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Podcast: Patti McGee and Di Dootson Rose, pioneering skateboarders (18:12)

Patti McGee and Di Dootson Rose talk about their lives as women skateboarders and offer some insight on skateboarding's place in American culture.


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Learn more » Learn more about the Lemelson Center's Innoskate initiative

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Podcast: Jacob Rosenberg turns the camera on skateboarders (19:06)

Jacob Rosenberg explores the skate world through his films.


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Learn more » Learn more about Jacob Rosenberg’s film about Danny Way

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Podcast: Lemelson Center Fellows reflect on their research (16:54)

Lemelson Center Fellows Lisa Cook and Lee Vinsel talk about their time at the Center.


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Learn more » Learn more about the Lemelson Center Fellowship Program >>

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Podcast: Lectures by Lemelson Center Fellows Lisa Cook and Lee Vinsel (18:20)

Lemelson Center Fellows Lisa Cook and Lee Vinsel talk about their research projects.


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Learn more » Learn more about the Lemelson Center Fellowship Program >>

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Podcast: W. Bernard Carlson traces the arc of Nikola Tesla’s electric life (part 2 of 2) (23:16)

W. Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, talks about Nikola Tesla's life and work.


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Learn more » Tesla and Innovation website

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Podcast: W. Bernard Carlson traces the arc of Nikola Tesla’s electric life (part 1 of 2) (20:23)

W. Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, talks about Nikola Tesla's life and work.


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Learn more » Tesla and Innovation website

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Podcast: Lecture by W. Bernard Carlson on Nikola Tesla (59:07)

W. Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, talks about Nikola Tesla's life and work during a program presented by the Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.


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Learn more » Tesla at the Smithsonian: The Story Behind His Genius

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Adam Harvey counters surveillance with fashion (32:45)

Artist-designer-inventor Adam Harvey explores the aesthetics of privacy.


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Learn more » Visit Adam Harvey’s website >>

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Podcast: Robin Logan and Cindy Whitehead, pioneering skateboarders (17:27)

Robin Logan and Cindy Whitehead talk about their lives as two of the first professional women skateboarders and offer some insight on skateboarding’s place in American culture.


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Learn more » Highlights from Innoskate >>

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Podcast: Bob Casey spins double disks (28:40)

DJ Bob Casey talks about introducing the dual turntable into the music scene in 1958.


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Podcast: Jim Colegrove develops carbon fiber bicycle frames (20:00)

Trek Bicycle senior composites manufacturing engineer Jim Colegrove describes the evolution of carbon fiber frames at Trek.


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Learn more » Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France-winning Trek bicycle

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Podcast: Law professor Adam Mossoff says patent wars aren’t a new thing (23:43)

Adam Mossoff, professor of law at George Mason University, explores the Sewing Machine Patent war of the 1850s and its parallels with contemporary patent wars.


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Learn more » “The Rise and Fall of the First American Patent Thicket: The Sewing Machine War of the 1850s”

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Podcast: Civil War communications technologies, part 2 (27:10)

Jesse Heitz, King's College, London, describes the Confederacy’s use of ironclad ship technology and National Air and Space Museum curator Tom Crouch talks about prototypes for flying machines during the Civil War.


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Learn more » More information on "Astride Two Ages: Technology and the Civil War,” the Smithsonian Institution Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium >>

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Podcast: Civil War communications technologies, part 1 (25:04)

John Miller, Georgia Institute of Technology, and National Museum of American History curator Joan Boudreau discuss the role of telegraph technology and portable printing presses during the Civil War.


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Learn more » More information on "Astride Two Ages: Technology and the Civil War,” the Smithsonian Institution Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium >>

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Podcast: Rodney Mullen skates through the invention process (23:00)

Skateboarding legend Rodney Mullen talks about the intersection of skateboarding and invention.


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Learn more » Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen, Skateboard Legends . . . and Inventors?

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Podcast: Political Machines--Innovations that let the people be heard (part 2 of 2) (23:03)

Listen to highlights from "Political Machines: Innovations in Campaigns and Elections," the Lemelson Center’s 2012 New Perspectives on Invention and Innovation symposium, and an interview with POPVOX.com co-founder Rachna Choudhry.


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Learn more » Full symposium program and audio

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Podcast: Political Machines--Innovations in Campaigns and Elections (part 1 of 2) (19:50)

Explore the intersection of technology and political advertising, campaigning, polling, and voting in this overview of the Lemelson Center’s 2012 New Perspectives on Invention and Innovation symposium.


