Pagan Kennedy on inventive minds, and the Westminster dog show.

The Origins of the Tennis Ball Hopper, Rolling Suitcase, and More

The Origins of the Tennis Ball Hopper, Rolling Suitcase, and More

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 17 2016 4:18 PM

Are You a Super-Encounterer?

Pagan Kennedy helps explore the relationship between serendipity and an inventive mind. 

Can you imagine a time before the rolling suitcase?

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Listen to Episode 436 of Slate’s The Gist:


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On The Gist, Pagan Kennedy explains how writing the New York Times Magazine column “Who Made That?” led her to discover interesting similarities among many inventors. She’s the author of Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World. For the Spiel, we take you to the Westminster dog show.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.