It was Thomas Edison who said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison, of course, is one of the great American inventors. This month, we’re delving into that equation with a look at innovation.

You can listen to the full episode here, or download by right-clicking this link:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

You can also head to the individual segments for full audio and more by clicking one any of the following links:

Roundtable: A Culture of Innovation
Fostering Independent Invention
Innovation in City Government: The Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability
Innovative Livestock




Roundtable: A Culture of Innovation

Left to Right: Nina Polok, Eddie Sturman, Andrea Chalfin, David Amster-Olszewski

Our roundtable this month features Eddie Sturman of Sturman Industries; David Amster-Olszewski, founder of the local solar energy company SunShare; and Nina Polok, Program Executive for the Bachelor of Innovation degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Listen to the edited version here, which begins with Nina and a definition of innovation:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

You can also listen to the full conversation here (about 1 hour, 9 minutes):

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.




Fostering Independent Invention

The amateur inventor has long been a central figure in the story of American innovation, embodying the entrepreneurial attitude and freethinking spirit that this country was founded on. Though, in recent history, innovation has increasingly become the prerogative of corporations, think tanks, and academic institutions, the amateur inventor still has important contributions to make. KRCC’s Jake Brownell explored one Colorado Springs-based organization devoted to supporting independent inventors in Southern Colorado. He has this story.

Follow the links below to learn more about the International Tesla Society and the specific inventions featured in this story:


Couch Defender


The Helileg


Handy Gas Helper

International Tesla Society

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.




Innovation in City Government: The Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability

We’ve heard a lot about innovation in terms of invention and entrepreneurial ship. But that’s not the only way in which innovation applies. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down with Nick Kittle and Jay Anderson of the Colorado Springs Office of Innovation and Sustainability to find out just how innovation works in city government. Nick begins the conversation with an explanation.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.




Innovative Livestock

(clipart image)

The Forest Service is showing a little innovation of its own to help clean up land damaged by coal mining. They’re partnering with a cattleman’s association in the far reaches of Pitkin County to repair damages from the Coal Basin mine outside Redstone. The mine stopped operating twenty years ago. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen set out to see how bovine behavior could help clean up nearby land.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Comments are closed.

News

AP
May 3, 2015 | NPR · At least 70 ancient sites in the Kathmandu Valley were damaged or destroyed in last month’s quake. Archaeologists and others are trying to protect and recover as much as they can, as fast as possible.
 

May 3, 2015 | NPR · On this day in 1997, Boris Kasparov, the world’s top chess player, faced off against IBM’s chess-playing supercomputer, Deep Blue — and lost. This week, professional poker players are trying something similar in Pittsburgh, and they’re winning.
 

May 3, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Anne Barnard, the New York Times Beirut bureau chief, about the state of the Syrian army. Might an end to four years of fighting be in sight?
 

Arts & Life

Danjaq/Eon/UA/The Kobal Collection
May 3, 2015 | NPR · The actress is best known for her role as Dr. Quinn, the physician on the American frontier. But her big break came years before, when she played 007′s tarot-reading love interest in Live and Let Die.
 

NPR
May 3, 2015 | NPR · The main character in Aleksandar Hemon’s new book is a hapless screenwriter who’s never faced real hardship. But after an affair with a Bosnian refugee, he can no longer avoid the realities of war.
 

May 3, 2015 | NPR · Each word provided is an anagram of something you might see in a kitchen. For example, “skin” is an anagram of “sink.”
 

Music

 John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
May 3, 2015 | NPR · Saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman’s new album for large ensemble is called Synovial Joints, after the different ways the human body moves. The MacArthur Fellow explains how nature inspires him.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 3, 2015 | NPR · The singer and pianist went from busking on the streets of Paris to eliciting Nina Simone comparisons and headlining sold-out shows, but he says he’s just lucky to be able to express himself.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 3, 2015 | NPR · “Boy, the truth of that song really came out,” says the 71-year-old soul artist and former lead singer of The Persuasions. He spent three months in a hospital due to an infected esophagus.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab