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Innovation Hub

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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.

2017 WGBH Educational Foundation

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.

2017 WGBH Educational Foundation
299hr 34min
Thumbnail for "The People Powering AI Decisions".
Sometimes, human intelligence trumps artificial.
Thumbnail for "The Lost Art of Listening".
In a world full of noise, is anyone being heard?
Thumbnail for "The Evolution of Play".
Child’s play isn’t just a game.
Thumbnail for "When Romance Meets Ratios".
Dating and demographics are surprisingly intertwined.
Thumbnail for " Why Exercise? ".
The science behind why you’re sweating away on a stationary bike.
Thumbnail for "How Gay Marriage Won".
A quarter-century ago, America was far from married to the idea of same-sex marriage.
Thumbnail for "Will The Future of Work Leave Workers Behind?".
Coming to a place near you: more robots.
Thumbnail for "How the West Dominated Our Brains".
It’s a weird, weird world.
Thumbnail for "FIXED: Walter Isaacson on How Gene Editing Will Change Life".
CRISPR has enabled us to manipulate the code of life. Where might it take us next?
Thumbnail for "Sal Khan on Leveling the Playing Field, In and Out of the Classroom".
Father of online education weighs in on learning loss, screen fatigue and education no longer bound by time and space.
Thumbnail for "Pandemic Politics Hit the Classroom".
Third time’s the charm? Back to school comes with a new set of challenges in 2021.
Thumbnail for "Has Cleaning Gone Too Far?".
The world has gotten really clean during the pandemic and our hyper-sanitized lives may pose health risks.
Thumbnail for "America's Sherlock".
Amidst speakeasies, mob deals, and train robbers, one man was reinventing what it took to catch a crook.
Thumbnail for "Can Capitalism Save Us from Capitalism?".
Social and environmental concerns are now corporate America’s concerns. Can it solve them?
Thumbnail for "How to Beat Burnout".
It took a global pandemic to show us that our workplace stress levels are unsustainable.
Thumbnail for "Climate Migration Is Already Here And It's Going To Get Worse".
A new migration crisis looms on the horizon. Where will people go when a changing climate renders their homelands uninhabitable? And what can governments do about it?
Thumbnail for "The Amazon Effect".
What accounts for the extraordinary rise of Amazon, and what does that rise tell us about ourselves?
Thumbnail for "To Rethink the Constitution".
Regarding the Constitution as divine amounts to “constitutional fundamentalism,” according to one legal scholar.
Thumbnail for "A Learning Revolution for a Post-Pandemic World".
An earthquake in education pushes us into the future of learning.
Thumbnail for "The Death Grip of Email".
Are we doing our work, or just talking about it?
Thumbnail for "Inventing Latinos".
“Latino” describes nearly a fifth of the U.S. population — yet the term only caught on in the 1980s.
Thumbnail for " What’s The Point of Exercise? ".
The science behind why you’re sweating away on a stationary bike.
Thumbnail for "To Crack the Code of Wall Street".
To get rich quick, maybe just take a math class.
Thumbnail for "A Goodbye To Language As You Know It".
Language isn’t what it used to be - but that’s actually completely normal.
Thumbnail for "The Man Behind 24-Hour News".
Before Twitter, before Facebook, before Fox News, there was CNN
Thumbnail for "The Watch Named Arnold".
How did materials science lead to our 24/7 world?
Thumbnail for "Why We Can’t Quit Cities".
A historian’s ode to the resilient city, warts and all.
Thumbnail for "The Future of Traffic".
There's only one way to end congestion. Here it is...
Thumbnail for "Why It’s Hard to See that Less Is More".
We systematically default to adding, even when taking away is the clear answer to our problems.
Thumbnail for "How COVID Has Crushed Working Women".
Before the pandemic, more women were on the non-farm payroll than men. Can they bounce back?
Thumbnail for "An Invisible Future for American Jobs".
Fewer and fewer Americans work in places like steel mills or on assembly lines, while more and more work in health care — and that’s no coincidence.
Thumbnail for "Take a Look at This Photograph".
