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PRI: Innovation Hub Podcast

PRI: Innovation Hub Podcast

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Innovation Hub looks at how to reinvent our world – from medicine to education, relationships to time management. Great thinkers and great ideas, designed to make your life better.


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Full Show: Politics and Screens

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 21, 2017


Scrolling through your newsfeed and noticing something… eerie? Facebook can be an echo chamber. Professor Cass Sunstein tells us how social media has contributed to groupthink. Plus, which channel has no ratings, no stars, and no commercials, and wants to keep it that way? And finally, our president may have been ubiquitous on Twitter for the past few years. But his first love will always be TV. And it loves him right back. IndieWire executive editor Michael Schneider explains.

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How Trump is Changing TV

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 21, 2017


The Trump phenomenon was built, in large part, by television. Michael Schneider tells us how the former star of The Apprentice is shaking up Hollywood - and creating some unexpected winners.

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Out Of The Echo Chamber

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 21, 2017


Our Facebook newsfeeds have become echo chambers. To break out, professor Cass Sunstein says we should embrace a diversity of information.

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The Biggest Little Network In Town

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 21, 2017


No ratings, no stars, and no commercials. We talk with C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb about the secret to success, even when nobody's watching.

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Full Show: Fragile Memories

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 14, 2017


Our memories are terrible, mice can lead us astray, and Americans didn't always love chicken. This week, we've got a show packed with surprising facts about both human brains and animal realities.

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Full Show: Between Private And Public

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


Internet librarian is a real job. And it’s real important. Plus, in 2016, two of the largest private prison companies made 4 billion dollars in revenue. But are they saving us any money. And finally, Social innovation looks like a lot of things. Among them, a prison in New Zealand that try to keep prisoners out, not in.

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Saving Facts On The Internet

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


Brewster Kahle isn’t just a librarian, he’s the internet’s librarian. And it turns out, that’s a really important job.

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Tackling Public Problems With Private Strategies

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


What does social innovation look like? How about prisons in New Zealand that try to keep prisoners out, not in.

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The Booming Business Of Private Prisons

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


Why do federal and local governments pay private contractors to lock inmates up? The answer is surprising.

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Why International Students Might Not Want to Come to the US

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


With President Trump in office, are international students turning away from the US? Inside Higher Ed’s Elizabeth Redden joins us to explain.

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Full Show: You Are Here

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


The American Dream isn’t dead, it’s just found a new home. Plus, it's our geography that makes this country great, says Robert Kaplan. From the Great Migration to President Obama’s political career, here’s how one newspaper saw - and shaped - history.

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How Geography Made Us... Us

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


What made America great? Well, according to author Robert Kaplan is has a lot to do with our landscape.

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Is The American Dream In Canada?

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


The American dream has found a new home: Canada. Author and former Canadian diplomat Scott Gilmore believes that Canada has become a more realistic setting for modern-day, rags-to-riches stories.

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The Newspaper That Moved America

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


From the Great Migration to President Obama’s political career, here’s how one newspaper saw - and shaped - history.

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Full Show: The (Mis)Education of America

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


Academics skew liberal. Plus, forty percent of Americans read at -- or below -- a basic level. Finally, Going co-ed wasn’t easy for the Ivies. Just ask the Dartmouth alums who wrote this appeal in 1970: "For God’s sake, for Dartmouth’s sake, and for everyone’s sake, keep the damned women out."

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The Complicated Story of Reading in America

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


Millions of American adults can’t read at a high enough level to keep track of their health care or help with their kids’ homework. Professor Mark Seidenberg says a disconnect between reading researchers and teachers is partly to blame.

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When Women Entered The Ivies

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


What was it like when men and women started going to elite colleges together? Turns out… pretty awkward.

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Why Ideology Matters On Campus

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


Yes, liberal thought does dominate in academia, and professor Sam Abrams says it’s a problem for higher education.

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Full Show: Walking the Divide

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


How does inequality affect our lives? Alan Berube and Alexandra Killewald explain. Then, according to Walter Scheidel, there are ways to significantly reduce inequality. But they're all... uncomfortable. Then, why does America spend more on health care than any other country in the world. And finally, you can thank Obama for your next Uber ride. But don’t get too comfortable: here’s how the new health care proposal might affect the gig economy.



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How The New Health Care Bill Could Affect Your Uber Ride

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


The gig economy has exploded over the past decade. Could Paul Ryan's new health care proposal halt that progress?

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Inequality's Terrible Cure

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


There’s a way to reduce inequality… but you aren’t going to like it.

