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
August 26, 2016 | NPR · Three transgender plaintiffs challenging North Carolina’s law will be allowed to use the bathrooms that match their gender identities, at least until the case is tried in November.
 

August 26, 2016 | NPR · The judges say although an immigrant was convicted of using false documents to work, that doesn’t make her guilty of moral turpitude. One judge calls the case a waste of taxpayers’ money.
 

Toronto Pig Save/Screenshot by NPR
August 26, 2016 | NPR · Anita Krajnc is facing charges of criminal mischief because she gave water to pigs bound for the slaughterhouse. If convicted, she could be sentenced to six months in jail or a $5,000 fine.
 

Arts & Life

August 27, 2016 | NPR · Kij Johnson’s new novella follows an unlikely adventurer (and a small black cat) through a world built of dreams. It’s a wonder-quest that will hold you spellbound from start to finish.
 

Pat Scola/Courtesy of Miramax and Roadside Attractions
August 26, 2016 | NPR · The movie Southside with You is opening in theaters. The film follows Michelle and Barack Obama’s very first date, and shows something we don’t get too see too often in film: black romance.
 

Humans of the Water
August 26, 2016 | NPR · Photographer Collin Richie and three colleagues have been shooting portraits of people who were impacted by the floods in Louisiana. The images focus on what people were able to save.
 

Music

Susan Sharon
August 27, 2016 | MPBN · The religious sect known as Shakers, responsible for the song “Simple Gifts” and thousands of others, is almost gone — and a non-Shaker is trying to keep the group’s musical history alive.
 

Sony Pictures Classics
August 26, 2016 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · Hear three interpretations of the musical icon: on screen, with actor and director Don Cheadle; on the page, with co-biographer Quincy Troupe; and on stage, with trumpeter Keyon Harrold.
 

Courtesy of the artists
August 26, 2016 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The communication between piano and voice often becomes deeply personal. Two rising stars of their instruments prove as much in duet at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab