A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and has an idea. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die. By studying inventions like these - the sippy cup, the cell phone, and an ingenious hospital bed - we can learn how people imagine their way around "impossible" problems to discover groundbreaking answers.
One day in late November, an earth and environmental science professor named Nathan Phillips visited Breitbart News for the first time. Phillips had heard about the hateful headlines on the site — like “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” — and wondered what kind of companies would support such messages with their ad dollars. When he clicked on the site, he was shocked to discover ads for universities, including one for the graduate school where he’d received his own degree — Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “That was a punch in the stomach,” he said.
"How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and Fake News" is from the January 06, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Pagan Kennedy and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"The Pregnancy Test Scandal" is from the July 31, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Pagan Kennedy and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
A businessman struggles with his luggage at an airport and pioneers the wheeled suitcase. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and dreams up the mobile phone. A printer is frustrated by his unpredictable inks and creates the Pantone colour system. Why were these particular people able to identify problems, and how did they discover the solutions that everyone else missed? Where exactly did their great ideas come from, and how did they go about making them into reality?
"The Thin Gene" is from the November 26, 2016 Health section of The New York Times. It was written by Pagan Kennedy and narrated by Caroline Miller.