Entries in Innovation Hub by Matt Purdy


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....


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.

Yo-Yo Ma says staying at the top of your game means constantly reinventing yourself. We talked with the cellist about why he's never stopped exploring musical territory.

Lord Byron was the Johnny Depp of the 19th century. Professor Sharon Marcus explains how celebrity has (and hasn’t) changed over the years.

You, too, can become a YouTube star. Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein and Tubular Labs’ Allison Stern tell us why the Internet is the new Hollywood.

Rolled red carpet

The Internet has rewritten the rules of celebrity. Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein and Tubular Labs’ Allison Stern say it's shaking up how people become famous - and how they stay in the spotlight. Read More...

A holiday train

How do you win a political debate at the holiday table? Reframe the issue. Stanford's Robb Willer explains the key to winning over your most obstinate relatives.

Meet the compulsive gambler who reinvented shopping. Author Lindy Woodhead introduces us to Harry Gordon Selfridge, the Steve Jobs of department stores.

Smell the Rainbow? Taste expert Don Katz explains why different flavors of Skittles are a lot more similar than you'd think.

Money in politics

It’s hard to change politics, especially when charts and graphs are all you've got to work with. We talk about the short life of a startup that dreamed of political transparency. Read More...

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