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How Thomas Edison Illuminated Modern America

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The 1893 Columbian Exposition introduced the United States as an industrial power on the world’s stage. As the exposition opened on May 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland illuminated the fairgrounds with the push of a button, the first time most of the exposition's attendees had ever seen a light bulb.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | February 26, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Studio 360

Nikola Tesla: Strange Genius

Friday, January 27, 2012

The astounding mad scientist life of Nikola Tesla. Just who was this pioneer of radio, radar, and wireless communication? We discover his legacy in the work of today’s scientists and artists. Samantha Hunt’s novel The Invention of Everything Else is a fictional portrait of Tesla. Monologist Mike Daisey tells us ...

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Studio 360

Angelina Jolie Behind the Camera

Friday, January 06, 2012

Kurt Andersen talks with Angelina Jolie about the challenges of making In the Land of Blood and Honey, her directorial debut, in Serbo-Croatian. We tell the story of lost audio recordings that predate Thomas Edison’s phonograph. And we announce the winner of our 420-character story contest.

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WNYC News

Today in History: Edison Patents the Electric Light Bulb

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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While the world is buzzing over Apple's latest product release, the iPad, it's appropriate that we look back at another pioneer of technology, Thomas Edison. Light_bulbOn this day in 1880, Edison patented the electric light bulb: U.S. ...

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WNYC News

Today in History: Thomas Edison

Thursday, February 19, 2009

On February 19, 1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph. He later recounts his initial words on the device.

'The first words I spoke in the original phonograph, a little speech of practical poetry: 'Mary had a little lamb, its ...

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Studio 360

Nikola Tesla: Strange Genius

Friday, November 28, 2008

The astounding mad scientist life of Nikola Tesla. Just who was this pioneer of radio, radar, and wireless communication? We discover his legacy in the work of today’s scientists and artists. Samantha Hunt’s novel The Invention of Everything Else is a fictional portrait of Tesla. Monologist Mike Daisey tells us how Tesla X-rayed Mark Twain’s head. And across the country, garage inventors toil in obscurity at the next breakthrough that will change the world.

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Studio 360

Nikola Tesla: Strange Genius

Friday, January 25, 2008

The astounding mad scientist life of Nikola Tesla. Just who was this pioneer of radio, radar, and wireless communication? We discover his legacy in the work of today’s scientists and artists. Samantha Hunt’s new novel The Invention of Everything Else is a fictional portrait of Tesla. Monologist Mike Daisey tells us how Tesla X-rayed Mark Twain’s head. And across the country, garage inventors toil in obscurity at the next breakthrough that will change the world.

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