How we changed photography, and photography changed us
Thumbnail for "The Made Up World of Money".
Faith is all that separates cash from printer paper
Thumbnail for "The Internet Never Forgets".
Adolescent transgressions once confined to yearbooks are becoming immortal.
Thumbnail for "International Espionage With a Side of Corn".
What happens when international espionage goes wrong?
Thumbnail for "Should We Dial Back Democracy?".
When it comes to democracy, sometimes less is more, argues one economist.
Thumbnail for "Designing a More Just City".
An architect and urban planner shares her ambitious vision for creating more just and equitable cities in America.
Thumbnail for "Secret Life of the Supermarket".
How the grocery store became our one-stop food haven — and the dark side that comes with that.
Thumbnail for "Can You Rethink How You Think?".
Unlike smartphones, our mental hardware is tremendously changeable. Here’s how our remarkably nimble brains rewire themselves.
Thumbnail for "Your State’s Politics Might Be The Death of You".
Your health and life span are deeply impacted by the choices of state politicians
Thumbnail for "Can Capitalism Save Us?".
Social and environmental concerns are now corporate America’s concerns. Can it solve them?
Thumbnail for "Walter Isaacson On How Gene Editing Will Change Your Life".
CRISPR has enabled us to manipulate the code of life. Where might it take us next?
Thumbnail for "Email’s Death Grip".
Are we doing our work, or just talking about it?
Thumbnail for "Has Coronavirus Cleaning Gone Too Far?".
The world has gotten really clean during the pandemic and our hyper-sanitized lives may pose health risks.
Thumbnail for "America's Sherlock Holmes".
Amidst speakeasies, mob deals, and train robbers, one man was reinventing what it took to catch a crook.
Thumbnail for "Rethinking the Constitution".
Regarding the Constitution as divine amounts to “constitutional fundamentalism,” according to one legal scholar.
Thumbnail for "From the Plow to Birth Control: How Tech Reshapes Relationships".
What happens when tech influences every aspect of our lives - even who we meet, and what our families look like?
Thumbnail for "How to End Child Poverty with Social Security".
A Social Security benefit for the nation’s neediest kids would virtually eradicate poverty for children, says one leading economist.
Thumbnail for "The True Toll of Loneliness".
Loneliness has been on everyone’s mind lately, but what impact might it be having on our bodies?
Thumbnail for "Society in the Time of Plague".
We shall overcome, but how long will it take? A leading sociologist and physician explains why we are only at the “end of the beginning” of our struggle with coronavirus.
Thumbnail for "The Invisible Future of American Jobs".
Fewer and fewer Americans work in places like steel mills or on assembly lines, while more and more work in health care — and that’s no coincidence.
Thumbnail for "Look At This Photograph".
How we changed photography, and photography changed us
Thumbnail for "The Man Who Invented 24-Hour News".
Before Twitter, before Facebook, before Fox News, there was CNN
Thumbnail for "A Watch Named Arnold".
How did materials science lead to our 24/7 world?
Thumbnail for "How the 1% Affect You".
Why many of us lose when the wealthiest move out of high-tax cities.
Thumbnail for "The Stories that Drive the Stock Market".
Numbers don’t always determine stock prices: sometimes our lives and emotions do.
Thumbnail for "What You (Don’t) Know About George Washington".
Turns out, there’s a lot more to America’s first president than what you learned in third grade.
Thumbnail for "Makings of Modern Conservatism".
A century ago, the Republican Party supported both big business and big government.
Thumbnail for "Public Schools, Education, and The Coronavirus".
This week on Innovation Hub we rerun an education roundtable that examines how COVID-19 has impacted the future of learning.
Thumbnail for "The Secret Life of the Supermarket".
How the grocery store became our one-stop food haven — and the dark side that comes with that.
Thumbnail for "The Case for Rapid Tests".
Expanding rapid testing for COVID-19 in the U.S. has been anything but rapid. Here’s why.
Thumbnail for "The Devastating Overlap of Obesity and COVID-19".
Could diet and exercise reduce COVID’s impact? A leading cardiologist says yes.