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The High Cost of Health Care Innovation

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


The innovations that have made our health care so effective also contribute to what makes it so expensive. MIT economist (who also worked on the Affordable Healthcare Actt) Jon Gruber says we should do a cost-benefit analysis on new drugs to keep costs low.

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What Inequality Looks Like Right Now

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


Beyond the headlines, beyond the soundbites, what is the state of inequality in America? Alan Berube of The Brookings Institution, and Harvard’s Alexandra Killewald joins us to answer that question.

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Full Show: Making Connections

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 10, 2017


Dating in the digital age equates to a slew of websites and apps that all purport to offer paths to love. But, while we may have more ways to find that special someone than ever before, actually forging those bonds isn’t quite as easy as swiping right.

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Full Show: Mismanagement

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


Three things to know: Con men - and women - have been around for as long as we’ve been around. So why do we keep falling for their tricks? Maria Konnikova explains the science of the swindle. There’s no international law on time zones or daylight savings. And the result? Chaos. But Steve Hanke has a simple solution: universal time. Flint, Michigan, was just the beginning. Marc Edwards says that our country is relying on a network of very old pipes, many of them lined with lead.

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Time for a New Time?

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


North Korea invented its own time zone. Arizona and Hawaii refuse to participate in daylight savings. Steve Hanke thinks it’s time to overhaul, well, time.

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We're All Suckers

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


Should you respond to that suspiciously attractive suitor on OkCupid? Should you invest your money in a “too good to be true” land deal? Before you trust anyone, listen to Maria Konnikova talk about the history and psychology of cons.

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What Lurks In Our Pipes

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


Marc Edwards was one of the first scientists to confirm lead poisoning in Flint. But it’s the second time he found himself battling the EPA. He tells us why our country’s lead crisis will only get worse.

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Why Scheduling Your Free Time Might Ruin It

Author: WGBH
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


Americans are becoming increasingly dependant on our calendars. But what happens when you start to schedule free time? Bad things, says Selin Malkoc.

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Full Show: Our Bodies, Our Selves

Author: WGBH
Fri, Feb 17, 2017


Winter can be the hardest time of the year to stay in shape. But now that the holidays have passed, many Americans are looking to lose a few pounds in preparation for beach weather. It's a perfect time to focus in on our country’s growing obesity problem -- what’s caused it and what we can do about it.

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Full Show: Reality And Appearances

Author: WGBH
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


Once upon a time, women didn't smoke cigarettes. Until a PR maestro linked smoking with both femininity and female empowerment. Then, brain scans of a person high on cocaine and of a person expecting a cash windfall look almost identical. Kabir Sehgal tells us why we love money SO much. And finally, Nathan Schneider explains how we can own the web.

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Opening Up The Internet

Author: WGBH
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


What would the internet look like if you owned a piece of it? Nathan Schneider thinks it's time for some of the biggest internet players to get cut down to size.

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The Birth of PR

Author: WGBH
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


Spin may have been a part of American life since the beginning, but PR began in the early 20th century.

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Why We Love Money

Author: WGBH
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


We get high from making money. Literally. Former Wall Street executive and author Kabir Sehgal explains our obsession with cash and coin.

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How Money Sways Politics

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


Money and politics have always been paired. But journalist Jane Mayer and professor Theda Skocpol both say that something new is afoot, thanks in part to a couple of very rich brothers.

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How We Mistake Confidence For Competence

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


One of the reasons there aren't more women in leadership positions? Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic says that it's our inability to differentiate between confidence and competence.

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The Patent Trap

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


Is a patent troll coming after your idea? Well, maybe you should check out Alex Reben's algorithm.

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Why You're Surrounded By Ads

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


Buy this! Drink that! Does it ever feel like advertisements are becoming more and more omnipresent? Author Tim Wu explains.

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Full Show: How To Make A Perfect World

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


The Industrial Revolution spawned more than just machinery. Author Chris Jennings says it was a catalyst for a pretty old idea: that heaven could be found on Earth. Plus, Judy Cockerton saw a problem and set out to fix it. And finally, something surprising: the Amish have wildly successful businesses, often without using cell phones, websites or email addresses.

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No Technology, No Problem for Innovative Amish

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


Even without cars and computers, the Amish have managed to start and grow successful businesses. Professor Donald Kraybill tells us how they've developed a surprising culture of innovation without the help of the latest tech.

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Rebuilding Foster Care From The Ground Up

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


Judy Cockerton saw a problem and decided to do something about it. At 48, she shut down her toy store and created a village of sixty homes. The catch? They were reserved for seniors and families with foster kids. We visited Cockerton's village to learn how she built it.

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Utopias from A to Z

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


What would your personal utopia look like? Well, it probably wouldn't involve furniture making and no sex. Chris Jennings talks 19th century American utopias.