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Learn more » Full symposium program

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Podcast: Regina Lee Blaszczyk and The Color Revolution (32:30)

Regina Blaszczyk traces the effects of inventions in colors on American businesses and consumer goods from cars and clothes to butcher shops.


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Learn more » Read more about The Color Revolution >>

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Podcast: Rock ‘n Roll Legend Graham Nash’s Inventive Approach to Art (17:21)

While he is predominantly known for his music, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash has been a photographer for much of his life. In addition to these two art forms, he was also instrumental in the development of digital photographic printing, and his first printer experiment is in the collection at the National Museum of American History.


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Podcast: Inventing Early Photography (12:34)

Shannon Perich, curator of the photographic collection at the National Museum of American History, discusses the invention of the daguerreotype, a method of early photography. Mike Robinson from Ryerson University then demonstrates his modern day daguerreotype process at the Smithsonian’s Castle building.


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Podcast: Innovation of Sound in Video Games (25:49)

Musician Jim Dooley talks about the process involved in creating music for modern video games and how he records and develops his own sounds. Also interviewed is Peter Berkman, lead songwriter from Anamanaguchi, a band that uses sound chips from old video game consoles like the NES and Game Boy to create music.


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Podcast Extra: GameFest! (3:28)

Video from the GameFest! program at Smithsonian American Art Museum. Watch musical group 8 Bit Weapon demonstrate their skills in using video game chips and systems to make live music.


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Podcast: Howard McCurdy Examines Government Influence on Space Innovation (23:20)

Has the government’s role in the space program influenced innovation? In this month’s podcast we hear from Howard McCurdy, a professor of public administration and policy at American University and an authority on space history and policy. Dr. McCurdy examines four factors that are commonly associated with innovation and places stories from the first fifty years of United States space flight into his framework in order to help clarify the government’s role in the space program.


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Podcast: Matthew Hersch and the history of the space suit (17:40)

Matthew Hersch, a lecturer in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the history behind the development of the space suit. From early high altitude suits, to women’s foundation garments and depictions in popular culture, Hersch covers the amazing story behind one of space exploration’s most important inventions.


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Podcast: Jason Bannister: From Sketch to Robot (11:22)

Jason Bannister, chief artist and scientist of Mechanimal, a robotics company in Pittsburgh, designs, sketches and builds robots. In this episode he shows how inventors can start with a basic pencil on paper sketch and eventually wind up with a truly amazing creation.


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Podcast: Warren Belasco studies food for tomorrow (15:26)

Professor Warren Belasco traces a history of the “future” of food.


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Podcast: Bess Williamson traces Universal Design (21:24)

Historian Bess Williamson describes innovative, accessible design approaches to kitchens and cooking.


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Learn more » What’s “universal” about universal design?

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Podcast: Vickie Kloeris creates meals for outer space (21:02)

NASA food scientist Vickie Kloeris develops healthy, tasty meals for astronauts.


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Learn more » "Squishy Gunk in Tubes"

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Podcast: Documentary filmmaker Ian Cheney imagines a future food system (25:45)

Cheney’s film and food project, Truck Farm, profiles inventive urban farmers.


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Podcast: John Andrade and Jennifer Orgolini support environmental stewardship (23:03)

John Andrade and Jennifer Orgolini discuss innovative approaches to beer-making… and place-making.


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Podcast: John Fernandez builds globally competitive communities (18:54)

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development takes us inside Regional Innovation Clusters.


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Podcast: Historian David Rhees tours the "Medical Alley" hot spot (24:00)

How did Minnesota spawn a world-class cluster of medical device companies?


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Learn more » The Bakken Museum

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Podcast: Norman Winarsky taps into Silicon Valley’s culture of innovation (23:45)

At SRI International, Winarsky builds on the ground-breaking work of Douglas Engelbart, using computers to augment human ability.


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Learn more » Learn more about Siri

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Podcast: Liz Lerman nurtures civic dialogue and creativity through dance (19:21)

The choreographer’s studio is a hot spot of innovation for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.


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Learn more » Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

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Podcast: Inventor and entrepreneur Bryan Willson tackles global-energy problems (21:57)

For innovations at Colorado State University’s Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL), location matters.


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Podcast: Historian Jane Lancaster follows Lillian Gilbreth’s quest to “have it all ways” (30:00)

Industrial psychologist Lillian Gilbreth (1878-1972) revolutionized management techniques and improved workplaces for all kinds of workers.


