How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson celebrates the history and power of great ideas on WETA TV26 & HD Wednesday nights! The six-part series is hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist Steven Johnson. Ever wonder “how do we make something cold?” or “how do we create light?” Johnson surprises viewers that these very questions have lead to other discoveries seemingly unrelated. Tracking ancient and contemporary history, Johnson shares the fantastic minds and radical revolutions that changed the world and the way we live in it.
“Clean” airs Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 9pm
How our battle against dirt created the sidewalk, the swimming pool, the flat screen, and the iPhone.
“Time” airs Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 10pm
How our journey to calculate time helped create international trade and travel, victory for the North in the Civil War, GPS, and understanding of the origins of human life.
“Glass” airs Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 10pm
How our quest to see better helped us see the world differently, whether right in front of our noses with the birth of eyeglasses or far beyond our visible universe with the creation of the telescope.
“Light” airs Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 10pm
How our quest to harness light changed our genetic make-up, gave birth to Times Square, Las Vegas, video downloads, and an artificial sun.
“Cold” airs Wednesday November 5, 2014 at 10pm
How our mastery of “cold on demand” helped give birth to at least four million babies, created the golden age of Hollywood, and unlocked the secrets of the universe.
“Sound” airs Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 10pm
How the journey to harness sound created the modern world of instant communication, but also helped put thousands of planes in the sky, changed the face of warfare, and created a new way for teenagers to rebel.