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Full Show: Leaders Have Issues

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 13, 2017


Our leaders should be deeply empathetic people, right? Well, according to Paul Bloom, empathy can actually get in the way of helping people. Mandatory voting, a council of presidents, more bureaucrats... Parag Khanna says that this is what American democracy should look like. Man-made climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. So why exactly aren’t we doing more about it?

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How Empathy Leads Us Astray

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


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.

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Technocracy Now!

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


Parag Khanna believes technocrats get a bad rap in America, and our country could improve - and recover from what he calls “degenerative politics” - if it had more of them in office.

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Why We Can't Agree on Climate Change

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


Climate change looks like it will drastically change all of our lives. So why aren’t we doing more about it? We’ll take a look at why some are reticent to accept the consensus view on climate science, and what those in power are doing now to prepare for a new world.

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Full Show: It's All In Your Head

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jan 06, 2017


Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski spent their lives studying child geniuses. Their advice on how to create a baby Einstein? Do nothing. Plus, conspiracy theories have gotten a lot of attention in the last year, but psychologist Rob Brotherton says they've been around for a long time. And finally, Thomas Gilovich thinks he can make you wise... or at least, the wisest person in the room.

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Want To Raise A Genius? Do Nothing.

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jan 05, 2017


What makes a genius? Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski have worked on that question for decades; they think they might have some answers.

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What THEY Don't Want You To Know About Conspiracy Theories

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jan 05, 2017


Do you believe that the illuminati run the world? That there was a second gunman? That everything is NOT WHAT IT APPEARS? Well, even if you don't, conspiracy theories help shape our world. We look at the psychology behind them.

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What Wisdom Really Is

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jan 05, 2017


Want to become wise? Well, you should first figure out what wisdom actually is. Psychology Professor Thomas Gilovich explains.

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Full Show: Money Problems

Author: WGBH
Fri, Dec 30, 2016


It's been quite a year. Whether you started 2016 on the Trump train, heavily invested in the rising British pound, or confident that Pantone's color of the year was an accurate forecast of the twelve months to come, you're probably surprised. Don’t worry -- we are too. But thankfully, we've curated some of our favorite segments to help you bookmark a very surreal year.

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Full Show: Hidden Truths

Author: WGBH
Fri, Dec 23, 2016


A winter chill is in the air, and there's way too much Christmas music being played. So curl up in an armchair, grab yourself a mug of something, and take a mental vacation with some fascinating conversations from Innovation Hub.

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Full Show: A Wiser, Better You

Author: WGBH
Fri, Dec 09, 2016


First, If you want to learn how to roast the perfect chicken, you’ve come to the right place. Mark Bittman talks about cooking - and eating - without fear. Then, Your dream job doesn’t always turn out to be your dream job. Millennial’s Megan Tan explains how she turned her part-time passion into her full-time career. Finally, Having trouble learning something? Take a break. Barbara Oakley dives into how we actually learn.

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Food For Thought: A Conversation With Mark Bittman

Author: WGBH
Thu, Dec 08, 2016


Want to know anything and everything about cooking? There’s one person you should turn to. Mark Bittman.

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Historic Innovation: Muy Picante

Author: WGBH
Thu, Dec 08, 2016


Here’s the story of a culinary experience you’ve almost certainly had - with a backstory you may not know as well.

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Making Millennial

Author: WGBH
Thu, Dec 08, 2016


Megan Tan’s portfolio project accidentally became a certified hit. Here’s how she created Millennial.

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Math? It's All Russian To Me

Author: WGBH
Thu, Dec 08, 2016


Want to be a scientist, but never made it past high school algebra? Barbara Oakley talks with us about why there may still be hope for you - and why you might even have a leg up.

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Full Show: Place Matters

Author: WGBH
Tue, Nov 22, 2016


This week, we're gifting you I-Hub a few days early. Just another thing to be thankful for. There are a lot of lessons one can learn from the election. But one of the most vital is how important place is; how where you live can shape your worldview and how your worldview can shape the place you live. This episode, we’re exploring the idea of place.

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Full Show: Imperfections

Author: WGBH
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Helping refugees - and others - generally means giving them things like blankets, clothes, and food. Radha Rajkotia thinks we should try handing out cash. Plus, Jessica Tracy explains why one of the seven deadly sins could be a good thing, after all. And finally, advances in genetic engineering have allowed scientists to make decisions that could affect millions of people. Kevin Esvelt thinks the public should have a voice in those decisions.

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Historic Innovation: Raising Wires

Author: WGBH
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Ezra Cornell was fired from his job due to after the Panic of 1837… then helped create our modern communication network.