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Learn more » Making Time, Lillian Moller Gilbreth -- A Life Beyond "Cheaper by the Dozen"

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Podcast: Ryan Lintelman traces the roots of America’s motion picture industry (21:27)

In the 1880s, Thomas Edison and fellow inventors in West Orange, New Jersey, caused the American film industry to boom.


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Podcast: Remo Belli, father of the modern drumhead (25:03)

Drummer and entrepreneur Remo Belli changed the face (and head) of an industry.


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Podcast: Entrepreneur and inventor, Ron Popeil (20:25)

But wait! There’s more to television pitchman, Ron Popeil.


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Podcast: Clifton Poodry is fostering greater diversity in science (20:22)

Clifton Poodry draws on his Native American heritage to support aspiring scientists.


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Podcast: Grace Hopper led America into the information age (24:22)

Author Kurt Beyer describes the life and legacy of inventor and computer programmer Grace Murray Hopper.


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Learn more » More books from the Lemelson Center

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Podcast: Lester Brown's agricultural roots may solve today's environmental problems (22:45)

Lester Brown draws on his agricultural past to envision a sustainable future for the global environment.


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Podcast: Andy Bozanic explores the history of the acoustic guitar (19:44)

In the age of electrification, American acoustic guitar makers didn't fret.


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Webcast: Lester Brown, a Portrait of Invention (83:50)

In this interview, renowned author and global environmentalist Lester Brown talks about the challenges of sustaining civilization.


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Learn more » View webcast of this event (Windows Media format)

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Video: Inventor of the Home Video Game, Ralph Baer in Spark!Lab (3:30)

Inventor of the home video game, Ralph Baer and his co-worker Bill Harrison reenact their original ping pong game on a replica of his "brown box" video game system. This event took place in Spark!Lab to celebrate National Inventors Month.


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Learn more » Read about Ralph Baer's invention.

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Podcast: Julie Fenster writes about the spirit of invention (18:56)

In The Spirit of Invention, award-winning author Julie Fenster explores invention themes studied by the Lemelson Center during its first decade.


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Learn more » More books from the Lemelson Center

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Podcast: Student E-teams invent a more sustainable future (19:18)

Join us as we talk with student E-teams whose prize-winning inventions deliver clean energy and water to remote communities.


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Podcast: Madam C. J. Walker had a good head for hair care (part 2 of 2) (19:05)

A'Lelia Bundles explains her quest to document her famous great-great-grandmother's life and legacy.


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Learn more » Visit A'Lelia Bundles website for more information on Madam C. J. Walker.

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Podcast: Madam C. J. Walker had a good head for hair care (part 1 of 2) (20:29)

A'Lelia Bundles explains her quest to document her famous great-great-grandmother's life and legacy.


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Learn more » Visit A'Lelia Bundles website for more information on Madam C. J. Walker.

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Podcast: Meet Tricia Edwards and Steve Madewell of Spark!Lab (15:26)

Go behind-the-scenes with Tricia Edwards and Steve Madewell at Spark!Lab, the the Lemelson Center’s new hands-on invention education center.


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Learn more » Visit the Spark!Lab Web site!

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Podcast: Go behind-the-scenes at the Lemelson Center with director Art Molella (21:35)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the study of invention and innovation.


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Learn more » Want to learn more about techno-cities? Read Invented Edens, by Art Molella and Robert Kargon.

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Podcast: Woody Norris invented sound that you aim like a laser beam (24:08)

Inventor Woody Norris reflects on his famous career.


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Podcast: Gwen Ottinger studies technology's role in environmental justice (18:37)

Hi-tech and low-tech give power to the people.


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Podcast: Steven Gdula speaks about an invention "hot spot"--your kitchen! (20:44)

Invention in the warmest room in the house--the kitchen!


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Podcast: Art Fry's invention has a way of sticking around (29:36)

It's the invention everyone thinks they could have done, but here's the guy who did.


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Podcast: A puzzling look at invention with Peter Winkler (12:33)

There's more to puzzles than jigsaws and Erno Rubik.


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Podcast: Jessica Darraby on the invention of art, or vice versa (16:31)

How inventors and technology helped create the world's greatest art movements


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Podcast: Anthony Levandowski competes by inventing (18:06)

Inventing for competitions is Anthony Levandowski's grand challenge


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Podcast: Lee Lynd invents for the defining challenge of our time (15:41)

Inventors and innovators are energized by finding new ways to power our world in the future.


