Topics by Kara Miller
We sat in front of our TVs on election night and watched the map of America get divided into red states and blue states. Learn how polarization results from a lack of understanding.
What does the newest research tell us about online dating? Innovation Hub's Kara Miller discusses the question with Bob Seay.
Innovation Hub looks at the changing workplace. Is telecommuting more common? Dogs in the office more acceptable? And what about people who are employed, but with no office at all?
Innovation Hub is joined by the winner of Harvard's Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Today, we take the pulse of the job market. Are companies finally starting to feel more secure? And what kinds of jobs and skills are now most in demand?
Innovation Hub looks at the increasing scarcity of water as the world's population grows.
The locavore movement is increasingly powerful — but one author says the movement is not nearly diverse enough and excludes some of the very people who most need healthy, affordable food.
Innovation Hub meets the winners of this year's MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Challenge.
From music in video games to web-generated comic strips, traditional art may be migrating out of concert halls and gallery spaces and onto the web. Innovation Hub takes a look — and a listen.
In an encore edition, Innovation Hub looks at the power of crowdsourcing. What happens you pool wisdom, ideas, solutions — even money?
We speak with a scholar taking up the question of whether there are true, distinctive differences between one race and another.
We lift the veil on cybercrime, which can lead to stolen identities, stolen company secrets — even stolen military secrets.
Innovation Hub takes a look at medical procedures and devices that may change how diseases are diagnosed and treated.
Is our education system training young Americans for an innovative future? We ask innovators and teachers about the future of math and science education.
For one scholar, India’s poorest regions represent innovation — innovation that may have lessons to teach the world.
A look at the innovative programs that are helping inner-city students get the connections, resources and knowledge that it takes to be the next great entrepreneur, scientist or thinker.
We talk to two authors who have looked at what it takes to successfully run an innovative business, from start-ups all the way to behemoths like Proctor and Gamble.
We talk to a few local entrepreneurs trying their hand at the business world: trying to come up with the next great idea, encountering money problems, and sometimes getting a little help from Oprah...
Children spend more and more time punching out text messages, playing online games, and updating their Facebook pages. Is a tech takeover of the classroom inevitable?
Innovation Hub takes a look at how social media is changing us and the world we live in. What do we share about ourselves? And what do we want to keep secret?
We talked with David Edwards on the mad science behind his food inventions, like inhalable chocolate and caffeine.
Does our tax system make any sense? We ask two top economists how they would reinvent and rethink.
Our guest this week, a Harvard economist and urban expert, says we are now entering the golden age of the city. Cities, he says, enable us to learn from each other in a complex world, building on each others' ideas and powering humanity's progress.
Hear from the the authors of the book Race Against the Machine, who argue that the stagnant unemployment rate may not be getting better any time soon.
We're joined by Harvard’s David Weinberger, whose book, Too Big to Know, argues that the rapidly-expanding amount of information available to us is changing how we think and communicate.
Xiaoyu He and David Ding are among the 40 Intel STS finalists who have spent the week in Washington D.C. and will come home with cash prizes for their pre-college research.
We talk to a filmmaker, a vice president at Google and a national news anchor about the future of women in business.
Innovation Hub looks at the changing workplace: telecommuting, skyping, and emailing from home? Free food, games, and quirky decorations?
We all know that musicians, models, and actors often have lives filled with unpredictable, one-time gigs. But what if, along with hip-hop bands, wedding photographers, and freelance writers, we’re all being enveloped by the gig economy?
We’ll look at high-tech ways of getting healthy — a nutritionist in your pocket, a marathon coach on your mobile phone — and more.
The power of crowdsourcing isn't limited to start-ups. Next, we explore the role it plays in science, medicine and even municipal affairs.
This week, we look at the power of crowd-sourcing. What happens you pool wisdom, ideas, solutions — even money? First, we look at the crowdsourcing phenomenon, Kickstarter.
We talk to experts about the rising tide of social entrepreneurship. Does it have the power to address some of the fundamental problems in society?
