Making Trades

Three things you should learn:

1. Abraham Lincoln should get credit for the transcontinental railroad. Former Treasury Secretary and Harvard professor Larry Summers makes the case for why government needs to support innovation today. Plus, he looks back ten years to the firestorm surrounding his comments about women in science. 

2. If the cloud were a country, it would consume more energy than Japan. Author Andrew Winston tells us why an eco-friendly revolution might not come from Silicon Valley. 

3. One of the most revolutionary inventions in the history of the world was... the camel. William Bernstein talks about the surprising evolution of trade, and how it’s changed everything from math to guns.

Signed, sealed, and delivered

Ordering those six pairs of Game of Thrones-themed socks from Amazon and having them sent straight to your door sure is convenient, but what does it mean for the world we live in? Engineering professor Anne Goodchild talks about the new delivery economy, and how it’s going to affect the environment. Read More...

Larry Summers

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers gives a candid conversation about why we aren’t funding science the way we need to, what’s wrong with our education system, and how his views on women in tech have changed since those controversial comments ten years ago. Read More...

Corporations help to save the earth

The World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, the EPA… Pepsi. Writer Andrew Winston gives us a glimpse of the the future of corporate-driven environmentalism. Read More...

Camels shaped the trade industry

From the invention of the wheel to that $5 shirt you bought at H&M, what would your life look like without trade? Author William Bernstein explains how trade gave rise to the world as we know it. Read More...

Keeping up appearances

Three things you need to realize:

1. Cricket cookies are coming to a cupboard near you. Beyond Meat’s Ethan Brown and Bitty Food’s Megan Miller give us a taste of what you’ll be chomping on in twenty years.

2. Having a good hair day could make you feel richer. Stanford’s Peter Belmi explains the link between attractiveness and the social order.

3. Scientists in America would love to pursue revolutionary research, if it meant they wouldn't be cut off from future funding. Professor Roberta Ness argues that bad incentives in the scientific community are preventing us from solving the big problems of cancer, climate change, and more.

A delicious burger

Trade in your burgers and chicken wings for cricket flour and meatless protein. Bitty Food’s Megan Miller and Beyond Meat’s Ethan Brown tell you why your dinner is going to look radically different in 20 years. Read More...

Science is in a rut, according to Roberta Ness

Is science in a rut? Professor Roberta Ness thinks so, and she wants institutions and the government to start funding more risky, out-there projects. Read More...

Barbie is the cultural icon for beauty

Looks matter. But not just for the reasons you think. Stanford’s Peter Belmi explains how attractiveness and social class are inexorably linked. Read More...

Shaking the Foundation

We’re all about tearing down institutions here on Innovation Hub. From replacing journalists, to the end of the HR department, we love bringing you stories about how old ways of doing things are being completely upended. So we’re excited for this week’s show, where we’ll give you a look at what’s changing the legal profession, colleges, and even our notions of creativity. Read More...

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