Entries in Innovation Hub by Kara Miller and Genevieve Gilson

the Thinker

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

1. Men are more optimistic about how much money their companies will make. Which may explain why there are so few women running companies in Silicon Valley.

2. Mix some Milton with your molecular biology. According to Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs’ biographer, people at the intersection of the humanities and technology are uniquely positioned to develop great products and come up with breakthrough solutions.

3. Think you know where Obamacare came from? It didn’t start with politicians - or even voters. Think tanks shape the government to a greater extent than most people realize.

old books

Are Chaucer and Milton destined to disappear? As college students increasingly gravitate towards STEM fields, fewer are majoring in the humanities. Pulitzer Prize winners and Harvard professors Stephen Greenblatt and Louis Menand discuss evolving college curriculums. Read More...

U.S. Capitol

Think tanks are a quiet, powerful player that continue to shape American government and public opinion. We look at where they come from - and how they get their money - with Andrew Selee of the Wilson Center. Read More...

ASCII design

It takes more than code to sell gadgets and apps. The secret may be in sleek and sexy design, says John Maeda, design partner at Kleiner Perkins and former president of RISD. Read More...


How are jobs - and workers - changing? Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee discuss which robots we should fear, and which we shouldn't. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman weighs in on the future of work. Plus, we may be heading for a 32-hour work week, and find out why money doesn’t make us as happy as we think. Read More...

slot machines

The gambling industry has made serious money by manipulating the science of human behavior, according to Natasha Dow Schull, a cultural anthropologist at MIT. Read More...

Cue ball

Is the stereotypical lone genius just a myth? There would be no Beatles without Lennon and McCartney, no Google without Page and Brin, no Apple without Jobs and Wozniak. Read More...

muppet mural

Jim Henson breathed new life into puppeteering by embracing technology and offering up a few of his own inventions. Read More...

Idylic Vermont

How do states with smaller populations grab young talent? We look at Vermont’s strategy - and why it’s so tough to lure millennials away from New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Read More...

Measuring Tape

Three things you should know about the small stuff:

1. Frank Gehry, Chris Rock, and Google all have at least one thing in common. They build on what works and aren’t afraid to let everything else fall by the wayside, says author Peter Sims.

2. Sharknado is a sign of things to come. Deb Roy, Chief Media Scientist for Twitter, sees a future in which mass & micro media come together to revolutionize news.

3. A new breed of philanthropists want to fund Indiana Jones reenactments and giant hammocks. In chapters around the world, the Awesome Foundation now doles out “micro-genius grants for flashes of micro-brilliance.”

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