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Engines of Our Ingenuity

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The story of technological progress is one of drama and intrigue, sudden insight and plain hard work. Let’s explore technology’s spectacular failures and many magnificent success stories.

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The story of technological progress is one of drama and intrigue, sudden insight and plain hard work. Let’s explore technology’s spectacular failures and many magnificent success stories.

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Couldn’t Ask for a Better History of Science and Engineering Podcast

By Michael D. McAuley - Jun 26 2018
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Have been listening for years, and John Lienhard is still going strong!

A magic and necessary part of every day

By Art in Austin - Apr 27 2018
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From the heart, to the heart.

iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
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95
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Couldn’t Ask for a Better History of Science and Engineering Podcast

By Michael D. McAuley - Jun 26 2018
Read more
Have been listening for years, and John Lienhard is still going strong!

A magic and necessary part of every day

By Art in Austin - Apr 27 2018
Read more
From the heart, to the heart.
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Engines of Our Ingenuity

Latest release on Jan 23, 2020

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The story of technological progress is one of drama and intrigue, sudden insight and plain hard work. Let’s explore technology’s spectacular failures and many magnificent success stories.

Rank #1: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1762: Camp Cooking

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Episode: 1762 Camp Cooking and the Savage Boy Inventor.  Today, camp cooking and modern times.

Oct 13 2019

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Rank #2: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3009: Foley

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Episode: 3009 Foley: Sound Thinking.  Today, sound thinking.

Jan 09 2020

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Rank #3: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3220: Leaderless

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Episode: 3220 Self-organization as a replacement for leadership.  Today, we function without a leader.

Jan 10 2020

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Rank #4: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2628: The Edge of Space

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Episode: 2628 When traveling into space, how do you know you're there?  Today, astronaut Michael Barratt asks, where exactly is the border of space?

Dec 04 2019

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Rank #5: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1799: Miriam F. Leslie

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Episode: 1799 Miriam Leslie: like Gloria Steinem, Clare Boothe Luce, and Elizabeth Taylor all rolled into one.  Today, Miriam F. Leslie.

Dec 23 2019

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Rank #6: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2514: Linear Algebra and Netflix

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Episode: 2514 How Netflix uses linear algebra to determine what movies you will like best.  Today, UH math professor Krešo Josić talks about math and your movie choice.

Dec 25 2019

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Rank #7: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1761: John Baskerville

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Episode: 1761 John Baskerville, fine type, and the hound of heaven.  Today, the hound and the Baskerville.

Oct 14 2019

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Rank #8: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3218: Dylan’s Education

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Episode: 3218 Bob Dylan's Self-Education.  Today, Dylan goes to school.

Dec 24 2019

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Rank #9: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3221: Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection

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Episode: 3221 The Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection and its contributions to medicine.  Today, a bone collection.

Jan 14 2020

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Rank #10: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2983: In Defense of Quadratic Equations

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Episode: 2983 Parliament Speaks in Defense of Quadratic Equations.  Today, the British Parliament speaks out.

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #11: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2364: The Longest Year in History

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Episode: 2364 46 BC: In which Julius Caesar creates the longest year.  Today, UH scholar Richard Armstrong tells us about the longest year in history.

Jan 08 2020

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Rank #12: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2976: Embracing Puzzles

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Episode: 2976 Puzzles, Intellectual Exercise, and Everyday Problem Solving.  Today, we put puzzles to use.

Oct 09 2019

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Rank #13: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1794: Autogiro

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Episode: 1794 From Autogiro to Gyroplane: Making the Unicorn Real.  Today, a forgotten chapter in the history of flight.

Dec 08 2019

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Rank #14: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1791: The Thames Tunnel

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Episode: 1791 The Thames Tunnel: Heroic engineering and its promotion.  Today, the Thames Tunnel.

Dec 02 2019

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Rank #15: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2986: The Rise of Decimal Currency

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Episode: 2986 Simon Stevin and The Rise of Decimal Currency.  Today, we get the point.