Thumbnail for "Come Fly With Me - Reinventing Travel After COVID".
COVID-19 has crushed the global travel and tourism business, but some believe a more sustainable future awaits.
Thumbnail for "Strike While the Hand is Hot".
You’re on a roll, but is it skill or just dumb luck?
Thumbnail for "Designing for Humans".
Many products are painstakingly tailored to the needs of the consumer but design didn’t always work that way.
Thumbnail for "Does the Office Have a Future?".
We may have left office jobs in the pre-pandemic world
Thumbnail for "Fighting a Mental Health Pandemic ".
COVID has thrown us into a mental health crisis. Can online therapy help?
Thumbnail for "How the West Came to Dominate Our Brains".
It’s a weird, weird world.
Thumbnail for "Public Education in the Age of COVID and Beyond".
A roundtable of scholars and parents consider the lasting impact of the pandemic on schools and students.
Thumbnail for "How Big Tech is Pushing Artists Out of Work".
Could we be heading into a world with far less art?
Thumbnail for "The Crap We Keep Around".
How did we fall in love with junk?
Thumbnail for "Fareed Zakaria’s Guide to a Post-Pandemic Age ".
COVID has turned our world upside down. It’s also created a moment to finally turn things right side up, according to Zakaria.
Thumbnail for "Can You Reinvent the Supreme Court?".
How the judicial branch went out on a partisan limb
Thumbnail for "An Imperfect Toolkit for COVID-19".
When it comes to fighting the new coronavirus, one infectious disease expert says there’s no silver bullet, but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Thumbnail for "Why Social Media Is So Captivating ".
It draws us in and riles us up — but we still can’t look away
Thumbnail for "The Cost of Unemployment".
With so many out of work, would it cost less to provide more jobs?
Thumbnail for "Keeping America Number 1".
The U.S. has the world’s largest economy, but for how much longer?
Thumbnail for "How Covid Could Launch a New Health Era".
From pandemic to Health Age in 10, 9, 8, 7...
Thumbnail for "How We'll Live with COVID-19".
If you thought you lived in an unequal world before, get ready.
Thumbnail for "The Plow to Birth Control: How Tech Reshapes Relationships".
What happens when tech influences every aspect of our lives - even who we meet, and what our families look like?
Thumbnail for "The Potency of Sleep".
If the Sandman has been conspicuously absent lately, there’s a reason for that.
Thumbnail for "Powers of Persuasion".
What does it take to change someone’s mind?
Thumbnail for "Will Corona Change College Forever?".
Colleges were already facing hard times. Could the pandemic be the tipping point to upend the whole industry?
Thumbnail for "Reopening Colleges, Reopening Society".
Colleges need to help their students, not punish or police them, says one epidemiologist.
Thumbnail for "The Myth of a Gendered Brain".
Is there a real difference between men and women’s brains?
Thumbnail for "The Story of Leland Stanford: an American Disruptor".
Ever wonder about the Stanford behind Stanford University?
Thumbnail for "The Rise of the Comedians".
Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but stand-up comedy is no joke.
Thumbnail for "Fast Fashion Might Need To Slow Down".
That $15 shirt you just bought may be more costly than you know.
Thumbnail for "Hacking our Democracy".
How can you help make our elections secure? Double check your paper ballot.
Thumbnail for "Can You Hear Me?".
The world is getting louder and our hearing is paying the price.
Thumbnail for "Is Race Science Coming Back?".
How did societal prejudices inform our scientific understanding of ‘race’?
Thumbnail for " Is Meritocracy Damaging Our Economy?".
Meritocracy is supposed to reward the talented. Instead, it’s excluding almost everyone.
Thumbnail for "To Understand Risk - Play Poker".
If you want to learn more about risk and probability, it’s a good idea to ante up.
Thumbnail for "Tipping the Scales: When America Started Moralizing Food".
We didn’t always want to be skinny. Kids didn’t always need separate menus. And we haven’t always known about calories. So what changed?
Thumbnail for "COVID-19’s Crisis of Care Costs Working Mothers".
How can women juggle working and parenting during a pandemic?
Thumbnail for "The World Behind Wikipedia".
