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From agriculture to the X-ray machine, Stuff to Blow Your Mind hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the inventions we created, and how they created us.
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The Motion Picture

54:21 | May 6th

In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe continue their exploration of photographic technology by taking it to the next phase in its evolution: the motion picture!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Atlatl Spear Thrower

1:00:12 | Jun 10th

The spear is a truly ancient human technology, but this preceded one of humanity’s oldest mechanical inventions: the atlatl or spear thrower. In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the history and physics of this amazing hunting device....Show More
Listener Mail: Mothers of Invention

1:01:15 | Jun 3rd

Finally, it's listener mail time on Invention! You've wrote in with your thoughts on past episodes and now Robert and Joe are going to read some of them -- with the help of a brand new mailbot.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart...Show More
The Motion Picture, Part 3

1:07:05 | May 27th

Finally, Robert and Joe finish their look at early motion picture history and invention, discussing some early examples of narrative film and how it continues to manipulate our senses and minds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart...Show More
A Motion Picture Mystery

57:36 | May 20th

In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe talk with show researcher Scott Benjamin about a mysterious disappearance in the history of the motion picture. What happened to Louis Le Prince and his claim on the invention?  Learn more about your ad-ch...Show More
The Motion Picture, Part 2

46:22 | May 13th

In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe continue their exploration of photographic technology by taking it to the next phase in its evolution: the motion picture!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Camera, Part 3

1:04:40 | Apr 29th

Photography is one of the most important technological, artistic and cultural advancements of the 19th century. In the third part of their look at the invention of photography, Robert and Joe consider follow the evolution of photography and move towa...Show More
The Camera, Part 2

1:00:10 | Apr 22nd

Photography is one of the most important technological, artistic and cultural advancements of the 19th century. In the second part of their look at the invention of photography, Robert and Joe consider look the dawn of photography and its major effec...Show More
The Camera, Part 1

49:35 | Apr 15th

Photography is one of the most important technological, artistic and cultural advancements of the 19th century. In the first part of their look at the invention of photography, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the limits of the pre-photographic...Show More
Camera Obscura

1:01:00 | Apr 8th

Before there was photography, there was the camera obscura. In the first of three episodes focusing on the invention of camera and motion picture technology, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss the ways that stationary and moving images changed our...Show More
Board Games, Part 2

1:02:47 | Apr 1st

Board games have only grown in variety and complexity in recent decades, but just how far back in time do these curious physical simulations go? In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the meeples of ancient history.  Lea...Show More
Board Games, Part 1

50:53 | Mar 25th

Board games have only grown in variety and complexity in recent decades, but just how far back in time do these curious physical simulations go? In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the meeples of ancient history.  Lea...Show More
Toilet, Part 2

56:27 | Mar 18th

While the toilet is not THE most important invention, it's certainly hard to imagine life without one -- and the advantages of modern flushing toilets go far beyond mere convenience. In this Invention two-parter, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore...Show More
Toilet, Part 1

50:56 | Mar 11th

While the toilet is not THE most important invention, it's certainly hard to imagine life without one -- and the advantages of modern flushing toilets go far beyond mere convivence. In this Invention two-parter, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore ...Show More
Braille

50:18 | Mar 4th

French educator and inventor Louis Braille invented a system of reading and writing for the blind in 1824. How did he develop it? How has it changed the world? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this episode of Invention.  Learn more about your...Show More
Walls

45:58 | Feb 25th

Walls area very old invention, but where did they first divide the tribes of humanity? To what extent were they successful? What can we learn about the modern world from discussions of ancient walls? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore it all in th...Show More
The Wheel, Part 2

42:23 | Feb 18th

The wheel is perhaps the most iconic of all inventions, and yet we are often too dismissive of wheel technology. We’ve been reinventing  the wheel for thousands of years and show no sign of stopping. In this Invention two-parter, Robert Lamb and Joe ...Show More
The Wheel, Part 1

54:11 | Feb 11th

The wheel is perhaps the most iconic of all inventions, and yet we are often too dismissive of wheel technology. We’ve been reinventing  the wheel for thousands of years and show no sign of stopping. In this Invention episode, Robert Lamb and Joe McC...Show More
Roads

34:25 | Feb 4th

Roads go ever, ever on, but where do they come from? What key innovations link the animal paths of pre-human times with the massive highway systems we know today? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this episode of Invention.  Learn more about y...Show More
The Saxophone

59:17 | Jan 28th

Few musical instruments are as associated with American music and culture as the saxophone, but it's origins go back to 19th century Belgian instrument maker's Parisian shop. Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this episode of Invention.  Learn ...Show More
The Death Ray, Part 2

57:07 | Jan 21st

From ancient myth and the inventions of Archimedes to the work of Tesla and countless sci-fi authors, the concept of a death ray is a powerful expression of technological might. But here’s the catch: they don’t quite exist. Join Robert Lamb and Joe M...Show More
The Death Ray, Part 1

1:21:39 | Jan 14th

From ancient myth and the inventions of Archimedes to the work of Tesla and countless sci-fi authors, the concept of a death ray is a powerful expression of technological might. But here’s the catch: they don’t quite exist. Join Robert Lamb and Joe M...Show More
The X-Ray

47:39 | Jan 7th

Just try to imagine modern medicine without x-rays. How did we ever get by without them and who is responsible for this amazing technological invention? Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for another eye-opening episode of Invention. Learn more about...Show More
Sun Glasses

47:03 | Dec 31st, 2018

It’s hard to imagine how anyone looked cool before the invention of sunglasses, but just when did humans pop their first pair of shades? In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss everything from the blinding white hell of ar...Show More
Toothpaste

53:56 | Dec 24th, 2018

Toothpaste is a vital substance in our war against tooth decay, but when did we first rub this stuff into our teeth and gums? In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick squeeze out the history and origins of toothpaste. Learn more ab...Show More
Chopsticks

56:32 | Dec 17th, 2018

Chopsticks are such an intuitive and precise eating utensil, it’s easy to assume they’ve been with us. But as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore, this neolithic invention didn’t really leave the kitchen for the dinner table in a major way till the...Show More
Guillotine

54:12 | Dec 10th, 2018

The 18th century Guillotine represents the absolute pinnacle of mechanical decapitation. In this episode of Inventions, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore its origins and legacy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-...Show More
The Vending Machine

42:30 | Dec 10th, 2018

Automatons that sell goods on behalf of humans? Vending machines are so ubiquitous in our world that we tend to overlook the weirdness and wonder of the advancement. In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick quest after the first ve...Show More
Invention Trailer: Daedalus

01:36 | Dec 3rd, 2018

From agriculture to the X-ray machine, hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the inventions we created, and how they created us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers