Episode Guide

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Ep 183 | Wright Brothers Patents

Our curator of transportation talks about the Wright brothers' battle to protect their airplane patents with host Mo Rocca, who also shows us a soft serve ice cream maker for your countertop, an app that translates your dog’s barks, and special drones helping hunt down invasive pythons in the Florida Everglades.
Original Air Date: October 2, 2021
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Ep 184 | Apples

Our curator of agriculture demonstrates the old-fashioned way to make apple cider for host Mo Rocca, who also shows us a high-tech bird feeder that lets you shoot pictures and video of your feathered friends, a bottle cap that purifies water with light, and see-through urban beehives that let you watch how the honey is made.
Original Air Date: October 9, 2021
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Ep 185 | Convertibles

Our curator of transportation discusses when the convertible became the coolest car on the road with host Mo Rocca, who also shows us GPS trackers disguised as sea turtle eggs to help catch poachers, a new way of timing a timer, and the self-cleaning door handle.
Original Air Date: October 16, 2021
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Ep 157 | Barnstorming

Host Mo Rocca shows us synchronized drones taking the place of fireworks; the robotic lawn mower that cuts your grass on its own; two fathers who invented a car seat that fits in a small pouch; and, when the circus took to the sky with barnstorming flyers.
Original Air Date: January 2, 2021
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Ep 158 | Women Inventors

Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovation of beautiful homes made of earth; opening your front door with a touch; highway guard rails that roll away crashes; and, historic women inventors.
Original Air Date: January 9, 2021
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Ep 159 | Menlo Park, December 1880

Host Mo Rocca shows us weather stations in your back yard; the oven that keeps food cold until cook time; keeping your carpets clean without taking off your shoes; and, how Edison convinced New York politicians that his way was the future.
Original Air Date: January 16, 2021
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Ep 160 | 1931 Bugatti Royale

Host Mo Rocca shows us tiny satellites that you can control; the highest tech in vending machines; TV training your dog while you’re not home; and, the story of one of the most luxurious cars ever built.
Original Air Date: January 23, 2021
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Ep 161 | Voting Technology

Host Mo Rocca shows us the smart thermometers predicting disease hot spots; the sliding patio dog door; replacing tissues with a cloth handkerchief dispenser; and, the evolution of voting technology.
Original Air Date: January 30, 2021
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Ep 162 | Nikola Tesla

Host Mo Rocca shows us tiny alarm pods to protect your valuables; the bathroom scale that checks your balance; canceling the noise outside; and, the genius of Nikola Tesla.
Original Air Date: February 6, 2021
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Ep 163 | Beekeeping

Host Mo Rocca shows us the motorized surfboard fin; a super absorbent sponge to keep construction going after rainstorms; glasses that monitor your health; and, the history of beehives and harvesting honey.
Original Air Date: February 13, 2021
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Ep 164 | Telephones

Host Mo Rocca shows us the body airbag for motorcycle safety; the sleep/wake system that uses colored light to help you rest; the handheld mini printer that prints with a swipe; and, the history of the telephone.
Original Air Date: February 20, 2021
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Ep 165 | Wool Carding

Host Mo Rocca shows us a swimming and walking robot; a device to drain the pain of clogged sinuses; the smartest cutting board for your kitchen; and, machines that prepared wool fibers to become yarn.
Original Air Date: February 27, 2021
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Ep 166 | Creative Circuits

Host Mo Rocca shows us: the device to quickly teach you how to play the guitar; a drone-less way to take aerial photos; the backpack that displays messages; and, how early tech hacks led to new innovations.
Original Air Date: April 10, 2021
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Ep 167 | Encyclopedias

Host Mo Rocca shows us: a motorized bodyboard for watersports; saving your leftovers with reusable pinch top bags; matching paint color with a high-tech sensor; and, the history of encyclopedias.
Original Air Date: April 17, 2021
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Ep 168 | Best of - Beekeeping