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Podcast: Lalith Seneviratne helps communities harness sustainable power (19:36)

In a showcase example of social entrepreneurship, innovator Lalith Seneviratne devised a means to bring sustainable electricity to rural Sri Lanka.


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Podcast: Michael Callahan ties invention to social entrepreneurship (20:10)

His most recent invention is a mind-controlled wheelchair to help the disabled move. Now Michael Callahan has joined a movement for positive social change.


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Podcast: Saul Griffith and the runaway train of invention (18:55)

Saul Griffith, an independent inventor and 2007 MacArthur Fellow, mixes working on inventions ranging from alternative energy sources to low-cost eyeglasses with inspiring young engineers and a bit of kite-surfing.


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Podcast: Paul MacCready's inventions do more with less (18:38)

Paul MacCready, a pioneer in human and solar powered transportation, talks about inventive creativity and foresees the importance of socially responsible inventing. MacCready passed away on 28 August 2007.


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Learn more » Read "Unleashing Creativity" by Paul MacCready

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Podcast: Ralph Baer brings video games to your home (20:53)

In the late-1960s, Ralph Baer designed some of the first home video games, pioneering systems that enabled video games to be played on your television.


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Learn more » Watch Ralph Baer and his colleague Bill Harrison play ping pong on their first video game box!

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Podcast: Robert Jarvik's inventions keep on pumping (14:23)

In this interview, Robert Jarvik donates his work to the Smithsonian and we examine an early artificial heart that preceded Jarvik's inventions.


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Podcast: The killer app that killed the typewriter (20:29)

We reminisce about 1980s computer technology and how the innovation of word processing tipped PCs to the mainstream.


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Learn more » Article in Smithsonian Magazine

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Podcast: Brad Brewer animates the inanimate (23:11)

Brad Brewer of The Brewery Troupe, an African-American puppet company, brings an inventor's history to life with puppets.


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Podcast: Deanne Bell believes engineering is for girls (13:51)

Deanne Bell, engineer and co-host of PBS's "Design Squad," talks about inspiring inventive creativity in young people, especially girls.


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Podcast: Nate Ball, inventor and co-host of "Design Squad" (18:30)

Nate Ball, winner of the 2007 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for invention and co-host of PBS's "Design Squad," talks about inspiring inventive creativity in young people.


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Podcast: Norma Miller swings at the Savoy (34:09)

Norma Miller talks firsthand about the beginnings of the Lindy-hop, an innovative swing dance that originated in Harlem's Savoy Ballroom.


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Podcast: Sharon Rogone invents for preemies (part 2) (19:17)

Sharon Rogone, a neonatal nurse-turned-inventor, talks about her inventions and how they help preemies.


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Learn more » "A Neonatal Niche," Smithsonian Magazine, February 2008

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Podcast: Sharon Rogone invents for preemies (part 1) (20:24)

Sharon Rogone, a neonatal nurse-turned-inventor, talks about her first invention and why she started to invent.


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Learn more » "A Neonatal Niche," Smithsonian Magazine, February 2008

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Podcast: Jules Olitski colors the canvas (31:47)

Abstract artist Jules Olitski discusses his work and inventive use of color. Olitski passed away on 4 February 2007. He was 84 years old.


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Learn more » The Colors of Invention: An Exploration of Color, Technology, and Culture

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Podcast: Walter Isaacson at the National Archives (part 2) (30:38)

Author Walter Isaacson and Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, continue their discussion of Benjamin Franklin and the interplay between technology and democracy.


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Podcast: Walter Isaacson at the National Archives (part 1) (44:24)

Author Walter Isaacson and Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, discuss Benjamin Franklin and the interplay between technology and democracy.


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Podcast: Stan Winston makes robots smart (part 2) (37:17)

Stan Winston, a groundbreaking special effects artist, talks about his project with the MIT Media Lab to create robots with artificial intelligence.


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Podcast: Stan Winston makes movie magic (part 1) (36:45)

Stan Winston, a groundbreaking special effects artist, talks about his work on some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters.


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Podcast: Ann Moore keeps babies "Snugli" (17:14)

Ann Moore talks about inventing the "Snugli" baby carrier, inspired by the traditional West African practice of carrying babies in fabric slings on their mothers' backs.


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Learn more » Protecting Precious Cargo: Ann Moore

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Podcast: Walter Isaacson explores Benjamin Franklin's legacy (12:12)

Author Walter Isaacson discusses Benjamin Franklin's contribution to the interplay of technology and democracy in American society.


