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[08/06/13 - 11:06 AM]
"How We Got to Now" with Steven Johnson Celebrates the History and Power of Great Ideas
The six-part series, to be produced for PBS by Nutopia and hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist, explores the power and the legacy of great ideas.







HOW WE GOT TO NOW (PBS)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
8/6/13
STATUS:
currently in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to series
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
six episodes
DESCRIPTION:
(from PBS's press release, August 2013) Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced the premiere of HOW WE GOT TO NOW with Steven Johnson in fall 2014. The six-part series, to be produced for PBS by Nutopia and hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist, explores the power and the legacy of great ideas. Topics explored in the series include why and how ideas happen, and their sometimes unintended results, including how the search for clean water opened the way to invention of the iPhone, and how the nagging problem of overheating in a New York printing business led to the invention of air conditioning, which inspired mass migration and a political transformation. Johnson explains how the answers to the questions he poses in each episode - such as "how do we make something cold?" or "how do we create light?"- have driven other discoveries through the web of ideas and innovations that made each finding possible. Tracking each pursuit through history both ancient and contemporary, Johnson unlocks tales of unsung heroes and radical revolutions that changed the world and the way we live in it.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Steven Johnson as Host
CREW INFORMATION:
· Jane Root as EP
· Michael Jackson as EP
· Peter Lovering as EP
· Steven Johnson as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Nutopia