WAMU 88.5 : Metro Connection

Filed Under:

That Was Invented By... Whom???

Play associated audio
Inventor Herman Hollerith lived in several homes in Garrett Park, Md., including this one.
Rebecca Sheir
Inventor Herman Hollerith lived in several homes in Garrett Park, Md., including this one.

The D.C. area has been the birthing ground of some famous innovations, invented by some not-too-famous innovators. Rebecca Sheir shares the stories of two Washingtonians whose names may not ring a lot of bells these days, but whose creations have helped shape the modern world: Herman Hollerith and Emile Berliner.

[Music: "I've Got a Great Idea" by Harry Connick, Jr. from We Are in Love]


'Better Call Saul' And 'The Great American Dream Machine' Shine As DVD Box Sets

TV critic David Bianculli shares his enthusiasm for two newly released DVD box sets: season one of Better Call Saul and a four-DVD set of the 1970s PBS variety show, The Great American Dream Machine.

Sweet Name Of Kids' Clinic Gives Some People Heartburn

The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.

60 Years Later, What Can Activists Learn From The Montgomery Bus Boycott?

Decades after Rosa Parks changed history, a new generation faces the challenge of remaking the civil rights movement for the next century. What can they learn from the past to build for the future?

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.