April 23, 2014

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Caesar Salad -

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Welch’s Grape Juice -

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Le Labo -

Friday, March 21, 2014

ShotSpotter -

Monday, March 17, 2014

Chewing Gum -

Thursday, January 30, 2014

EarMuffs -

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sink Positive -

Sunday, January 5, 2014

First Christmas Card -

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Silly Bandz -

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Cheesehead -

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Brain Sentry -

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Episode #7: Brain Sentry -

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Soy Basics -

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sky Zone -

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Chicago Bears -

Monday, November 25, 2013

Scent Events -

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dole Pineapple -

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Method Home -

Friday, November 8, 2013

Farylrobin Footwear -

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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    Caesar Salad

    Caesar Salad – the name suggests European Cuisine, right? Wrong. Learn how a desperate restaurant owner in Mexico invented the famous Caesar Salad.

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    Welch’s Grape Juice

    You call it fruit juice. He called it non-alcoholic sacramental wine. And he invented it to keep his congregation sober during communion. Discover the original purpose behind Welch’s Grape Juice.

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    Le Labo

    Just-time-inventory and a no-fuss packaging approach gave Fabrice Penot a unique competitive advantage in the world of perfume.

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    ShotSpotter

    Gunshots in the night inspired this invention. How triangulation helps law enforcement find rogue shooters.

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    Chewing Gum

    A dictator was the inspiration for this modern treat. The amazing story of chewing gum.


Radio Stories

Why Didn't I Think of That?! Cafe Barcomi Brought New York Style Cheesecake to Berlin, Germany

Café Barcomi

Cynthia Barcomi went to Berlin as a professional dancer. But in the mid 90s she wanted to change direction and pursue her passion for baking. She thought there just might be a niche in Germany for her home-country baked goods.

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Airbnb

Air mattresses and breakfast – that’s how this $50 million company got started. Learn how three San Francisco entrepreneurs went from renting out their apartment to renting out castles, Igloos and Boeing 727s.

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Alka Seltzer

When Andrew Beardsley heard that reporters at a local newspaper used a mixture of aspirin and bicarbonate of soda to avoid colds and the flu, he investigated. In true entrepreneurial spirit, he had a chemist mix a concoction for sale.

History of tow trucks

Ernest Holmes Towing

One day, when business school executive John Wiley and his son were driving near Chattanooga TN, their Model T Ford veered to the right, crashed down an embankment and flipped upside down in a creek. They called auto mechanic Ernest Holmes for help.

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KitchenAid

Josephine Cochrane was a wealthy socialite with a problem- when her servants washed the dishes, they were chipping the china that had been in her family since the 17th century. But, at the time, there was no better way to clean dishes. So she invented one: the dishwasher.

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Eskimo Pie

Christian Nelson supplemented his income by managing an Iowa candy store. One day a boy with a nickel came in and asked, “Should I buy a candy bar? Or an ice cream sandwich?” This inspired Nelson decided to combine the two. He tried adhering melted chocolate to bricks of ice cream, but it wouldn’t stick. He kept failing until he added a little coco butter – and voila – the Eskimo Pie.

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EarMuffs

Chester Greenwood was a fifteen year old boy with cold ears. While ice skating one day in 1873, a bolt of inspiration struck him. He had his grandmother sew tufts of fur between some wire loops he had made, and the earmuffs were born.

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Evernote

Entrepreneur Phil Libin was fascinated by the memory process. He had a goal to create a product that would serve as everyone’s “second brain.”

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Caesar Salad

Apr 4, 2014

Caesar Salad – the name suggests European Cuisine, right? Wrong. Learn how a desperate restaurant owner in Mexico invented the famous Caesar Salad.

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Welch’s Grape Juice

Mar 24, 2014

You call it fruit juice. He called it non-alcoholic sacramental wine. And he invented it to keep his congregation sober during communion. Discover the original purpose behind Welch’s Grape Juice.

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ShotSpotter

Mar 17, 2014

Gunshots in the night inspired this invention. How triangulation helps law enforcement find rogue shooters.