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How To Engineer Thoughtful Science

Author: WGBH
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Gene technology is becoming more and more powerful… and could affect more and more people. MIT researcher Kevin Esvelt tells us why he thinks the public needs to have a say in how we use it.

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We Are Proud Of This Segment About Pride

Author: WGBH
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Pride isn’t just for cheating athletes or bullies. Psychology professor Jessica Tracy explains why pride is a key emotion in human civilization.

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Why Cash Could Be The Future Of Foreign Aid

Author: WGBH
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Do we know what refugees need better than they do? Radha Rajkotia of the International Rescue Committee tells us why giving cash, rather than food and other supplies, could be a better model for foreign aid to refugees.

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Full Show: What Happened In This Election? Trump, our Fears, and the Future

Author: WGBH
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


Trump promised to bring back jobs from China and Mexico. But, according to MIT researcher Andrew McAfee, not only are those jobs not coming back - they don’t even exist anymore. No matter who you voted for, you were probably surprised by Trump’s triumph. Psychology professor Mahzarin Banaji thinks implicit bias might help us understand the difference between the polls and the actual results. A former reality TV star will be the 45th president of the United States. Columbia Law School’s Tim Wu explains how Donald Trump was able to capture our attention.

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Hidden Biases: How Our Unconscious (Might Have) Shaped the Election

Author: WGBH
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


Surprised by the election? Us too. Psychologist Mahzarin Banaji thinks our unconscious biases might explain the difference between the public’s expectations and the results.

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The Myth of Manufacturing's Return

Author: WGBH
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


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.

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Want To Know Why Trump Won? Pay Attention.

Author: WGBH
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


How exactly was Donald Trump able to captivate us on his path to the White House? Columbia University Professor Tim Wu explains.

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Full Show: Fear and Our Future

Author: WGBH
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


There are things you should be very afraid of. According to security expert Juliette Kayyem, terrorism isn’t one of them. But science writer Annalee Newitz tells us that mass extinction is. Plus, our seeds are becoming less diverse. Conservationist Cary Fowler says this is something you should care about, if you consider eating crucial to your health.

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Sowing the Seeds for Food Security

Author: WGBH
Thu, Nov 03, 2016


Cary Fowler thinks we might be in trouble. But he’s got a solution. A tiny, tiny solution.

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The Great Extinction - A Survivor's Guide

Author: WGBH
Thu, Nov 03, 2016


Afraid of the apocalypse? Well, maybe you shouldn’t worry too much. The Earth has already gone through at least five.

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What Should We Really Be Afraid Of?

Author: WGBH
Thu, Nov 03, 2016


It’s very unlikely that you will be killed by a far-off terrorist group. So why do we worry about it so much? National security expert Juliette Kayyem explains what we should - and shouldn’t - be afraid of.

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Full Show: You Can Take This Job

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


That quick glance at Facebook… it’s kind of a big deal. Professor Cal Newport says it can significantly derail your train of thought for about 10 minutes. Plus, Immigration may be a contentious issue in this election, but immigrants are absolutely essential to our economic success. Cabinet member Maria Contreras-Sweet explains. And finally, economist Robert Frank talks love, money, and happiness.

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Redefining Office Space

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Robert Propst was a brilliant inventor who wanted to make a better office. Instead, he created something he hated.

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The Career-Boosting Power Of Your Spouse

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


According to researcher Brittany Solomon, there’s one personality trait in a husband or wife that can predict success for their spouse: conscientiousness.

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What's Your Job Really Worth?

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


How do money and happiness intersect when it comes to finding a job? Economist Robert Frank thinks he might have the answer.

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Why Immigrants Aren't Stealing Our Jobs (Unless You're a CEO)

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Do you remember your first job? Odds are, it was with a local small business. One of President Obama’s cabinet members talks small businesses, immigration, and jobs.

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Why You Can't Get Work Done

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Think glancing at Facebook isn’t a big deal? Well, Cal Newport says it can significantly derail your train of thought for about 10 minutes.

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Full Show: What You Thought You Knew

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Are you really, really tired of this election? Well, maybe democracy isn’t the best form of government. Plus, teenagers are… hard to understand. Neurology professor Frances Jensen says it’s all because of their still-developing brains. And finally, what if campaigns aren’t as important as you thought?

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How Much Do Campaigns Really Matter?

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


It seems like every election is a high-wire race whose outcome is always in doubt. But what if campaigns weren’t as important as you thought?

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Inside The Teenage Brain

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Why can’t you get your teen out of bed in the morning? Why are they so impulsive? Frances Jensen says their still-developing brains are to blame.

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Reconsidering Democracy

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Thinking about this election kinda makes you wonder: is there a better system than democracy? Jason Brennan thinks there should be.

