The Rollercoaster Was Invented to Save America from Satan
- 4m 14s
In the 1880s, LaMarcus Thompson was troubled by America's slide into hedonism and immorality. Out of that concern, we got the rollercoaster.
This Inventor Risked His Life on His Own Invention
- 4m 51s
In 1916, 32 men were trapped in a mine near Lake Erie. Garrett Morgan saw an opportunity to prove his fireproof hood worked - and went in to rescue them.
Meet the First Self-Made Female Millionaire
- 4m 31s
Madam C.J. Walker was suffering from poverty and hair loss when she decided to concoct a hair regrowth lotion to heal her damaged scalp. Fast forward a handful of years and millions of dollars later, Walker was leading one of the most successful, and philanthropic, cosmetic companies to date.
How the 3D Printer is Shaking up the Medical World
- 4m 50s
The applications of 3D printing are nearly endless - but it's in the medical world where they're making a huge difference. The story of this 12-year-old boy from South Sudan shows us how.
This Teenager Created a Military-Grade Sensor
From: Genius in America
- 1m 47s
Saumil Bandyopadhyay was only 15 years old when he designed a device that detects ultraviolet and infrared emissions at room temperature without needing liquid nitrogen.
How Contacting the Dead Became a Family Game
- 3m 50s
After the Civil War, one man decided there was money to be made in contacting the dead. So he invented a popular, occult board game that lives on today.
How a Teenager from Idaho Invented TV
- 5m 9s
In 1921, radio ruled the airwaves and TV was a distant dream no one could turn into reality. Enter a scarily smart teenage sharecropper named Philo Farnsworth.
How the Pacemaker Developed from an Everyday Radio
- 4m 9s
When Wilson Greatbatch invented the pacemaker, he was fulfilling a promise he'd made to God: keep him alive during WWII, and he'd dedicate his life to helping others.
This Inventor Beat the Wright Brothers at Their Own Game
- 4m 46s
In 1908, in order to prove his new plane was better than the Wright Brothers' model, Glenn Curtiss accepted a daunting challenge they had declined: a ,500 prize to be the first to fly 5,000 feet in public.
The Smiley Face Was Invented for Corporate America
- 3m 36s
A yellow circle with simply drawn eyes and a smile has become one of the most recognized American graphics. It was first created for an insurance company in the 1960s by artist Harvey Ball.
Genius in America
One lands on Mars. One jams with David Byrne. Meet the recipients of the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awards.
My Million Dollar Invention
- 8 Episodes
From revolvers to smiley faces to Ouija Boards, discover the fascinating origins of some of history's million-dollar inventions.