Entries in Innovation Hub by Kara Miller and Amanda McGowan

WWI trench

From the trenches of WWI, an enduring invention that you may be wearing right now. Read More...

Bob Shiller

Think you know what caused the economic meltdown?  Nobel Prize-winning economist Bob Shiller talks about the reliance on mathematical models that clouded peoples’ thinking. Read More...

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder, left, helps a customer apply lipstick in 1966. Credit: Bill Sauro/World Journal Tribune / Wikimedia Commons

Even with hindsight being 20/20, betting on a woman founding an entirely new industry in the throes of the Great Depression seems pretty unlikely. But, as historian and Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn tells us, it’s the story of Estee Lauder. Read more...

Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley, television and radio talk show host, says the key to success is learning how to fail. Credit: Center for American Progress Action Fund / Wikimedia Commons

Recently, we caught up with Tavis Smiley - author and host of "Tavis Smiley" on PBS - and asked him: what does it take to succeed, especially for women and minorities who have historically been sidelined? The key, says Smiley, is being willing to fail. Read more...

Heinz products

H.J. Heinz was an ingenious businessman with an obsessive - and odd- personality, says Joshua Kendall. Here, a selection from a 1930 Heinz recipe book. Credit: alsis35 / Flickr Creative Commons

Ever notice that many famous innovators seem a bit…prickly? Joshua Kendall, author of "America's Obsessives," says visionaries - like H.J. Heinz and Melvil Dewey - often exhibit the kind of obsessive behavior that leads to great ideas, but troublesome personal lives. Read more...

microscope

Dr. Paula Hammond of MIT discusses her pioneering cancer research, which uses nanotechnology to achieve scientific breakthroughs. Read more...

Wendy Kopp founded Teach for America as a college student, and has helped the organization change America's educational system. Now, she hopes to expand that model to the international stage. Read more...

Historian Paula Byrne argues that one of the greatest female writers ever, Jane Austen, was both a transformative artist and a powerful career woman ahead of her time. Read more...

sugar

Put down that low-fat yogurt! Dr. Robert Lustig says that sugar - not fat - may be the real culprit behind America's obesity epidemic. Read more...

Historian Elizabeth Abbott tells us the story of how people first fell in love with sugar - despite the high human cost of producing it. Read more...

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