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Full Show: Mind the Health Gap

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Healthcare in our society needs a band-aid. Here are a few of our favorite conversations about the big challenges in health – and how we might fix them.

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Full Show: Technical Know-How

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Even if you don’t know an Allen wrench from an isosceles triangle, we’ve got a show for you. From why high school math is overrated to why you aren’t able to repair your iPhone, here are some of our best conversations about the fun side of our technical world.

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Full Show: Electing the Future

Author: WGBH
Fri, Oct 07, 2016


There was a battle for the soul of Silicon Valley, and the libertarians won. Investing legend Roger McNamee talks about how the tech world has changed - and why that could slow future progress. Then, Sasha Issenberg tells us how campaigns are using data to make sure their candidate wins. And finally, Pokemon Go may or may not be a fad… but augmented reality will change the way we see the world.

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A Presidential Campaign Just for You

Author: WGBH
Thu, Oct 06, 2016


Hillary Clinton is running a historically data-driven campaign. Sasha Issenberg explains what her team might know about you - and how they’re going to use that knowledge.

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A Tech Guru Speaks - and Worries

Author: WGBH
Thu, Oct 06, 2016


Think Silicon Valley is a haven for liberals and hippies? Think again. Investing legend Roger McNamee explains why the libertarians have won the battle for Silicon Valley.

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How Augmented Reality Changes Storytelling

Author: WGBH
Thu, Oct 06, 2016


Augmented reality apps like Pokemon Go allow developers to overlay a story onto the real world. Game designer Kellian Adams Pletcher tells us how this technology is going to change the way we interact with our environment.

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Full Show: Something Old, Something New

Author: WGBH
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


Whether you’re about to get married, can’t stop talking about Chad from work, or are just wondering about the changing face of America… we’ve got stories for you.

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Full Show: The Message

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


According to Clay Shirky, there’s been a fundamental shift in how politicians connect with the public. Then, Harvard’s Nicco Mele explains how media is shaping the 2016 campaign. Next, we hear from Spencer Hazel about the problems with native English. And finally, Ben Bergen explains the puzzling mores of swear words, with minimal bleeps.

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Gosh Darn This Freaking Stuff - What We Can Learn From Swearing

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


There are certain words I just can’t write in this sentence. Profanity. Swear words. But… why? Benjamin Bergen explains the science of swearing.

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Learning a Second Language to Speak a First

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


Apparently, being a native speaker may not have the benefits you’d think. Spencer Hazel explains why ESL is sometimes more useful than plain old English.

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The End - and New Beginning - of Media

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


What is the future for the troubled institutions that were once the pillars of our society - the media, the government, political parties? Harvard’s Nicco Mele talks about the future of big institutions in an increasingly connected world.

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The Twitter Election

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


Are old-school political parties becoming obsolete now that non-mainstream candidates can reach voters easily and directly? NYU professor Clay Shirky discusses how social media helped shaped this election.

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Full Show: This Doesn't Compute

Author: WGBH
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


This week on Innovation Hub, this doesn't compute. We'll learn how to prepare for the age of automation, what that means for our jobs, and how politicians are addressing it. Plus, Gareth Olds tells us about the link between food stamps and entrepreneurship.


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How Food Stamps Help Business

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 15, 2016


When you think of Food Stamps, the first word that comes to your mind probably isn’t “entrepreneurship.” But for one Harvard Business School professor, the connection is obvious.

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Robots Ate My Job

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 15, 2016


How do we save middle class jobs in the face of increasing automation and advancing artificial intelligence? Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson discuss how our society can adapt to a world with a changing definition of work.

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What To Do About A Tough Job Market

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 15, 2016


Millennials are angry, workers are worried about robots, and manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back. Depressed yet? Catherine Rampell explains the future of work.

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Full Show: Our Bodies, Our Selves

Author: WGBH
Fri, Sep 09, 2016


Stop counting calories and start reaching for whole milk yogurt. We talk with two obesity experts about what the newest science shows about losing weight. Then, over half of patients don’t take their medicine properly. But one man thinks he has a solution. Computers, meet stomach. And finally, your genes hold a lot of secrets.

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Tracking Patients Through Smart Pills

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 08, 2016


Patient compliance is one of the biggest problems in medicine; it’s estimated that fifty percent of people don’t take medicine as ordered. Luckily, Andrew Thompson thinks he might have a solution.

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What Are Our Genes Telling Us?

Author: WGBH
Thu, Sep 08, 2016


What secrets do your genes hold? Carl Zimmer tells us what he discovered when he sequenced his entire genome, and how genetics will shape the future of medicine.