Host Mo Rocca shows us: synchronized drones with lights taking the place of fireworks; tiny alarm pods to protect your valuables; TV training your dog while you’re not home; and, the history of beehives and harvesting honey.
Original Air Date: April 24, 2021
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Ep 169 | Cookbooks

Host Mo Rocca shows us: how artificial intelligence is taking over drone racing; purses and totes made from old highway billboards; a look back at our past innovators; and, how cookbooks changed the culinary world.
Original Air Date: May 1, 2021
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Ep 170 | Air Traffic Management

Host Mo Rocca shows us: robot realtors touring homes for sale; the vibrating wristband that helps the hearing impaired; 3D printed corneas; and, the beginnings of air traffic control.
Original Air Date: May 8, 2021
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Ep 171 | Currier Shoe Shop

Host Mo Rocca shows us: a wearable walkie talkie; an over-the-top door camera to help secure homes and apartments; a device to clean and recycle used water in the home; and, the Currier Shoe Shop story.
Original Air Date: May 15, 2021
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Ep 173 | Weathervanes

Host Mo Rocca shows us: a check-in with the inventor of the Ring Video Doorbell; 3D printers that swarm; the telescope to view stars on your phone; and, early forecasting with weathervanes.
Original Air Date: May 29, 2021
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Ep 174 | Best of – Nikola Tesla

Host Mo Rocca shows us the device to quickly teach you how to play guitar; the robotic lawn mower that cuts your grass on its own; replacing tissue with a cloth handkerchief dispenser; and, the genius of Nikola Tesla.
Original Air Date: July 3, 2021
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Ep 175 | Greenfield Village

Host Mo Rocca shows us the ultimate electric motorcycle; the inventor who created phone calls over the internet; turning cacti into leather; and, the planning it takes to create a village.
Original Air Date: July 10, 2021
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Ep 176 | Standardized Time

Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovative company creating nutritious burgers from ocean kelp; the baby sock that monitors a child’s health; technology to help those with dyslexia; and, when time became standardized.
Original Air Date: July 17, 2021
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Ep 177 | Managing Mass Production

Host Mo Rocca shows us the woman who led the team to show us the first picture of a black hole in outer space; the latest in old and new tech for your kitchen; a wearable device to help you keep focus; and, managing early mass production.
Original Air Date: July 24, 2021
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Ep 180 | Accidental Inventions

Host Mo Rocca shows us the baseball bat with an axe handle grip; roof panels that pull water from the air; roads made of plastic; and, the history of accidental inventions.
Original Air Date: August 14, 2021
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Ep 181 | Lawns

Host Mo Rocca shows us liquid-filled eyeglasses that adjust to your sight; the diabetes monitor that changed lives; advice from our past inventors and innovators; and, the history of lawns.
Original Air Date: August 21, 2021
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Ep 182 | Menlo Park, December 1880

Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovation of beautiful homes made of earth; a swimming and walking robot; the telescope to view stars on your phone; and, how Edison convinced New York politicians that his way was the future.
Original Air Date: August 28, 2021
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Ep 131 | Sewing Machines

Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovator creating superstrong thread from spider DNA; the boxing robot dodging your jabs; the tiny drone that keeps soldiers safe; and, when the sewing machine replaced the needle and thread.
Original Air Date: 09/28/2019
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Ep 132 | Station Wagons

Host Mo Rocca shows us the bot baking you the freshest bread; the family building the air cleaner for the cleanest air; glasses to prevent motion sickness; and, going way, way back to the history of the station wagon.
Original Air Date: 10/05/2019
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Ep 133 | Tripp Sawmill

Host Mo Rocca shows us the crime-fighting tether tripping up bad guys; the woman who started the blow-drying empire; window blinds powering your place; and, when the big wood saw was replaced with the sawmill.
Original Air Date: 10/12/2019
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Ep 134 | Assistive Technology

Host Mo Rocca shows us the inventor of the Alinker Bike that’s changing the world for those with limited mobility; the school bus tracker cutting out waiting at bus stops; a shoe sole sensor keeping track of your feet; and, when tech began to aid accessibility.
Original Air Date: 10/19/2019
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Ep 135 | Art Glass

