutes
LSD

How did LSD go from accidental discovery to the counter cultures go to drug?On April 19th 1943 Albert Hoffman had... more

08 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Small Inventions, Big Impact

Staples, paper clips, and washers - small inventions that improve our everyday lives and have even saved lives. In this... more

04 May 2022 · 33 minutes
Robots

Many of us became familiar with robots through science fiction — R2D2, C3PO, Rosie from the Jetsons, Marvin the Paranoid... more

01 May 2022 · 34 minutes
Wheeled Suitcase

We put man on the moon before we invented the wheeled suitcase. Why did it take so long? Find out in todays... more

27 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Tanks

Tanks defined 20th century conflict — they conjure to mind images of Tiananmen Square or the Soviet Army rolling into... more

24 Apr 2022 · 28 minutes
The Origin of Zero

Nada, naught, nil, zip, zilch, zero. Whatever you call it, it's hard to imagine the world without it. Zero is... more

20 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
The First Motion Picture: Conspiracy, Murder, and Movies

In 1890, the man who shot the first ever motion picture boarded a train in Paris — and was never... more

17 Apr 2022 · 29 minutes
Patented: History of Inventions
The Aeroplane
Patented: History of Inventions