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Podcast: Chuck Hoberman inspires the next generation (part 2) (16:48)

Middle school students interview Chuck Hoberman about his innovative unfolding structures.


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Learn more » Unfolding Architecture: Chuck Hoberman

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Podcast: Chuck Hoberman's unfolding world (part 1) (13:24)

Chuck Hoberman, artist and engineer, discusses his innovative unfolding structures.


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Learn more » Unfolding Architecture: Chuck Hoberman

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Podcast: Tom Newby makes the Muppets move (18:26)

Tom Newby explains how he brought Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and countless other Muppets to life with his innovations in animatronics.


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Podcast: Robert Jarvik mends broken hearts (25:31)

Artificial heart pioneer Robert Jarvik talks about his career helping those with failing hearts.


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Podcast: James McLurkin explores robot communities (16:56)

In an early Lemelson Center program, a young MIT researcher, James McLurkin, explains how his robots work like a group of ants.


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Learn more » James McLurkin, Robotic Ants Inventor

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Podcast: Ashok Gadgil's thirst to save lives (part 1) (15:43)

Ashok Gadgil's invention can save thousands of lives by purifying water quickly and cheaply.


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Learn more » UV Waterworks: Ashok Gadgil

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Podcast: Ashok Gadgil inspires future inventors (part 2) (19:33)

Ashok Gadgil talks about his work to improve health in the developing world.


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Learn more » UV Waterworks: Ashok Gadgil

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Podcast: Jon Hendricks creates a new jazz style (21:21)

Count Basie with vocals instead of horns? That's Jon Hendricks's innovation in jazz and it earned him the nickname, the "Father of Vocalese."


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Podcast: David Baker talks about the sound of color (25:23)

Go beyond the blues and listen to the colors of invention, with David Baker, music director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.


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Learn more » The Colors of Invention

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Podcast: Gertrude Elion opens doors (part 1) (17:32)

Nobel Prize winner Getrude Elion opened doors for women in the field of medical research.


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Learn more » Gertrude Elion: Drug Research Pioneer

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Podcast: Gertrude Elion inspires others (part 2) (16:03)

Nobel Prize winner Getrude Elion inspired others to follow in her footsteps.


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Learn more » Gertrude Elion: Drug Research Pioneer

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Podcast: Wilson Greatbatch makes hearts beat (21:55)

Wilson Greatbatch speaks from the heart about inventing the implantable cardiac pacemaker.


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Learn more » Making Hearts Beat

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Video: Arthur Ganson animated (1:15)

Artist and inventor Arthur Ganson offers a glimpse into the ways he makes things move.


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Learn more » Arthur Ganson: Metaphysics in Motion

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Video: Arthur Ganson goes faster (1:11)

Artist and inventor Arthur Ganson puts a new spin on writing.


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Learn more » Arthur Ganson: Metaphysics in Motion

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Video: What do soccer & chemistry have in common? (0:20)

Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto demonstrates similarities in the structure of chemical compounds and soccer balls.


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Learn more » The Story of Buckyballs

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Video: What is buckminsterfullerene? (1:00)

Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto explains why he named the carbon cluster that he discovered “buckminsterfullerene.”


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Learn more » The Story of Buckyballs

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Video: Meet William Phillips (4:45)

Meet Nobel Laureate William Phillips and learn about his childhood, his work--and a physicist’s sense of humor.


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Learn more » Super Cool Scientist

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Video: Uplifting physics (1:05)

Nobel laureate William Phillips levitates a magnet to explain how atoms form bonds.


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Learn more » Super Cool Scientist

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Video: How do you describe play? (4:48)

Does play serve a purpose or is the point of play to have no purpose?


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Learn more » Does play matter?

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Video: All work and no play? (4:42)

Is it important for adults to make time to play? How do work, play, creativity and productivity relate to each other? When is the last time you played?


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Learn more » Does play matter?

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Video: From child scientist to playful inventor (4:42)

What does children’s play have to do with the work of serious scientists?


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Learn more » Does play matter?

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Video: Play to the future (4:45)

Is the quality and quantity of children’s play changing? How do new electronic and digital technologies affect children at play? How can new technologies provide rich motor and sensory experiences? If play is changing, how will that affect invention?


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Learn more » Does play matter?

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Video: Edison's tinfoil phonograph (0:42)

See a reenactment of Edison's first recording of sound, from the Lemelson Center's celebration of Edison's 150th birthday.


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