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Explore the impact of sound in the world of medicine and our lives today.


Host Steven Johnson examines the effects of man’s mastery of cold on food and Hollywood.


Uncover a link between gas lamps, electric light and architecture and advertising.


Uncover a link between art, science and global communication: glass.


How time advanced navigation, technology, travel and the way we work.


How clean water has changed our world and the way we live our lives.

About How We Got to Now

How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson is a six part documentary series that reveals the story behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible; the unsung heroes that brought them into the world, and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations has triggered.

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