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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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The Electric Chair

In 1890, the Governor of New York called for a new method of capital punishment. A more modern, efficient, scientific... more

22 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
Tabasco Sauce

Every bottle of Tabasco sauce on earth comes from one place - Avery Island, deep down in Louisiana. The same... more

19 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes

Concrete is the second most used material on earth after only water. There are more than half a trillion tons... more

15 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
Cold War Origins of Tanks in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is being fought with tanks designed in the Cold War. The US Abrams. The German Leopard.... more

12 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
The First Computer Program

This is the story of the first modern computer program and the extraordinary woman who wrote it, Klara von Neumann.The... more

08 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes

The keyboard on the first ever commercially successful typewriter and the keyboard on your smartphone are separated by a gulf... more

05 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
Filing Cabinets

It’s perhaps the most overlooked invention of all time. Consigned to a forgotten corner in the basement of history. The... more

01 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Instant Noodles

In the year 2000 Japan was asked what its greatest invention of the twentieth century was. They had a LOT... more

26 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
The Rise and Fall of the BlackBerry

At its peak, the BlackBerry was the world’s most popular smartphone with almost 50% of the US market. They were... more

22 Feb 2023 · 12 minutes

If God invented Heaven and Earth, then who invented God? To explain how gods ‘are invented’, how they evolve and... more

19 Feb 2023 · 40 minutes
Archimedes & the Eureka! moment

It’s the most famous bath of all time. But what exactly was Archimedes so excited about?We discover the truth behind... more

15 Feb 2023 · 36 minutes
Snakes and Ladders

It turns out that all those times you played Snakes and Ladders (Chutes and Ladders) as a child you were... more

12 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes

Exactly when, where, how, why our ancient ancestors ‘invented’ farming is one of the great questions of archaeology.Surely if we... more

08 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes

Spam Spam Spam, glorious Spam! Who invented Spam Emails? Just how much Spam activity is there online? And how will... more

05 Feb 2023 · 41 minutes

Fonts are usually invisible to us; we absorb the written word without noticing the medium (unless someone sends you an... more

01 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
The IQ Test

How would you feel if you found out you had a very high or a very low IQ? Would it... more

29 Jan 2023 · 32 minutes

It’s time to talk about the toilet, or crapper, or bog, or the john, head, the comfort station, khazi, dunny,... more

25 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Caesarean section

A hundred years ago next to no one was born via Caesarean Section. Today, one in five new arrivals on... more

22 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
Sawing Someone in Half Trick

When this trick was first performed, ushers poured buckets of blood down the gutter outside the theatre to entice people... more

18 Jan 2023 · 30 minutes
Levi's Jeans

150 years ago a patent was lodged for the first ever pair of jeans (what we’d think of as jeans... more

15 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes

250 million years ago the armour-plated Placoderm fish invented the act of sex as we know it. Hubba Hubba. Dive... more

11 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes

You can argue that plastics were invented to save nature from human depredation…that plan backfired a bit!Early plastics were designed... more

08 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
Open Plan Office

The Open Plan Office. A little bit of you might die inside every time you hear those words. But we... more

04 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes

Today we’re bringing you an episode from Dan Snow’s History Hit. Normal Patented service will resume in the New Year.Accurate... more

28 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
Christmas Crackers

Ho ho ho! Come with us on a Christmas tale of invention as we talk to the world’s only Christmas... more

21 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes

There’s so many versions of Monopoly these days. Which one is the original? London? No. Atlantic City? Uh uh. The... more

18 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes

Today it’s a Tupperware party and you’re all invited! Tupperware epitomises the post-war suburban dream. But pop open the lid... more

14 Dec 2022 · 30 minutes
Emojis 😊💩🍆

The hieroglyphs seem to hold a lot of secrets about Ancient Egyptians. What do emojis say about us? What on... more

11 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes

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 · 37 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

Find out what Play-Doh has to do with sooty walls. And how we have a nursery teacher called Kay Zufall... more

21 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
Cloud Seeding & Climate Engineering

Pyres on the Appalachian mountains. Planes spraying chemicals into clouds. Mirrors in space. “I can make it rain, I can... more

17 Aug 2022 · 33 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