Host Mo Rocca shows us robots that grow as they slither along; the wall shelves just for cats; French igloos, housing their homeless; and, when glass became artistic.
Original Air Date: 10/26/2019
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Ep 136 | Inventor Tenacity

Host Mo Rocca shows us the emergency airplane slides for buildings and schools; parking sensors for your older car; the smartest ski boots on the slopes; and, the incredible tenacity it takes to be a successful inventor.
Original Air Date: 11/2/2019
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Ep 137 | 1865 Roper Steam Carriage

Host Mo Rocca shows us technology that lets firefighters see through smoke; replacing the needle with jet-injected medicine; an enzyme that can eat landfill plastic; and, the oldest surviving American automobile.
Original Air Date: November 9, 2019
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Ep 138 | J.R. Jones General Store

Host Mo Rocca shows us a women’s rain boot stylishly keeping shoes dry; the tomato sorter swatting away the green ones; the folding origami hot drink cup with no plastic lid; and, before superstores, there were general stores.
Original Air Date: November 16, 2019
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Ep 139 | Vacuum Cleaners

Host Mo Rocca shows us the device forcing scofflaws to pay parking tickets by covering their windshields; closing a wound with a zip, not a stitch; bike navigation showing riders the way; and, carpets took a beating until the vacuum cleaner was invented.
Original Air Date: November 23, 2019
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Ep 140 | Comic Books

Host Mo Rocca shows us solar power that follows the sun; the wristband lulling you to sleep; the device letting us know if our water is pure; and, the beginning of superhero comic books.
Original Air Date: January 18, 2020
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Ep 141 | Collections Connections

Mo Rocca shows us grown-up building blocks; the mechanical shoe for those who can’t bend over; the breathing pillow to snuggle you to sleep; and, keeping track of historic innovations.
Original Air Date: January 25, 2020
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Ep 142 | Best of - Tripp Sawmill

Mo Rocca shows us the bot baking you the freshest bread; the crime-fighting tether tripping up bad guys; the tiny drone keeping soldiers safe; and, when the big wood saw was replaced with the sawmill.
Original Air Date: February 1, 2020
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Ep 143 | Hybrid Technology

Host Mo Rocca shows us the robot helping keep hospitals running smoothly; the device that can detect if that spot on your arm is skin cancer; concrete that drinks up rainwater; and, how hybrid technology goes back a lot further in history than you might think.
Original Air Date: February 8, 2020
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Ep 144 | George Washington Carver

Mo Rocca shows us the electronic glasses that allow the blind to see; the sun tracking umbrella shielding you from harmful rays; updates on past innovators from previous seasons; and, a look at George Washington Carver, who changed the way farmers farmed.
Original Air Date: February 15, 2020
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Ep 145 | Mattox Family Home

Host Mo Rocca shows us the medical device giving shots with pressure instead of a needle; testing your eyes for glasses with an app on your phone; the airbag backpack saving people during avalanches; and, a glimpse at one family’s life during the 1930s.
Original Air Date: February 22, 2020
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Ep 146 | Eggs

Mo Rocca shows us microphones listening for deforestation; the bot that disinfects the sheets on your bed; the braille watch letting the blind tell time; and, how eggs became a common food throughout America.
Original Air Date: February 29, 2020
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Ep 147 | Mobile Music

Host Mo Rocca shows us the doorbell just for your dog; the toddler carrier that lets kids stand up for the ride; the app that counts your calories by taking a picture of your food; and, when music became mobile.
Original Air Date: March 7, 2020
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Ep 148 | Best of - Sewing Machines

Host Mo Rocca shows us the inventor of a bike that’s changing the world for those with limited mobility; the emergency airplane slides for buildings and schools; glasses to prevent motion sickness; and, when the sewing machine replaced the needle and thread.
Original Air Date: March 28, 2020
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Ep 149 | Tintype Photography

Host Mo Rocca shows us the tech perfecting downhill skiing skills without snow; the engineering transforming theater seats; starting a fire with the pull of a string; and, how pictures were taken before film.
Original Air Date: April 4, 2020
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Ep 150 | Luther Burbank

Host Mo Rocca shows us the greening of mouth care with plastic-free tablet toothpaste; the smartphone harness preventing the drop; the cane for the blind that gives directions; and, the potato that started trillions of french fries.
Original Air Date: April 11, 2020
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Ep 151 | Refrigerator Cars

Host Mo Rocca shows us the kitchen garden growing dinner; the robot keeping property safe; the screen filter that protects your eyes from dangerous blue light; and, how refrigerated railroad cars brought food to the masses.
Original Air Date: April 18, 2020
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Ep 152 | Best of - Comic Books

Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovator creating superstrong thread from spider DNA; technology that lets firefighters see through smoke; the breathing pillow to snuggle you to sleep; and, the beginning of superhero comic books.
Original Air Date: April 25, 2020
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Ep 153 | Tools

Host Mo Rocca shows us the rise of shared electric scooters; the modular backyard ice rink; portable solar power to aid in disasters; and, how precision tools accelerated innovation.
Original Air Date: October 3, 2020
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Ep 154 | Hay

Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovator replacing plastic straws with seaweed; the car alarm that texts you; the robot that writes on walls; and, how hay helps farmers keep livestock healthy.
Original Air Date: October 10, 2020
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Ep 155 | Salt Kiln

Host Mo Rocca shows us the robot teaching children different languages; technology to prevent bed wetting among children; how salt helped beautify pottery; and advice from our past innovators.
Original Air Date: October 17, 2020
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Ep 156 | Best of - Station Wagons

Host Mo Rocca shows us the woman who started the blow-drying empire; the school bus tracker cutting out waiting at the bus stop; concrete that drinks up rainwater; and, going way, way back to the history of the station wagon.
Original Air Date: October 24, 2020
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Ep 108 | Geometric Pies featuring ham radio

Host Mo Rocca shows us saving homes from floods with an inner tube-like system; the baker using math to create her artistic pies; the French app maker keeping travelers safe by warning of high crime areas to avoid; and, the history of ham radios keeping the world connected.
Original Air Date: 10/20/2018
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Ep 110 | Africa Blood Drone featuring typewriters

Host Mo Rocca shows us the startup using drones to deliver lifesaving blood to hard-to-reach villages in Africa; the bed fan that’s a hot leg fan; 3D-printed bicycle tires that never go flat; and, how the typewriter changed the history of communication.
Original Air Date: 11/03/2018
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Ep 112 | Hydrofoil Surfboard featuring railroad cabooses

Host Mo Rocca shows us the creator of the Jetfoiler Surfboard that rides high above the waves; the device pointing the way to friends lost in crowds or wilderness; the weeding robot keeping gardens growing their best; and, the importance of the train caboose, bringing up the rear.
Original Air Date: 11/17/18
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Ep 116 | Fog Security featuring Ham Radio

Host Mo Rocca shows us the fog security system that deters burglars; the jet hoverboard that flies over 100 mph as high as 9,000 feet; the new discovery to grow crops in deserts; and, the history of ham radios keeping the world connected.
Original Air Date: 2/2/19
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Ep 126 | Food Allergy Sensor featuring cabooses

Host Mo Rocca shows us the baker using math to create her artistic pies; the creator of the Jetfoiler Surfboard that rides high above the waves; the handheld device saving lives by detecting peanuts and gluten in foods; and, the importance of the train caboose, bringing up the rear.
Original Air Date: 04/27/19
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Ep 127 | Folding Bike Helmet featuring plastics

Host Mo Rocca shows us how tragedy inspired a brother to create a new kind of bike helmet; the countertop dishwasher that runs on a gallon of water; the dad and son team who created a computerized power drill; and, the history of plastic and how it changed the world.
Original Air Date: 05/04/19
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Ep 128 | Compact Cars featuring compact cars

Host Mo Rocca shows us the firefighting device that blasts water through walls; the inventors of the car diagnostic module that tells you what needs to be repaired; the inventor of the smart baby bottle that keeps track of an infant’s feeding; and, when cars went from big to compact.
Original Air Date: 5/11/2019
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Ep 82 | Gloving featuring roads

