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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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Things vs. Humans: the spiteful behaviour of inanimate objects

If you can never connect to a printer, if furniture jumps out to stub your toe, if when you do... more

27 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
First Ever Submarine

400 years ago on the River Thames a mad genius showed off the world's first submarine. A crowd of thousands... more

24 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
Inventing Fire: the First Spark of Humanity

Fire is the unsung hero of human evolution. We could not have turned into the big-brained, deep-thinking animals we are... more

20 Sep 2023 · 36 minutes
Rise and Fall of High Heels

For most of their history, High Heels were resolutely masculine. The most manly of manly footwear. How did they turn... more

17 Sep 2023 · 47 minutes

What do all incredibly cool people have in common? They wear Sunglasses. Whether you're Miles Davis or Audrey Hepburn, James... more

13 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Deep-Sea Submersibles & the Titan Disaster

The Titan submersible implosion was a tragic example of marine exploration going wrong. Today Dallas speaks to one of the... more

10 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes

Why are men in charge? Who invented Patriarchy?Was it chest-thumping primate ancestors? Was it spear-wielding hunter gatherers? Was it at... more

06 Sep 2023 · 47 minutes
Donald Hebb: Brainwashing in the Cold War

In 1950, a new word ‘brainwashing’ entered the English language. From the paranoia of the Cold War a new type... more

03 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
Medieval Swords

No invention conjures up the 'Old World' as much as the Sword. It's an utterly iconic object that whisks us... more

30 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
Marie Curie

In a leaky shed in Paris, Marie Curie turned two tons of pitchblende (aka special rocks) into a single test... more

27 Aug 2023 · 38 minutes

Nanotechnology may seem like something from a sci-fi movie plot, but it’s a very real thing and has likely affected... more

23 Aug 2023 · 48 minutes
Wernher Von Braun: Nazi Father of Rocket Science

Wernher von Braun launched America's space programme, and took Apollo 11 to the moon. He was also a Nazi member... more

20 Aug 2023 · 50 minutes
Digital Calculators

What did humans do before calculators? How big was the very first electronic calculator? And what do monkey bones have... more

16 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
Oppenheimer: Inventor of the Atomic Bomb

Robert Oppenheimer was the father of the atomic bomb - a weapon of unprecedented power, which, when dropped on Japan,... more

13 Aug 2023 · 40 minutes
Coca Cola: A Backyard Invention

Was Coca Cola originally made with Cocaine? Did Coca Cola invent Santa? Who knows the Coca Cola recipe? Dallas is... more

09 Aug 2023 · 52 minutes
Fritz Haber: Inventor of Poisonous Gas

Fritz Haber is an undisputed genius and is considered one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th Century. He’s... more

06 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
Inventing Hello Kitty

She’s the most famous cat’s in the world. She’s definitely the most expensive. She’s worth a cool $84.5 Billion. She’s... more

02 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Thermos Flask: A Hot and Cold History

Isn’t it mind-blowing that a thermos flask can keep your drink hot or cold for 8 hours, despite what’s happening... more

30 Jul 2023 · 37 minutes
The Walkman: The First Intimate Technology

Think about how intimate our relationship with technology is. In today’s day and age, it’s almost impossible to function in... more

26 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
Chewing Gum: From the Aztecs to Avocados

Spearmint, peppermint, double-bubble. You may think that chewing gum is a modern invention, when in fact we've been chewing the... more

23 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
Karaoke: The History

When you think about it, the Karaoke machine is a simple invention. Basically two existing inventions, the tape deck and... more

19 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
Ectoplasm: Seances & the Rise of Spiritualism

Communicating with the dead has a long and winding history. The rise of seances and the showmanship of paranormal activity... more

16 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
Fish & Chips: The Unexpected Origins of Britain's Favourite Dish

Fish and Chips. About 382 million portions of the iconic national dish are consumed every year. That works out to... more

12 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
Black Boxes: Recording Airplanes' Final Moments

They can survive in lava for half an hour and accelerations of 3,400 Gs. Their beacons can be detected 20,000... more

09 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
Rise and Fall of Cinema

What was the first cinema? When were the heydays of cinema-going and where are we now? How has the experience... more

05 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Dogs: Domesticating Wolves, Inventing Breeds (& Killer Beavers)

How do we go from wolves to modern dogs? And where do Killer Beavers fit into the story?Humans domesticated wolves... more

