“The Engines of Our Ingenuity” is a radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. Written and hosted by John Lienhard and other contributors, it is heard nationally on Public Radio and produced by Houston Public Media. Among other features, this web site houses the audio transcripts of over 3000 five minute episodes broadcast since the show’s inception in 1988.
With thousands of streaming audio programs to choose from, there is as you might guess a huge array of inventions and historical topics to choose from, including basic inventions like paper clips and tunnels, to odd ball topics that might also appeal to young listeners, including Mad Scientists, the Black Death, and many others. Just start digging around and you’ll find something that you are currently or planning to study.
These short audios are pretty much straightforward and can be a bit dense for younger students, but tweens and teens especially ought to eat these up – and at five minutes length, they are very easy to listen to.
Click here to go to their site! (Once on the page, click the link “Engines Transcripts” to go to their streaming library of shows.)