Watch Innovation Nation

This documentary series traces the events that led to the invention of some of humankind's greatest accomplishments. Host Mo Rocca leads viewers through each innovation in his typically humorous style.

Saturday 10:00 AM et/pt on CBS
1 Season, 74 Episodes
September 27, 2014
Documentary & Biography
8.1/10
Cast: Mo Rocca, Alie Ward, Adam Yamaguchi, Albert Lawrence
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Innovation Nation Full Episode Guide

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The innovation of floating down a river on a hammock. The inventor of shoes that grow along with the child's foot. The mesmerizing movements of the wind-driven sculptures called Strandbeests. And, how electricity first moved from the lab to the home.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The inexpensive artificial arm invented by a teen. The mouthpiece that's an Automatic Toothbrush. The mechanical snake that seeks out water pollution. And, the machine based on early computer theories.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The Cat backpack. The man who invented the Segway. We get inventive advice from the innovators we've profiled. And, the history of pressed glass.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The woman who started an organization to encourage young women to learn computer coding. The man who created a paper airplane drone. How designers Charles and Ray Eames used design to teach math. And, the glove helping the disabled.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the best of our first 100 shows, including The Wolves of Yellowstone. The teen who created an app to help those being bullied in school. The Jetman who flies with wings on his back. And, the story of Rosa Parks and restoring the bus where she made history.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The amazing designs of magnetic liquid. The app that can detect head injuries. The drone planting forests. And, the history of the lathe which changed machinery.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The rocket scientist who invented the Super Soaker squirt gun. The street traveling delivery robot. The light that uses gravity as power. And, the historic Lemans Race between Ford and Ferrari.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The underwater trash can cleaning up harbors. The spray on touchscreen that can change the computing world. Concrete cloth building fast, rock hard homes. And, the history of roadside lodging.

  • Host Mo Rocca show us: The woman who used her grandmother's tea to keep food from spoiling. The social worker who invented the phone charging purse. The scientist who took a balloon into the stratosphere. And, the new take on the age old butter churner.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The Wrist Band that relieves stress. A chair that makes you balance and sit up straight. The personal air monitor. And, the history of clocks.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The women who invented a new way to keep food fresh. The inventor if the Self Cleaning Gym Bag. The newest way to travel with wheels on your feet. And, the designer who changed the worlds taste.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The fire-less grill that cooks using heat from the sun. The sponge that can sop up ocean oil spills. The scuba diving tank you can pump up by hand. And, the car innovator who failed, but changed the industry.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: Tunnels of sound with directional speakers. How silver thread has put an end to smelly clothes. The first modern copying machine. And, an innovative manual clothes washer.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The underwater drone bringing bait to the fish. The inventor of 3D printing. Updates on past innovators. And, how railroad signals changed train traffic.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the latest innovations coming out of London and Wales, including An inland surfing park. Hair coloring that changes with wind and temperature. Earbuds that translate foreign languages in real time. And, Edison's delivery room for the technology boom.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The Bat BnB keeping bugs at bay. The wristband saving electrical workers from shocking danger. The historic balloon reaching the stratosphere. And, the kinder, gentler, horseshoe.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The cargo carrier that follows you. The device that allows doctors to examine you from the other side of the world. A new spin on the old world butter churner. And, when the car industry moved to muscle cars.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The hands-free, peg-leg crutch for leg injuries. The latest inventions for pregnancy and babies. Smelling the world with your phone. And, the reading book that taught our ancestors.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The innovation of floating down a river on a hammock. The fingerprint padlock. Looking back at the female pioneers of the sky. And, saving eyesight in Africa with a smartphone app.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The art of the folding pop-up greeting cards. The inventor of shoes that grow along with the child's foot. Tents that are taking to the trees. And, how electricity first moved from the lab to the home.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The fold up kayak. The British inventor changing hair color with the wind. How Thomas Edison inadvertently invented the tattoo pen. And, the mesmerizing movements of the Strandbeest.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The social worker who create a wireless phone charging purse. Reversing hidden hunger by enhancing food nutrition. The daddy of java, Mr. Coffee. And, turning fog into water.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The new art form of lighting your fingertips. Inventing the alien rock grabber. Earbuds that translate languages in real time. And, the history of roads connecting the country.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The London innovator creating artistic globes of the world. The woman who took her grandmother's tea recipe to make food last longer. The drone finding and clearing landmines from war torn countries. And, the place where modern day technology began.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: An innovative Surf Park in the North Wales countryside. Stopping police chases with a tire lasso. The watch for the blind, getting popular with the sighted. And, the speed of flight, from the Wright Brothers to space.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The man making mansions in the trees. The innovator turning your smartphone into an underwater camera. Making Mexico's highways greener with vertical gardens. And, when the railroad world ditched steam for diesel.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: The movie magic behind animal actors. The computerized farmer for your garden. How collecting water in Africa is less of a pain in the neck. And, how Airmail changed how we communicated.