What do you get when you assemble an army of volunteers and hope they do their best?
Thumbnail for "The Future of Our Pandemic".
In recent weeks, many states have seen significant increases in COVID-19 cases. What will it take to change the trajectory?
Thumbnail for "The Culture of COVID-19".
Culture plays a significant role in how we respond to the current pandemic.
Thumbnail for "A Surprising, Gross, and Utterly Fascinating Look at the Birth of Science".
A few hundred years ago, the worlds of science and magic were one and the same. The Royal Society helped change that.
Thumbnail for "A Compulsion to Be Good".
It’s hard to imagine life without other people. But would everyone be better off on their own?
Thumbnail for "Saying Goodbye To Language As You Know It".
Language isn’t what it used to be - but that’s actually completely normal.
Thumbnail for "Educating Kids in a Pandemic".
School’s out for summer, but the educational losses caused by the coronavirus are only just beginning to be understood.
Thumbnail for "Baby Boom or Baby Bust?".
What effect will social distancing and financial uncertainty have on birth rates?
Thumbnail for "The Makings of Modern Conservatism".
A century ago, the Republican Party supported both big business and big government.
Thumbnail for "Designing for You".
Many products are painstakingly tailored to the needs of the consumer but design didn’t always work that way.
Thumbnail for "A Tale of Two Pandemics".
There’s another pandemic that’s making COVID-19 much, much worse. Obesity.
Thumbnail for "The Power of Play".
Child’s play isn’t just a game.
Thumbnail for "Democracy in Decay".
Never before have converging threats to our democracy been so grave, argues one political scientist, and the need to protect it so urgent.
Thumbnail for "Climate Change in the Time of Coronavirus".
Global carbon emissions dipped during lockdowns, but not by enough to significantly curb climate change.
Thumbnail for "The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine".
Teams around the world are working at breakneck speed to create a COVID-19 vaccine, but are expectations about the timeline realistic?
Thumbnail for "Motown: The History Of A Hit Factory".
Berry Gordy Jr. built Motown from the ground up, using techniques he had learned as an assembly line worker in a car factory. In the process, he created stars like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder.
Thumbnail for "Fixing Broken Hearts".
A possible cause of your achy-breaky heart? Your emotional well-being. Dr. Sandeep Jauhar explains the connection between feelings and the health of your heart.
Thumbnail for "The Great Reopening".
One of the country’s leading infectious disease epidemiologists says, in the rush to reopen states, there’s no plan for what lies ahead.
Thumbnail for "The Slow Burn of a Long Term Slowdown".
We used to be the hare, but now we may be the tortoise.
Thumbnail for "The Value of a Human Life".
You might not be able to put a price tag on human life, but certain people do. Here’s why.
Thumbnail for "Global Risks of a Global Pandemic".
What will a post-coronavirus world look like?
Thumbnail for "A Path Out Of A Pandemic".
As we continue to fight the coronavirus, is there a safe way to reopen sections of society?
Thumbnail for "What You Don’t Know About George Washington".
Turns out, there’s a lot more to America’s first president than what you learned in third grade.
Thumbnail for "The Economics of a Global Emergency".
In a national recession, who is hit hardest? How will we recover? And how do robots fit into the picture?
Thumbnail for "Science for Sale".
A former head of OSHA explains why science is under attack during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thumbnail for "A Modern Mayflower: Autonomous Driving Takes to the Water".
The Mayflower sailed 400 years ago with 102 passengers. This year, another Mayflower will sail the same course unmanned.
Thumbnail for "Understanding Why Neighborhoods Matter".
How much does the zip code you grow up in, determine your future?
Thumbnail for "Using Less and Getting More".
Using fewer resources while still growing the economy seems like a dream. But is it reality?
Thumbnail for "Tools To Fight A Pandemic".
What will it take to stop the coronavirus?
Thumbnail for "How The Coronavirus Will Shape Our Cities".
What will we need to do to safely reclaim our urban spaces after COVID-19?
Thumbnail for "The Advantage Of Being A Generalist".
Is it better to be a Jack of all trades or a master of one?