Oct 31 2019

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Rank #16: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3214: Pumpkin Viruses

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Episode: 3214 Pumpkins and the discovery of viruses.  Today, viruses make warts and horns.

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #17: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3216: Internment Camp Art Schools

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Episode: 3216 World War II, the Los Angeles Art Students League, and Japanese American internment.  Today, art and survival.

Dec 17 2019

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Rank #18: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1764: Temperature

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Episode: 1764 In which we wonder just what our thermometer measures.  Today, we ask what temperature is.

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #19: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2980: The Saint Petersburg Paradox

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Episode: 2980 The Saint Petersburg Paradox.  Today, a paradox for the generations.

Oct 15 2019

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3013: Alfred Kahn and Deregulation

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Episode: 3013 Alfred Kahn and Deregulation.  Today, the wrath of Kahn.

Jan 23 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2638: Artificial Gravity

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Episode: 2638 Artificial Gravity for Human Spaceflight; What is Gained, What is Lost.  Today, astronaut Michael Barratt discusses the pros and cons of artificial gravity.

Jan 22 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3012: Newton, God, and Gravity

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Episode: 3012 Newton, God, and Gravity.  Today, we get pulled in.

Jan 21 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3222: The “Color” Black

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Episode: 3222 Black, the colorless and highly desirable color.  Today, black is the "color."

Jan 20 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1811: Catacombs

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Episode: 1811 Catacombs - as seen through nineteenth-century eyes.  Today, catacombs.

Jan 19 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1809: Fonthill

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Episode: 1809 Fonthill Mansion/Castle: architecture or a passing dream?  Today, very personal architecture.

Jan 17 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3010: Efficient Auto Racing

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Episode: 3010 Efficient Auto Racing.  Today, pushing the limits.

Jan 16 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2806: Thor and Engineering

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Episode: 2806 Thor, the god of thunder, engineering behind comic book, college courses that deal with fracture.  Today, our guest Haleh Ardebili talks about Thor and Engineering.

Jan 15 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3221: Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection

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Episode: 3221 The Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection and its contributions to medicine.  Today, a bone collection.

Jan 14 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1807: Rocketry: The Last Blast

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Episode: 1807 The last blast of the wild rocket boy.  Today, a parable about childhood's end.

Jan 13 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1808: First Time Up!

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Episode: 1808 First Time Up!: In which Ford celebrates his new Trimotor and we fly for the first time.  Today, our first airplane ride.

Jan 12 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3220: Leaderless

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Episode: 3220 Self-organization as a replacement for leadership.  Today, we function without a leader.

Jan 10 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3009: Foley

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Episode: 3009 Foley: Sound Thinking.  Today, sound thinking.

Jan 09 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2364: The Longest Year in History

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Episode: 2364 46 BC: In which Julius Caesar creates the longest year.  Today, UH scholar Richard Armstrong tells us about the longest year in history.

Jan 08 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2566: Champagne

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Episode: 2566 Taking Champagne to the Masses.  Today, we pop the cork.

Jan 07 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1805: The Milk of Human Kindness

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Episode: 1805 The milk of human kindness in cities around the world.  Today, the milk of human kindness.

Jan 06 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1804: New York Harbor – 1852

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Episode: 1804 Timewarp in an 1852 painting of New York Harbor.  Today, an artist catches history in flight.

Jan 05 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1802: Freelan and Francis Stanley

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Episode: 1802 Freelan and Francis Stanley, and their steamer.  Today, the Stanleys and their Steamer.

Jan 03 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3219: Gravitational Transport

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Episode: 3219 Gravity-Powered Intracity Transport.  Today, a wild ride.

Jan 02 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2669: Christmas Greenery

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Episode: 2669 Plants and greens associated with the Christmas Season.  Today, Christmas greenery.

Jan 01 2020

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iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
Average Ratings
95
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Couldn’t Ask for a Better History of Science and Engineering Podcast

By Michael D. McAuley - Jun 26 2018
Read more
Have been listening for years, and John Lienhard is still going strong!

A magic and necessary part of every day

By Art in Austin - Apr 27 2018
Read more
From the heart, to the heart.