  • A drone travels underwater to investigate beneath the sea; a smartphone Steadycam; home water use monitor; the chronology of seats.

  • A device for smartphones can find fish underwater; a newly developed cast helps limbs heal more quickly; famous desks in history.

  • Host Mo Rocca takes a closer look at a hover bike and a briefcase/electric scooter. Also: examining the task of putting a museum online; and the inventor of the magnetic credit card strip.

  • Ball-playing horses; sound that fights fire; how rug weaving led to computer programming; polymers.

  • A camera ball makes police officers safer; a school that teaches watchmaking; mobile camper history; an app that unlocks your home to anyone you choose.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us how to turn your old smartphones into a security system; a solar powered bicycle; a device that automatically tunes your guitar; and the beginnings of the electric company.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the innovator making sure you stand up straight; the app to protect your loved ones while walking alone; an invention making water out of thin air; the history of grinding grains in the grist mill.

  • A mother wants all children to be able to walk with their parents; growing lungs for those who need transplants; farm equipment history.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: the physics behind an extreme slip and slide; how inventors use crowdfunding to bring their ideas to the world; the stealth invention of the V-8 engine; and updates of some favorite innovators profiled on Innovation Nation.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us learning the science of gravity with bowling balls; the physics involved with the art of stone balancing; the rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison; and the new bee hive that makes the honey flow.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the inventor soaring to new heights with a jet on his back; new innovation putting an end to police chases; the Drinkable Book that filters dirty water; the art and science of restoring museum artifacts.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us how you may be able to someday print your clothes; the panic button app giving you protection in the palm of your hand; the history of the Tri-Motor airplane.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us: the innovator who has created a hover board; the push to have kids learn computer code in school; the man who developed super bananas to ward off disease; plus the history of steam engines in manufacturing.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the highest tech to keep tabs on your toddler; rebuilding the billfold that’s been breaking your backside; the history behind the lunch wagon and mobile food; and the playful polymers making you jump higher while keeping babies’ bottoms drier.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the TV magic behind the first down lines on football telecasts; the App Camp for Girls; the history behind windmill innovations; and putting out fires with sound waves.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the car dashboard that makes sure you’re paying attention; the softest speakers putting you to sleep; the light making your video chats glow; and history’s greatest innovators go camping.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the physics behind the tallest roller coaster; making makeup at home with the inventor of the 3-D makeup printer; historic arcade and video games; and the headlights for your running shoes.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the physics involved with the art of stone balancing; farmers saving water with the tree T-PEE; the history of turning the family farm into a business; and the chemistry behind the polymers we use every day.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us what device is keeping sharks away from swimmers; the video doorbell connected to your smartphone; the history of the DC-3 airliner; and the coating for plastic bottles that gets the last drop.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us the coolest toy for horses; teaching the science of gravity with bowling balls; making plastic from banana peels; and how weaving techniques led to computer programming.

  • Host Mo Rocca shows us how returning wolves to Yellowstone National Park changed nature; Vine’s six-second Spielberg, Zach King; the rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison; and the new beehive that makes the honey flow.

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