Thumbnail for "WiFi-Equipped Plants Need No Green Thumb".
Want to know how to grow produce inside, without soil or sunlight?
Thumbnail for "Striking While the Hand is Hot".
You’re on a roll, but is it skill or just dumb luck?
Thumbnail for "The Real Cost of Expensive Housing".
High-priced housing hurts more than just your wallet — it’s hurting America.
Thumbnail for "Home DNA Tests Reveal More Than We Bargained For".
Are you really who you think you are?
Thumbnail for "Out of Focus: Concentrating in a Distracting World".
If you want to get something done, you might need to make some lifestyle changes.
Thumbnail for "Reinventing Schools For An Era Of Innovation".
Could an experiment at a small school, in the middle of a field in rural North Dakota, inspire a revolution in America’s public education system?
Thumbnail for "The Worldwide Web’s Worldwide Reach".
Does the virtual world change cultural norms, or conform to them?
Thumbnail for "FDR’s Overhaul: The New Deal and Its Lasting Legacy".
The New Deal built networks of new roads, but it also paved the way for our country’s future.
Thumbnail for "Battles Over Barbie: The Question of Intellectual Property".
Barbie’s personal stylist created Bratz dolls. Could he prove he didn’t steal the idea?
Thumbnail for "Political Teamsmanship".
We live in deeply polarized political times. But how did we get here, and where are we headed?
Thumbnail for "Cracking the Code on Wall Street".
To get rich quick, maybe just take a math class.
Thumbnail for "Can You Hear Me Now?".
The world is getting louder and our hearing is paying the price.
Thumbnail for "Funding the Cure: But For Whom?".
Drug companies often focus on finding a cure for rare diseases, rather than common ones.
Thumbnail for "Tipping the Scales: How America Started Moralizing Food".
We didn’t always want to be skinny. Kids didn’t always need separate menus. And we haven’t always known about calories. So what changed?
Thumbnail for "The Race for Nuclear Power".
The U.S. and Germany both tried to create atomic bombs during WWII, but we got there first. How?
Thumbnail for "The American Achievement of Advertising Apollo".
Marketing isn’t rocket science — until NASA gets involved.
Thumbnail for "The Myth of the Gendered Brain".
Is there a real difference between men and women’s brains?
Thumbnail for "Leland Stanford: an American Disruptor".
Ever wonder about the Stanford behind Stanford University?
Thumbnail for "The Death of the Corporate Welfare State".
In the 1950s and 60s, lots of people had job security, annual raises, and pensions. So… what changed?
Thumbnail for "The Story Behind Wikipedia".
What do you get when you assemble an army of volunteers and hope they do their best?
Thumbnail for "Becoming An Effective Learner".
There are lots of techniques and strategies for learning, but what really works? We explore the latest research.
Thumbnail for "When It Comes to Learning Language, Age Isn’t Just A Number ".
Many of us have tried learning a second language. But it turns out: there’s a ticking clock on how long we can do it well. And now we know when the countdown ends.
Thumbnail for "Do Extracurricular Math Programs Add Up?".
How is Russian math helping American students?
Thumbnail for "From Giving In To Giving Up: A Neuroscientist’s Journey from Addiction to Recovery".
What can the brain tell us about addiction? A recovering addict and neuroscientist explains.
Thumbnail for "Inventing A United States Of Europe".
Immigration, borders, economic inequality and nationalism are some of the challenges facing modern-day Europe - sound familiar? Here’s why Europe’s problems often echo our own and why we should care.
Thumbnail for "Loons that Shoot for the Moon".
How have many innovative ideas repeatedly been shut down, ignored or written off?
Thumbnail for "Why Aren’t We Happier?".
Many people spend time and energy trying to escape from unpleasant thoughts and feelings, but could they have a useful purpose?
Thumbnail for "The Power of Conservative Talk Radio".
How conservative radio hosts got politicians to walk their walk and talk their talk.
Thumbnail for "The Rise of the Comedian".
Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but stand-up comedy is no joke.
Thumbnail for "Why Fast Fashion Might Need To Slow Down".