Host Mo Rocca shows us the new art form of lighting your fingertips; inventing the alien rock grabber; earbuds that translate languages in real time; and, the history of roads connecting the country.
Original Air Date: 10/21/17
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Ep 88 | Telehealth featuring pony cars

Host Mo Rocca shows us the cargo carrier that follows you; the device that allows doctors to examine you from the other side of the world; a new spin on the old-world butter churn; and, when the car industry moved to muscle cars.
Original Air Date: 1/20/18
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Ep 93 | Solar Grill featuring the Tucker 48

Host Mo Rocca shows us the fireless grill that cooks using heat from the sun; the sponge that can sop up ocean oil spills; the scuba diving tank you can pump up by hand; and, the innovator whose “car of tomorrow” failed to catch on.
Original Air Date: 2/24/18
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Ep 100 | 100th Episode featuring the Rosa Parks bus

Host Mo Rocca shows us the best of our first 100 shows, including the wolves of Yellowstone; the teen who created an app to help those being bullied in school; the Jetman who flies with wings on his back; and, the story of Rosa Parks and restoring the bus where she made history.
Original Air Date: 04/28/2018
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Ep 62 | Ron Popeil featuring air mail

Host Mo Rocca shows us the TV pitch man and inventor behind dozens of inventions including the Pocket Fisherman; the listening device that can find people buried after an earthquake; measuring your rooms and creating a floorplan of your house with a cellphone; and how air mail changed how we communicated.
Original Air Date: 01/21/2017
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Ep 74 | Air Mail featuring air mail

Host Mo Rocca shows us the movie magic behind animal actors; the computerized farmer for your garden; how collecting water in Africa is less of a pain in the neck; and how air mail changed how we communicated.
Original Air Date: 04/29/2017
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Ep 34 | Baby Tech featuring the Owl Night Lunch Wagon

Host Mo Rocca shows us the highest tech to keep tabs on your toddler; rebuilding the billfold that’s been breaking your backside; the history behind the lunch wagon and mobile food; and the playful polymers making you jump higher while keeping babies’ bottoms drier.
Original Air Date: 11/21/2015
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Ep 48 | Vine King featuring the Vagabonds

Host Mo Rocca shows us the inventor who is soaring to new heights with a jet on his back; Vine’s ‘Six Second Spielberg,’ Zach King; how history’s greatest innovators go camping; and the chemistry making the world more colorful.
Original Air Date: 04/30/2016
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Ep 6 | Aging Software featuring the Dymaxion House

Host Mo Rocca shows software that can accurately age any facial picture to up to 80 years old; a futuristic portable home of the past; emergency tech — how to stay in touch when the power goes out; how actress Hedy Lamarr changed our wireless world.
Original Air Date: 11/01/2014
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Ep 12 | Three Under 20 featuring Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory

Host Mo Rocca shows us incredible innovators under 20 years old; 9-year-old Algae Girl, who is pioneering oil-producing algae by growing it under her bed; how Thomas Edison’s inventions still make us all look like slackers; 16-year-old Hollow Flashlight Girl, who invented a battery-free flashlight; and the 20-year-old from the Netherlands who is skimming the plastics from our oceans.
Original Air Date: 01/31/2015
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Ep 17 | Pocket Printer featuring Thomas Edison's patent models

Host Mo Rocca shows us the hardware store robot; the incredible patent models from Thomas Edison that show us the beginning of our electronic world; how the USG Corp. is leading the way with grooming the next generation of engineers and mathematicians; the Israeli inventors of a printer that fits in your pocket.
Original Air Date: 04/11/2015
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Ep 19 | Inventor of Email featuring historic steam engines

Host Mo Rocca shows us the inventor of a fireproof gel that is helping firefighters save lives; the historic steam engines that are the grandfathers of electricity; a camera that automatically follows you so you’re always in frame; and the man who, at 14 years old, invented the email system we use today.
Original Air Date: 04/25/2015