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Full Show: End of Summer Blues

Author: WGBH
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


Summer is winding down. We're bummed, and suspect you might be, too. Luckily, we've got some of the best Innovation Hub conversations of the past year to get you amped for sweater-weather.

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Full Show: Reinventing Childhood

Author: WGBH
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


We dive deep into how technology is affecting our kids. This week on Innovation Hub: growing up in the digital age.

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Full Show: Times Are a Changin'

Author: WGBH
Fri, Aug 19, 2016


Chris Kutarna explains how the modern world is connected to the Renaissance. Neal Gabler examines how Streisand shaped American culture. And we’ll find out why Starbucks succeeded, and what lessons everyone can learn from the coffee chain.

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A(n Evergreen) Star is Born

Author: WGBH
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


Modern Hollywood might have some problems, but it’s a lot better than it was sixty years ago. Neal Gabler explains how Barbra Streisand changed the town, and with it, American culture.

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The Genius of Starbucks and Howard Schultz

Author: WGBH
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, created a cultural shift in the way that we consume coffee. But he also had more early failures than successes, says Nancy Koehn, a historian at Harvard Business School.

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The Recurring Renaissance

Author: WGBH
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


A fiery, belligerent outsider shakes up the political system. Sound familiar? Chris Kutarna tells us what the Renaissance can teach us about our world.

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Full Show: Making Connections

Author: WGBH
Fri, Aug 12, 2016


Turns out, early dinner dates got mistaken for prostitution. Author Moira Weigel tells us about the invention of dating. Plus, it’s easy to find a date online, but have you ever tried to find a friend? And finally, the internet isn’t just important to our economy and our social lives… it’s also a work of art. Virginia Heffernan explains the magic of the internet.

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Friends with Benefits

Author: WGBH
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


Every time we gain a romantic partner, we lose two friends. Elizabeth Bernstein explains why that’s bad for our health, and how to remedy it.

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Swiping Right on New Friends

Author: WGBH
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


Dating apps are old news. So why haven’t friending apps made more of a splash? Kara investigates.

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The Art of the Internet

Author: WGBH
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


The Mona Lisa, the David, and … the internet? Writer Virginia Heffernan explains why we can view the internet as a work of art.

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The Date Dating Began

Author: WGBH
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


Is dating dead? Moira Weigel explains how courtship has changed over the years and where it is today.

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Full Show: How Food Changes Us

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jul 29, 2016


You can make something surprisingly delicious out of squid guts. Plus, McDonald’s wasn’t actually the first fast food restaurant. Andrew Smith talks about the history, and future, of fast food. And the way your grandma taught you to cook chicken might just be wrong.

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From the Garden of Italy

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


Which company had to ask American farmers to grow more tomatoes to keep up with its product demand? We explore the origins of a beloved American food.

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How Fast Food Shaped America(ns)

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


America is a land of golden arches and Kentucky hucksters. 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.

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Lessons From A Food Scientist

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


You can probably picture what the future is going to look like and sound like. But what’s it going to taste like? To find out, we talk to food researcher Arielle Johnson of famed restaurant Noma in Copenhagen.

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What's Happening to Cooking in America?

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


James Beard Award-Winning Chef Tony Maws and scientist-turned-food-writer-extraordinaire Kenji Lopez-Alt talk about home cooking and the future of food.

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Full Show: Numbers Game

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jul 22, 2016


Our political beliefs influence more than just our votes.We explore 30-hour weeks and the choice between more money and more time. And, it turns out, the internet is way more than just Facebook and the NYTimes. Rosa Bransky takes us on a journey through the dark web.

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Rethinking the Daily Grind

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


Sick of the 9 to 5? Isabel Sawhill from The Brookings Institution talks about why we should rethink our workweek.

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Slipping into the Dark Web

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


The journey from the surface web to the dark web is easier than you might think. Rosa Bransky joins us to talk about what’s happening in the worst corners of the internet, and how to stop it.

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The Growing Partisan Gap

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


Thinking about canvassing for your favorite candidate? According to Paul Taylor, you might want to head to the next county, since we are segregating ourselves based on our political beliefs.

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The Man Who Changed Television

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


We take a dip into history and explore the story of the man whose use of tech changed television forever.

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Full Show: Getting Lucky

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jul 15, 2016


The Mona Lisa and Kim Kardashian have something in common, and it’s more than just a bewitching smile. Plus, if your favorite color is blue, join the club. And finally, coincidences are more likely than you might think.

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Gender, Creativity, and You

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


Gender bias is everywhere. And according to Duke University researcher Devon Proudfoot, it even affects how we think about creativity.

