Jul 19, 2009 — On the eve of the moon landing anniversary, Host Liane Hansen speaks with Daniel Wilson, author of Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived, about all of the predictions for spaceflight that never came to pass.
Oct 3, 2008 — In 1967, Robert Kearns received patents for inventing intermittent car windshield wipers. He offered his idea to automakers but was turned away. When Ford and Chrysler started manufacturing cars with wipers without crediting Kearns, he took the case all the way to the Supreme Court. A new film called Flash of Genius tells his story.
May 5, 2007 — Roboticist and author Daniel Wilson's new book is: Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived. He tells the stories of technologies from years past that were supposed to be commonplace by now.
Nov 21, 2005 — "Excitement abounds in this breathtaking and immensely satisfying novel," writes children's librarian Maria Salvadore in her roundup of holiday book selections for kids.
Nov 21, 2005 — Long after the remote control car dies and the talking dolls stops working, children will return to the books loved adults give them. Children's librarian Maria Salvadore shares her favorites from 2005. A printable list and excerpts are featured.
Nov 5, 2004 — Historian Harold Evans talks about great inventions by Americans. Evans' book, They Made America, profiles well-known inventors, and some obscure geniuses — the inventors of the gas mask, the credit rating and the retail franchise. Hear Evans and NPR's Steve Inskeep.
Oct 22, 2004 — We talk to business journalist Evan Schwartz, author of Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives Today's World-Class Inventors, about the creative juices that make inventors unique.