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American Innovations


DNA. Artificial intelligence. Smartphones and 3D printers. Science and technology have transformed the world we live in. But how did we get here? It wasn’t by accident. Well, sometimes it was. It was also the result of hard work, teamwork, and competition. And incredibly surprising moments.

Hosted by bestselling author Steven Johnson (“How We Got To Now”), American Innovations uses immersive scenes to tell the stories of the scientists, engineers, and ordinary people behind the greatest discoveries of the past century. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, American History Tellers, and Dirty John.


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About the host

The bestselling author of eleven books, Steven Johnson is an expert on the history of ideas and inventions. The Wall Street Journal called him “one of the most persuasive advocates for the role of collaboration in innovation.” His books include Where Good Ideas Come From, The Ghost Map, and Wonderland. He is also the host and co-creator of the Emmy-winning PBS series, How We Got To Now. His new book, Farsighted: How We Make The Decisions That Matter The Most, will be published in September. An innovator himself, Steven also co-created one of the first online magazines, FEED, and the hyperlocal media site, outside.in, which sold to AOL in 2010.

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