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Engines of Our Ingenuity

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. This content is in service of Houston Public Media’s education mission and is sponsored by the University of Houston. It is not a product of our news team.

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2227: A Late Night Movie

Episode: 2227 A Late Night Movie: Beatrice Lillie and a glimpse of another time.  Today, let us go to a very old movie.

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22 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2232: History and Mystery

Episode: 2232 The real story behind Amelia Earhart, and other tales to good to be true.  Today, I'm in trouble.

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21 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2226: Old Scientific Illustrations

Episode: 2226 Aesop's Fables and scientific illustration.  Today, Aesop's fables illustrate a new science.

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20 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2784: Green Golf Courses

Episode: 2784 Environmentally Sustainable Golf Courses.  Today, where the grass is always greener.

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19 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3072: William Gosset

Episode: 3072 The brewer, chemist and statistician William Sealy Gosset.  Today, a master brewer and a statistician.

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18 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2225: Jean-Charles Borda

Episode: 2225 Jean-Charles Borda: More than just a name on an orifice meter.  Today, let's meet Jean-Charles Borda.

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16 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2223: Charlie Taylor

Episode: 2223 Charlie Taylor, builder of the Wright brothers' engines.  Today, the Wright brother's engine.

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13 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2762: Aunt Sammy

Episode: 2762 Aunt Sammy's Radio Recipes.  Today, Uncle Sam's better half.

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12 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3078: Restoring the Parthenon

Episode: 3078 Restoring the Parthenon: The Acropolis Restoration Service and 40+ Years of Hard Work.  Today, how to rebuild a ruin.

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11 May 2022

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2222: Jeremiah Horrocks

Episode: 2222 Jeremiah Horrocks, the 23-year-old "Father of English Astronomy."  Today, a planetary prodigy.

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10 May 2022

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