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Lucky You

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


Yes, you earned that big promotion, but you also had help. Robert Frank of Cornell thinks we tend to underestimate the role luck plays in our lives.

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What Are the Chances?

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


Ever wonder what your chances are of winning the jackpot or of being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Joseph Mazur says that people tend to misjudge the likelihood of coincidences.

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With So Many Options, How Do You Choose?

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


You like blue, burritos, and Belle & Sebastian… but why? Journalist Tom Vanderbilt explains the science behind our taste.

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Full Show: The Rest of the Story

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jul 08, 2016


Plato, Political Spin, and the Pipeline Problem. This week on Innovation Hub, we’re complicating issues you thought you understood.

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Full Show: Stressing Out

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Looking to escape your growing to-do list? Sit back, relax, and tune in as we make stress less mysterious.

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Full Show: Place Matters

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Location, location, location. From museums to customer service jobs, stories about why place matters.

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Death to Concrete Culture

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


Professor of Urban and Cultural Sociology at UMass Amherst Jonathan Wynn says that building museums and stadiums isn’t the best thing for a city. His answer? Music festivals.

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St. Louis' Stagnation

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


Ever wonder why there is no “Silicon Valley of the Midwest?” This week on IHub, Brian S. Feldman explains why.

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The Biggest Little City Just Got Bigger

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


One city that’s always marketed itself as fun now finds itself on the rise. And no, it has nothing to do with casinos. How Reno’s blossoming tech industry might change the city.

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The Next Silicon Valley

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


Watch out: that entry-level job might not lead anywhere. Lauren Smiley tells us about Silicon Valley’s newest trend.

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Full Show: Decisions, Decisions

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jun 17, 2016


We'll talk about the secrets behind creativity. We'll take a look at Mechanical Turk. And you'll find out why radiation isn't as scary as you thought.

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Ask An Expert? Maybe Not.

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 16, 2016


If NBC trusted the experts, we never would’ve had “Seinfeld.” Professor Adam Grant explains why experts fail.

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Turking Hard for Little Pay

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 16, 2016


Ever wonder just who “studies” are surveying? The answer might make you uncomfortable.

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Unraveling The Mysteries of Radiation

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 16, 2016


The word “radiation” makes many people nervous - Tim Jorgensen tells us what sources of radiation we should and shouldn’t worry about.

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Full Show: Summer Food and Friends

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


It’s time to get out the suntan lotion, lay back, put on your headphones, and listen to some of our best segments from the past several months.

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Full Show: Come Together

Author: WGBH
Fri, Jun 03, 2016


Relationships with friends, spouses, and... robots? This week on Innovation Hub: coming together.

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Pssssst, I Hear This Podcast Is About the Science of Gossip

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 02, 2016


Did you hear that Karl’s going to get fired? Frank McAndrew explores the science of gossip, and explains why it isn’t always a bad thing.

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The Not-So-Golden Age of Marriage

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 02, 2016


Sharon Sassler and Stephanie Coontz explain how marriage is changing, and why that’s a good and bad thing.

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When People, Robots, and The Law Collide

Author: WGBH
Thu, Jun 02, 2016


When a driverless car kills someone, who will be held responsible? As robotic devices become more common, legal scholar Ryan Calo tells us how they’ll interact with the legal system.

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Full Show: It's All Politics

Author: WGBH
Fri, May 27, 2016


This week on Innovation Hub: We’re talking politics. (But no election news -- we promise!)

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How Global Warming Will Reshape Our World

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 26, 2016


Climate change. Electric cars. Carbon taxes. The future of energy is confusing. Fortunately, we’ve got former Energy Secretary Steven Chu to guide us through it.

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Outraged: Why We Condemn

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 26, 2016


Moral outrage is a powerful thing. But why do we care what other people do? Researcher Jillian Jordan explains.

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Rent is Still Too Damn High

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 26, 2016


Rent is getting higher and Airbnb might be to blame. Steven Hill explains.

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Want To Find Out What Colleges Are Really Teaching? Look At The Syllabus

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 26, 2016


What’s the most taught book in college courses? Joe Karaganis has combed through a million syllabi to find out exactly what colleges are actually teaching kids.

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Why Science Is Still Under Attack

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 26, 2016


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.

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Full Show: Money Problems

Author: WGBH
Fri, May 20, 2016


This week on Innovation Hub: Money Problems. We hear from a tiny town in Manitoba, Matt Zwolinski, Garrett Bradley, and Sarah Jeong.

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Do You, Like... Like Us?

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 19, 2016


Where do Facebook likes come from? Friends, fans, and - if you’ve got money - Bangladesh. Filmmaker Garrett Bradley takes us into the world of paid Facebook likes.

