Written and hosted by John Lienhard and KUHF-FM, Houston, The Engines of Our Ingenuity tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. The program uses the record of history to reveal the way art, technology, and ideas have shaped us. Episode topics range from cable cars to Civil War submarines, from the connection between Romantic poets and Victorian science to the invention of the bar code.
The series is broadcast five days a week by over thirty National Public Radio affiliates nation-wide. It was first aired on NPR member station KUHF-FM Houston on Jan. 4, 1988. It was made available nationally, three months later. As of Septmember 4, 2014, 2969 new episodes will have been aired and posted on the Engines web site.
The producers of the show have been Don Ham during 1988, Ron Russak until October, 1994, Rick Nelson until the Fall of 1995, and Capella Tucker until 2003 when Paul Franklin took up most of the production and Capella Tucker took over executive responsibility for the program. In 2010, Paul Pendergraft became producer with additional production by Ryan Edwards. Engines airs on Houston Public Media News 88.7 at 7:35 AM and 3:55 PM, Monday through Friday. The theme music for the Radio series was created by Andrew Lienhard.
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