Podcast: Historian David Rhees tours the "Medical Alley" hot spot
David Rhees begins the “Medical Alley” hot spot story in 1949, when Earl Bakken co-founded Medtronic as a repair shop for medical electronics, before the company became a world-leading medical device manufacturer. In 1957, with Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Minnesota, Bakken developed the first wearable, external, battery-powered, transistorized pacemaker. Rhees describes Minnesota’s evolving health care industry and culture of innovation.

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A production of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center. Hosted by Matt Ringelstetter. Written by Matt Ringelstetter and Amanda Murray. Art Molella, executive producer. Amanda Murray, podcast program manager. Joyce Bedi, webmaster. David Rhees was interviewed on April 6, 2010, by Matt Ringelstetter. Podcast released July 16, 2010. Music is “ickmansworth” by Vim from the Free Music Archive http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Vim