Entries in Innovation Hub by Matt Purdy

Some of America’s best scientists (think Einstein and Tesla) immigrated here from other countries. We talk with a few economists who’ve calculated their impact on American innovation. Read more....

Empathy is an inherently good human quality. So, why is Yale psychologist Paul Bloom against it? We talk with him about why feeling others’ pain makes for bad public policy. Read more....

 

There’s an invisible world that’s right at your fingertips. Literally. Trillions and trillions of tiny microbes live alongside us in our cities and we don’t even see them. A team of scientists recently swiped a whole bunch of ATM keypads in New York, looking for evidence of our miniscule neighbors. Read more...

America’s manufacturing industry has been hollowed out by globalization and automation. Donald Trump promises he can revive it. MIT researcher Andrew McAfee says that’s not possible. Read more....

McDonald's

America is a land of golden arches. But it hasn’t always been that way. We talk with Andrew Smith about the birth of the “most significant culinary trend” of the last 50 years. Read more...

science guy

It’s the 21st century. Why is there still a ‘war on science’? We talk about how it threatens our democracy with writer Shawn Otto. Read more....

Dauphin

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But could that change? We explore the idea of a “guaranteed basic income.” Read more....

Doctor with a tablet

Technology is reshaping the work our doctors and nurses do every day… and not always in a good way. We talk with Dr. Robert Wachter about the unintended consequences of mixing medicine and tech. Read More...

Theodore Roosevelt gives speech at Pomona College

Political spin is as old as politics itself. Professor David Greenberg tells us how our elected officials have developed new and creative ways to get their message across. Read more...

A young baseball player catches something.

Apple’s white earbuds can tell you a lot about how a fad becomes a fad. Author Jonah Berger says it pays to be different, but not too different. 

We’re much closer to genetically modifying ourselves than you think. But professor Michael Bess warns that toying with our genetics could create a divide between the modified and unmodified. 

Star Wars can be used to explain anything. XKCD’s Randall Munroe talks about how Yoda helped him rescue high schoolers from boredom – and reveals more keys to presenting complicated topics in simple terms.

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