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Money for Nothing

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 19, 2016


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

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Surveillance, Privacy, and Creditors

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 19, 2016


With the help of technology, creditors are going to unprecedented (and sometimes illegal) lengths to pursue debtors.

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Full Show: Modification

Author: WGBH
Fri, May 13, 2016


Sometimes, things just aren’t working out. Your product isn’t catching on, your webcomic isn’t that popular, your baby isn’t a super-genius. That’s when you have to change stuff up, get a new perspective, shift everything around. That’s when you have to modify. This week on Innovation Hub, we’ve got stories about modification, in all its forms.

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Full Show: Status Quo

Author: WGBH
Fri, May 06, 2016


Steven Strogatz tells us how to make math relevant and, yes, fun. Plus, Mo Lotman says we need to be more skeptical than we are of the technology that pervades our lives. Finally, Janette Sadik-Khan says that more streets leads to more traffic. She explains how cities can be smarter.

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A Brighter Future for Cities

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 05, 2016


If you want to see the future of smart cities, go out at night and look up. Amy Huntington explains how streetlights can be high tech.

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Say Goodbye to "Highway Hypnosis": The Future of Transportation

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 05, 2016


Janette Sadik-Khan thinks it’s time we take to the streets and fix our transportation problems.

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Screen Sabbaths and Other Tips from a Technoskeptic

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 05, 2016


Is technology all it’s cracked up to be? Mo Lotman, a self-described “technoskeptic,” thinks not.

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Why Math Education Doesn't Add Up

Author: WGBH
Thu, May 05, 2016


Were you bored during math class? That’s a problem. Steven Strogatz tells us how to fix it.

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Shyp: Bringing Back W-2s

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


In a world where you can order a ride with a single tap on your phone, one CEO decided to make an expensive decision: hire actual employees, not contractors.

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Supertemps to the Rescue! Sort Of

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


The gig economy isn’t only for Uber drivers. Jody Greenstone Miller explains.

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The Hippest Place in Town Might Be Your Office

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


Are coworking spaces worth the hype? Maybe. Maybe not.

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The Three Ways Work Could - and Should - Change

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


No performance reviews, unlimited vacation, free food… these aren’t just the idle dreams of Bob in accounting. David Burkus tells us how work can - and should - change for the better.

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Full Show: Change Your Job

Author: WGBH
Thu, Apr 28, 2016


Turns out, cool company perks aren’t just there to make you feel better. But how bad can ulterior motives be, if they get you free pizza? Plus, the gig economy may screw over the middle class, but it’s great for the 1%. Jody Greenstone Miller explains. And finally, we visit what might just be the workplace of the future.

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Full Show: Hidden Truths

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


America’s best weapon against terrorism might be Silicon Valley. But will they agree to fight? And NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is home to an awesome, but forgotten, story. Nathalia Holt unveils the secret history of NASA’s rocket girls. Finally, it turns out, a high GPA might not be as great as you think. Matthew Mayhew, professor at NYU, tells us why.

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Grades Don't Equal Innovation

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


Are you proud of your kid for getting straight A’s in college? Well, high grades don’t mean you’re innovative. Matthew Mayhew explains.

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One Teen's Story of Science Sexism

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


How one student dealt with sexism in STEM.

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Silicon Valley Goes to War, Maybe

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


What should Silicon Valley’s role be in the fight against terrorism? Fred Kaplan tells us what’s going on behind closed doors.

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The Secret History of the Rocket Girls

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


Nathalia Holt unveils the secret history of female rocket scientists.

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Full Show: Chasing Celebrity

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


No photos please. This week on Innovation Hub: fame, celebrity, and how they're changing.

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Full Show: Big Problems

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


Big problems. Robert Wachter talks about the downsides of medical technology. Lani Guinier and Deborah Bial explain the issues plaguing college admissions. And Kurt Gray tells us about our minds.

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Making a Better Sunscreen

Author: WGBH
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


Traditional sunscreens have chemicals that can seep into our bodies. Not cool, right? Biomedical engineer Mark Saltzman thinks he might have a sticky solution to the problem.

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The Mysteries of Our Minds

Author: WGBH
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


Think politics is polarized? Author Kurt Gray explains why we’ve evolved to break into groups so easily.

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The Real Issues Behind Getting Into College

Author: WGBH
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


College admissions aren’t just stressful and annoying; they shape the future of our country. Lani Guinier and Deborah Bial explain why they’re so important.

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When Tech Fails In The Doctor's Office

Author: WGBH
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


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.

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Full Show: Defining Ourselves

Author: WGBH
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


The U.S. census is struggling to adapt to the 21st century. It turns out, opposites don’t attract. And why modern society owes a lot to air travel.

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