Invention

Invention

From agriculture to the X-ray machine, hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the inventions we created, and how they created us.... Show More

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November 18, 2019 41 min

You probably use one everyday: to warm up your lunch, to explode pats of butter or simply to reheat your coffee. But how does a microwave oven work and where does this amazingly useful invention come from? Find out in this episode of Invention! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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November 11, 2019 66 min

In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe continue the month’s journey through human CULINARY techno-history -- this time with the story of the turnspit dog. This now-extinct breed of dog turned the meat in many a European kitchen, before it was replaced by machines. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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November 4, 2019 51 min

In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe kick off a month of food content with the history of canning! Yes, from Napoleonic bottles of soups to our modern bounty of canned sustenance, you’ll explore where it came from, who invented the process and how it changed the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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October 27, 2019 55 min

Once more, for Halloween! The 18th century Guillotine represents the absolute pinnacle of mechanical decapitation. In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore its origins and legacy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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October 20, 2019 34 min

Sure, caskets and coffins are essentially just containers for the dead -- but we stash far more than our corpses inside them. We also pour in a generous helping of human anxiety, hope and magical thinking. In this three-part exploration of Invention, Robert and Joe consider the nature of caskets and look at some of the stranger designs from human history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis... Read more

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October 13, 2019 50 min

Sure, caskets and coffins are essentially just containers for the dead -- but we stash far more than our corpses inside them. We also pour in a generous helping of human anxiety, hope and magical thinking. In this three-part exploration of Invention, Robert and Joe consider the nature of caskets and look at some of the stranger designs from human history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis... Read more

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October 6, 2019 65 min

Sure, caskets and coffins are essentially just containers for the dead -- but we stash far more than our corpses inside them. We also pour in a generous helping of human anxiety, hope and magical thinking. In this three-part exploration of Invention, Robert and Joe consider the nature of caskets and look at some of the stranger designs from human history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis... Read more

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September 29, 2019 65 min

You love it. You put it on everything. But where does ketchup come from? In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the mysterious origins of everyone’s favorite sweet red sauce -- and consider the jaw-dropping fact that ketchup isn’t always red and isn’t always made from tomatoes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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September 23, 2019 53 min

Air conditioning has had a profound impact on modern life -- and in more ways than you might realize. In this trio of Invention episodes, Robert and Joe explore pre-AC cooling methods, the invention itself and the many ways it changed the shape (and temperature) of our lives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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September 8, 2019 51 min

Air conditioning has had a profound impact on modern life -- and in more ways than you might realize. In this trio of Invention episodes, Robert and Joe explore pre-AC cooling methods, the invention itself and the many ways it changed the shape (and temperature) of our lives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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September 1, 2019 62 min

The telescope is one of the most important inventions in human history, ultimately enabling humanity to gaze beyond the limits of biological sight and begin a greater understanding of the cosmos. In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the invention’s history and impact. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 25, 2019 50 min

Don’t take bubble wrap for granted! Someone had to invent it and you might be surprised to learn where it came from. In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe discuss the history and future of packing material. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 18, 2019 61 min

It's listener mail time again on Invention! You've written in with your thoughts on past episodes and now Robert and Joe are going to read some of them -- with the help of a brand new mailbot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 11, 2019 48 min

Let's cut to the chase: scissors are an excellent and ancient invention that impacts our lives in a number of ways. In this episode, Robert and Joe discuss their origins, use and examples from past and present -- along with a little scissor myth and folklore. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 4, 2019 50 min

Who invented toast? Who then went on to invent the toaster? In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe chase the origins of bread transformed through the Maillard reaction and consider the origins of the specialized mini-oven we use to do it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 28, 2019 60 min

Sit back. This might sting. In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the history of hypodermic needles: what came before in human and evolutionary history and where we’re going with drug injections and blood withdrawls.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 21, 2019 57 min

How does earthquake detection work and when did humans device the first method of detecting them at a distance? In this Invention two-parter, Robert and Joe first discuss the mysterious invention of ancient Chinese polymath Zhāng Héng before moving on to modern innovations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 15, 2019 50 min

A fungal accident in the early 20th century opened the door for the medical wonders of the antibiotic age. In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore what came before and how Alexander Fleming’s discovery changed the world.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 1, 2019 69 min

We all love a good museum, but how long have we had them? In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe discuss just what a museum actually is and when the concept seems to have entered human civilization. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 17, 2019 50 min

Condoms are an important part of human health and medicine, but where did this invention come from? Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Invention.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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