Spark 132 - January 2 & 5, 2011

On this episode of Spark, it's our innovation special. Click below to listen to the whole show, or download the MP3 (runs 54:00).

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Where Good Ideas Come From

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We cover a lot of good ideas on Spark. But here's the question: where exactly do goods idea come from? What happens in the space between not having an idea, and having an idea? Steven Johnson has been thinking a lot about that lately. Steven's the author of a number books about science and culture, such as The Ghost Map and Everything Bad is Good For You. His latest is Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. (Runs 21:09)

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Internet Architecture and Innovation

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Barbara van Shewick is a Stanford law professor and computer scientist. She says that a big part of what's made the Internet so successful is its underlying structure, or its architecture. And as the architecture of the internet changes, its ability to foster innovation is endangered. (Runs 26:45)

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