That $15 shirt you just bought may be more costly than you know.
Thumbnail for "The Secret Agency that Created Agent Orange, Self-Driving Cars, and the Internet".
Sharon Weinberger talks about the secret military agency (DARPA) that created everything from stealth aircraft to the internet.
Thumbnail for "Honey, Income Inequality Led Me to Overwork the Kids".
Does income inequality lead to pushier parenting?
Thumbnail for "The Guitar Makers That Made Modern Music".
No one predicted that the invention of the solid-body electric guitar would lead to the rise of rock ‘n’ roll, not even the people who popularized it.
Thumbnail for "From Famous To Forgotten".
Why do some cultural icons stay memorable for generations, while others are forgotten?
Thumbnail for " Our Compulsion to Be Good".
It’s hard to imagine life without other people. But would everyone be better off on their own?
Thumbnail for "What’s Missing From Childhood Today?".
Child’s play isn’t just a game.
Thumbnail for "The Great Unraveling of American Health Care".
Why have so many attempts to reform our market-driven health care system failed and how might that history inform us about the challenges that lie ahead?
Thumbnail for "Understanding Why Neighborhoods Matter".
How much does the zip code you grow up in, determine your future?
Thumbnail for "Using Less and Getting More".
Using fewer resources while still growing the economy seems like a dream. But is it reality?
Thumbnail for "Cleanliness, Health...and Microbes".
Take a look around — you might not be able to see them, but they are everywhere. We are surrounded by forests of bacteria and jungles of microbes. And it turns out, that might not be such a bad thing. But our obsession with cleanliness could be.
Thumbnail for "Lessons From The World’s Quirkiest Innovators".
What makes the most inventive minds tick?
Thumbnail for "Feeling Lonely? You’ve Got Company".
New tech has promised us more and more connections. So why do Americans feel so lonely?
Thumbnail for "What's Our Tech Doing to Our Brains?".
For better or worse, our devices are changing us.
Thumbnail for "What’s So Bad About A Little Ego?".
That ego trip’s not going to take you anywhere — here’s why.
Thumbnail for "Approaching the Future: How We Think About Tomorrow".
Forget crystal balls — can marshmallows really help us predict the future?
Thumbnail for "Is Race Science Making a Comeback?".
How did societal prejudices inform our scientific understanding of ‘race’?
Thumbnail for "Say Goodbye To Language As You Know It".
Language isn’t what it used to be - but that’s actually completely normal.
Thumbnail for "Fools for Fossil Fuels: A History of Climate Change Inaction".
In the 1980s, we had the opportunity to reverse climate change. Why didn’t we?
Thumbnail for "What IS Evil, Really?".
Is there a benefit to understanding our darker side?
Thumbnail for "How is Meritocracy Damaging Our Economy?".
Meritocracy is supposed to reward the talented. Instead, it’s excluding almost everyone.
Thumbnail for "The Real Cost of Expensive Housing".
High-priced housing hurts more than just your wallet — it’s hurting America
Thumbnail for "Reinventing Schools For An Era Of Innovation".
Could an experiment at a small school, in the middle of a field in rural North Dakota, inspire a revolution in America’s public education system?
Thumbnail for "The Worldwide Web’s Worldwide Reach".
Does the virtual world change cultural norms, or conform to them?
Thumbnail for "FDR’s Overhaul: The New Deal and Its Lasting Legacy".
The New Deal built networks of new roads, but it also paved the way for our country’s future.
Thumbnail for "Battles Over Barbie: The Question of Intellectual Property".
Barbie’s personal stylist created Bratz dolls. Could he prove he didn’t steal the idea?
Thumbnail for "Humans: We May Not Be As Special As We Think".
How similar are we to other animals, and what sets us apart?
Thumbnail for "Television Created the Scientist Star".
How has television changed the face of science, and in what ways has science communication changed because of television?
Thumbnail for "China Deal, or No China Deal?".
A global battle over innovation.
Thumbnail for "What’s Worth Worrying About?".
Are you worrying about the wrong things? Researchers explain why we need to stop stressing about rare events, and focus our attention on more commonplace risks.