The man behind the dictionary

Noah Webster may be the most important founding father you’ve never heard about. Historian Joshua Kendall talks about how Webster helped write the Constitution, invented American English, and was so crotchety we’ve basically forgotten about him.

Newspaper Journalism

Pepsi, GM, and Google are looking to hire journalists, and Contently co-founder Shane Snow is helping them do just that. He discusses the future of freelancing for journalists, and how big companies fit into the picture. Read More...

Jokes from the good old days

There’s a reason why you spent twelve hours mainlining every episode of House of Cards -- your brain can’t tell the difference between fiction and reality. Cognitive scientist Jim Davies explains the science behind why we laugh, why we cry, and why we binge watch. Read More...

Wonder Woman

For Women's History Month, Innovation Hub takes a look at innovative women past and present, and the work that still needs to be done. Read More...

wooden figures

 
Here are three things to know about this week's show:

1. Personal robots are going to sell you drugs in your living room. James Percelay, Thinkmodo co-founder, and professor Edward Boches explain how a new generation of Mad Men will tap into your desires.

2. Your town's school probably isn't named after Bill Gates or Sam Walton, but maybe it should be. Wealthy donors are making more and more of an impact in education, explains Elizabeth Green, Chalkbeat's editor-in-chief.

3. Cat comics. John Updike short stories. Literary reviews. The New Yorker’s celebrating 90 years and yeast gave rise to it all.

Advertisements in Times Square, NYC

The days of passive consumers are long gone. If advertisers want to engage today’s audiences, they need to create shareable experiences, say Thinkmodo co-founder James Percelay and advertising professor Edward Boches. Read More...

Box for Human Resources

Your HR department may be in for a massive change. But instead of destroying HR, automation could actually save it, says Steve Miranda, Managing Director of Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. Read More...

Melinda Gates watches a student

Private foundations are now pouring billions into public education. But Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, says that this may not fix the system. Read More...

New Yorker wallpaper

The Great Depression, World War II, 9/11 — the New Yorker has published through all of it. David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, looks at what the future holds — and why print’s not dead. Read more...

Nerds and Star Wars

We're embracing our inner nerd here at Innovation Hub, and we want you to geek out with us. Read More...

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