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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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Why did the chicken cross the road? What came first, the chicken or the egg? Who invented the chicken anyway?We... more

07 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes

Who invented LEGO, the world's favourite toy? To find out we have to head to a Danish fishing village where... more

04 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes

CROISSANTS WEREN’T INVENTED IN FRANCE. Mon dieu! C’est pas vrai!Today Dallas finds out about the person responsible for bringing the... more

30 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes

Who invented aliens? We did. Each age invents its own. When we invented robots, aliens became robotic beings. In the... more

27 Nov 2022 · 41 minutes
Roller Coasters

The world’s first Loop-the-Loop roller coaster gave so many people whiplash that they kept a medical team on the payroll.Find... more

23 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Frozen Food

The Frozen Food industry was invented by the Birdseye company. And that company was started by a living breathing Birdseye;... more

20 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes

***Real life inventor alert*** We speak to Rick Priestley the co-creator of the weird world of Warhammer where valiant humans,... more

16 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes

Hold onto your fishing rods guys. We’re tracking down the origins of batteries and it turns out it has a... more

13 Nov 2022 · 32 minutes
Canned Food

Hope you’re hungry because today we’re opening a can of historical worms as we discover the origins of canned food. How... more

09 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes

They were cigars the size of ocean liners that floated through the clouds. Cow intestines filled with hydrogen held them... more

06 Nov 2022 · 40 minutes
Online Advertising

What was the first ever internet ad? When was the last time someone actually clicked on one? What happened to... more

02 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
Paranormal Technology

Welcome to Patented-Gone-Paranormal!! Thomas Edison tried to make a telephone that called the spirit world. One of the pioneers of... more

30 Oct 2022 · 41 minutes
Nuclear Fusion Power

For almost a century we’ve been trying to build a star on earth. Not easy with temperatures reaching 150,000,000℃.Today on... more

26 Oct 2022 · 33 minutes

Linoleum, or “lino”, once ruled the world (of flooring). It appeared everywhere from the Titanic to your gran’s kitchen. But... more

23 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
How The Victorians Took Us To The Moon

If a Victorian met Elon Musk they would completely get him. The world’s richest man, determined to use technology that... more

19 Oct 2022 · 25 minutes
Eco Farming

George Washington Carver is well known to Americans as the Peanut Man. It’s been written of him that ‘peanuts were... more

16 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes

The birth of DNA fingerprinting will forever be tied to Leicester, England. It was invented in a lab in the... more

12 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
Punk & the Sex Pistols

Have you ever heard the story of how punk began?“They are Dickensian-like urchins who with ragged clothes and pockmarked faces... more

09 Oct 2022 · 29 minutes
Recorded Sound

From talking sponges to voices frozen in ice, the history of recorded sound is not what you expect.People fantasised about... more

05 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
FORENSICS: Lie Detectors

What does Wonder Woman have to do with the invention of the lie detector? Does refusing to yank a donkey’s... more

02 Oct 2022 · 30 minutes
Space Food

If humans travel to Mars then by the time they come home all the food they eat will be five... more

28 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
FORENSICS: Fingerprinting

We hear from London’s most inaccessible museum, the Met police’s Crime Museum, and take you back to India in the... more

25 Sep 2022 · 41 minutes

First Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel shocked the world’s eyeballs with her fashion designs. Then she shocked its nostrils with a new... more

21 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
FORENSICS: The Beginning

Death by tiger bites. Death by prodding. Death from sexual excess. Deaths from over-eating and over-drinking. The opening of graves.These... more

18 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes

We take PowerPoint for granted. It's as much a fact of life as concrete. Or rainy afternoons. But it hasn’t... more

14 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
Virtual Assistants ft. The Real Siri

We talk to the real life Siri in this episode. Susan Bennett was the original voice of Siri back in... more

07 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
Contact Lenses

The Contact Lens. The humble Contact Lens. Oh boy, do we have a rip-roaring episode for you about the humble... more

04 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
Sports Bra

REAL LIFE INVENTOR ALERT!!!Two jockstraps cleverly sewn together. That was how the very first sports bra was made in 1977.... more

31 Aug 2022 · 34 minutes

If you feel confused and left behind by cryptocurrency then this is for you. We're taking you on a journey... more

28 Aug 2022 · 48 minutes
Home Security System

The patent for the Ring doorbell cites this as the starting point. A Heath Robinson looking design with peep holes,... more

24 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Patented: History of Inventions
Patented: History of Inventions

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We take PowerPoint for granted. It's as much a fact of life as concrete. Or rainy afternoons. But it hasn’t always been... more