Stuff of Genius
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Stuff of Genius tells the story behind everyday inventions. From the bikini to super wheat and everything in between, viewers will learn the stories of unsung inventor heroes and their trials, tribulations and successes.
|1||CleanVideoBlack Sabbatical||Before Stuff of Genius takes its own scheduled break, Christian looks into the origin of the modern sabbatical and its goal of improving productivity through revitalization.||21 1 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideoTetris! A Riddle Wrapped In An Enigma||Alexey Pajitnov changed the world of gaming forever when he created Tetris. Learn the history of this famous game and how it came to be.||16 1 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideoHack Your New Year||Want to successfully meet your resolutions in 2014? Use these 5 lifehacks at the beginning of your year, so you're happy with the rest of it!||14 1 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||CleanVideoThe Iceman Cometh... Jacob Perkin's First Refrigerator||Jacob Perkins was always a tinkerer, but in 1834 he patented the refrigerator. Learn how his version worked by vaporizing dangerous chemicals.||9 1 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||CleanVideoNo More Woof||Talking dogs are cute and all, but what if you could actually translate your dog's thoughts into English? A Scandinavian research lab claims they've invented the answer.||7 1 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||CleanVideoExplosions in the Sky||Thousands of years ago, the Chinese invented fireworks. Learn the origin of these celebrated pyrotechnics in this episode.||31 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||CleanVideoThe White Elephant In The Room||Every year, American office parties celebrate a tradition called a "White Elephant" exchange. Stuff of Genius deciphers how this term came from a complicated history between the U.S. and Thailand.||24 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||CleanVideoFor Your Eyes Only: The Privacy Visor||A Tokyo based team has invented a pair of glasses that disrupts digital cameras and prevents facial recognition. Want to hide your identity and personal information? We'll tell you how in today's episode.||19 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||CleanVideoBetter, Faster, Stronger... Meet the Modern Umbrella||While umbrellas have been around for centuries, the modern steel design we're all familiar with was invented by Samuel Fox in 1852. Or was it? Learn about the controversy behind this simple device that keeps us dry.||17 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||CleanVideo5 Tips to Make Your Phone Battery Last||Is your phone constantly dying? Try these 5 everyday tips to conserve your battery's power.||12 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||CleanVideoGeorge Ballas and the Weed Eater||What do carwashes and lawn care have in common? The answer might surprise you. Tune in in to learn how George Ballas went from cleaning his car to inventing the weed eater.||10 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||CleanVideoNo Babies! Gregory Pincus and the Birth Control Pill||The birth control pill prevents millions of births every year. Learn how a scientist's experiments with rabbit ovums and frozen sperm led to this game changing advance in human reproduction.||5 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||CleanVideoThe World Wide Web||Nowadays the internet is nearly ubiquitous -- but how did it all begin? Tune in for a closer look at the man who changed the world -- and invented the world wide web -- in this episode.||3 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||CleanVideoVelcro||When George de Mestral and his dog set out on a leisurely mountain stroll, they returned covered in burrs. Learn how an afternoon walk inspired the creation of Velcro in this video.||28 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||CleanVideoMr. Alexanderson and the Long-Range Radio||Before Ernst Alexanderson designed the high-frequency alternators that transmitted radio broadcasts in a continuous wave, radio was not usable over long distances. Tune in and learn more in this video.||26 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||CleanVideoThe Book Nobody Can Read: Codex Seraphinianus||Experience the imaginary world of Luigi Serafini, as Christian presents the art, typography and content of this legendary unreadable book.||21 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||CleanVideoWho invented the nicotine patch?||The nicotine patch has helped thousands of smokers kick the habit, but where did it come from? Tune in to learn more about the man behind the nicotine patch (and how he figured it out) in this episode.||19 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||CleanVideoWhat's So Genius About The Wire?||David Simon created "The Wire," often described as the best television show ever made. Learn why the program is regarded so highly and how Simon was awarded a "genius grant" after creating it.||14 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||CleanVideoRaymond Damadian and the MRI||Today the MRI is a crucial piece of technology, and its ability to scan the human body in a noninvasive way makes it an invaluable diagnostic tool. But who built it, and how does it work? Tune in to find out.||12 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||CleanVideoThere's An App For That: Cockroach Mind Control||Christian talks to Greg Gage from Backyard Brains about the future of neuroscience and an invention that can remote control a live cockroach with a smart phone.||7 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|21||CleanVideoLarry, Sergey and the Stuff of Searching Genius||Today, Google is one of the world's most well-known, influential companies. But how did it get its start? Tune in and learn how two Stanford graduate students took their Stuff of Genius from a garage to people across the globe.||5 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|22||CleanVideoStandard Time||Although you may not have heard of Sir Sandford Fleming, his Stuff of Genius influences every second of your life. Turn back the clock and take a look at the man who standardized time in this episode.||2 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|23||CleanVideoThe Junk Food King||During World War II, William Mitchell made a discovery that led to the emergence of junk food for the masses. Learn how tapioca led to pop rocks in this episode.||31 10 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|24||CleanVideoMad Genius: Wade Davis and Haitian Zombies||World explorer Wade Davis discovered a Haitian poison used to make "zombie" thralls. Find out the potion's key ingredient and how popular culture has twisted the origin of the zombie myth.||29 10 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|25||CleanVideoStuff Behind the Scenes: October 26, 2013||Christian Sager goes behind-the-scenes of Stuff of Genius and answers audience questions and suggestions.||26 10 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Downloaded this podcast just not thinking that it would be any good and to my suprise the podcast was very interesting. Full of detail with descriptive examples. Worth downloading
yet entertaining :)
I'm likely in the minority... ...but until recently this had 5 stars for me.
Listen to the older podcasts and wallow in the fabulousness of finding out where everyday objects came from; unfortunately I can't get past the first few seconds of the most recent episodes.
If you can't listen to the Tech Stuff podcast you probably won't like this, but if you love Tech stuff (or never heard of it) you'll love this.