02 Jul 2023 · 39 minutes
Ejector Seats: Death Defying Invention

"Eject! Eject!" Imagine hearing that and the next second flying out into the sky at hundreds of miles an hour,... more

28 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
McDonald's: Roadside Stand to Worldwide Brand

Every second McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers. It serves 70 million customers each day (more than the population of the UK).... more

25 Jun 2023 · 34 minutes

Who invented the Kitchen? It might seem silly to ask that but there is in fact one kitchen that people... more

21 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
Pride Flag: Birth of a Rainbow

The first ever Pride Flag was 30 ft high and 60 ft wide. A suitably epic beginning for a flag... more

18 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
Pencils: A Surprising History

Is the pencil an example of perfect design? What is the greatest pencil of all time? What does a fallen... more

14 Jun 2023 · 31 minutes
Locks and the Great Lock Controversy

In Victorian England, a prisoner was promised their freedom if only they could pick a lock...This week on Patented it's... more

11 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Suffragette Scientists

Hold onto your lab coats, because the suffragette scientists are here to shake things up! Patricia Fara, author of A... more

07 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes

Vulture. Snake. Baboon in a Basket. Get ready for hieroglyphs, history, and hilarity as Dallas talks to Egyptologist Chris Naunton.We... more

04 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
Stone Tools: The First Ever Invention

Stone Tools are technology 1.0. They’re where it all begins. For millions of years, Stone Tools were our primary piece... more

31 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Colours: from Cave Paint to Nanotube Black

There's a theory that the invention of paint had something to do with the dawn of humanity. We are on... more

28 May 2023 · 40 minutes
Inventing Disneyland: The First Themepark

Giant mouse ears at the ready, we're off to Disneyland! Hop on board and travel with us inside Walt Disney's... more

24 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Rise and Fall of Encyclopedias

The 15th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1974, cost $32 million to create. The largest investment in publishing... more

21 May 2023 · 35 minutes
Inventing Bond: Wiretapping

We live in a world where everything is bugged. We all know we are being monitored. The surprising thing is... more

17 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Chicken Nuggets: A Bitesized History

The most famous chicken nugget of them all, the McDonald’s McNugget, turns 40 this year. So we’re asking, who invented... more

14 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Inventing Bond: Cocktails

It's Cocktail Hour! In honour of James Bond we ask who invented cocktails? Have they always been a cool thing... more

10 May 2023 · 30 minutes

In this story, the cart really does come before the horse. Horse transport doesn't begin with people riding around on... more

07 May 2023 · 29 minutes
First King of England

Who was the first King of England? Who invented a place called 'England' anyway? And what on earth are the... more

03 May 2023 · 31 minutes
Electric Motors & Michael Faraday

How’s this for a CV? 1821 - invented the Electric Motor. 1831 - invented the Electric Generator. Oh, and I... more

30 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
Inventing Bond: Cars

Fast and sleek with a satisfying rumble in the engine. What else could you want from a car?Well, for James... more

26 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes

The Book. It’s the most powerful object in history (sorry Sword fans). But how did it come to be? And... more

23 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
Inventing Bond: Gadgets

Dagger shoes, Lipstick gas grenade, Razor rimmed hat, Milk bottle Grenade…Prosthetic Nipple.We’re continuing our exploration of the inventions that have... more

19 Apr 2023 · 40 minutes

Get ready for the story of how the telegraph went from a long line of monks holding hands to a... more

16 Apr 2023 · 40 minutes
Inventing Bond: The Real Q

Well before Bond was lasering and limboing himself out of fictional situations, these were the questions faced by the British... more

12 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes

Why did Sigmund Freud want a vasectomy at 67 years old? Why were goat gonads all the rage in the... more

09 Apr 2023 · 50 minutes

Get ready for the coming of our robot overlords by listening to this episode all about the history of AI.... more

05 Apr 2023 · 49 minutes
April Fool's Day

When does spaghetti grow on trees? When can you milk a duck? When does Google read your brainwaves? On April... more

02 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
Fish Tanks and Aquariums

Early aquariums didn't have much more in them than some sorry looking trout. Yet such was the excitement at being... more

29 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Ouija Board

The Ouija Board was patented in 1890. But in did not appear out of thin air. It was only one... more

26 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
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: How They Changed the World

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 & Ladders: Tantric Mysticism, Cosmic Serpents and the Meaning of Life

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: Birth of a Monster

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
Sex (and the fish who invented it)

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
Patented: History of Inventions
Patented: History of Inventions

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