How can we adapt cars to a world that's rapidly industrializing, urbanizing, and straining to meet its energy needs?
What it will take to generate the energy and fuel for a planet that just hit 7 billion and isn’t done growing? The old gas-and-coal-powered grid is changing. Germany now generates 20% renewable energy, but America has lagged — and our next guest says that’s got to change.
We take a walk through Harvard's new Innovation Lab,where students and graduate students can take courses, find mentors, compete for start-up money… and work together while doing it.
We're joined by an executive from Google, and other top minds in the advertising world — including a veteran of Superbowl ads — to ask how advertisers will reach out to us in the future.
We turn to 2012’s hot gadgets and newest technology and talk about one of those products with its inventor.
We take a look at the role of innovation in the job hunt -- from new, growing industries to new tools job seekers can use to land that job.
On this encore edition of Innovation Hub, we look at new ideas in urban education and explore the expanding horizons of educational video games.
As students grapple with the high costs of college, and universities work to cope with increasing demand, how can online learning play a bigger role in the landscape of higher education?
We invite panelists who represent a spectrum of innovations to combat global poverty — one big initiative, or one tiny step, at a time.
We talk to organizations that are taking homeless people off the streets and investing in families — using the tactic of helping the poor by empowering them.
Over the past few weeks at Innovation Hub, we have spoken with a number of young entrepreneurs, and the people who help their businesses grow, with space and money. And, no matter how you slice it, there's one fact we can't get away from: Young people today are flocking toward start-ups and entrepreneurship at newly high levels. MORE INNOVATION HUB
We hear from the people with the purse. Some of the Boston area’s most knowledgeable venture capitalists, seed-funders and prize-givers join us to talk about what they’re investing in, how to spot great talent, and whether the economy is finally springing back to life in Boston. MORE INNOVATION HUB
This week, we look at how to create spaces that encourage creativity and inventiveness. What happens when you put hundreds of ambitious entrepreneurs in one building? Do great minds feed off each other? What can they teach us about success — and about potential pitfalls?
Today, we look at what it takes for young people to start their own businesses in tough economic times. What ideas are viable? Where do you get money? And how do you cater to financially-strapped consumers? We talk to some of the most creative young minds in the Boston area.
We follow food from the land and water to the restaurant table. How are some of Boston’s top chefs incorporating sustainability into their work? Does it change what they serve? How they run their restaurants? And even how food tastes?
We look at new frontiers in sustainable food. Is a new model of food production changing the way we eat? The way we think about food? How do you run a green, 21st-century farm? How can you compete with inexpensive imports?
As students grapple with the high costs of college, and universities work to cope with increasing demand, could a new model for higher education be on the way? Or is it already here?
This week, architects, builders, and entrepreneurs join us for a discussion about green architecture. How can remaking homes, apartments, and public spaces benefit the planet and increase our interaction with the world around us?
We welcome two nationally-known business insiders for a wide-ranging conversation about seeding new companies, technologies on the rise and, of course, the next big thing.
We sit down with three experts to talk about how you get people to move from the suburbs back to urban areas, how you can repave streets to make way for pedestrians and bicyclists, how climate change affects cities and how urban spaces will evolve in the 21st-century city.
This week, we think about remaking urban living. In the middle of the 20th century, young families began streaming out of cities, tempted by lawns, two-car garages, and spacious homes.
Once, they were a distraction from homework, something mom told kids to put away before their brain frittered away. But now, some designers and educators say video games can be cutting-edge educational tools. What happens when video games are homework?
Almost half of students in large cities read below grade level, lagging far behind their suburban counterparts. Why does this problem exist, and how do we tackle it? We visit a school that’s turning itself around — and ask a researcher what that sort of turnaround will take.
We turn now to inventions that could change your experience at the doctor’s office, at a hospital — and even how you administer medicines at home.
As costs continue to climb, adding to the country’s deficit and snarling our politics, we look at the most innovative solutions to health care reform. How should doctors be paid? How do we address end-of-life care? Should we rethink the HMO system?
What are the most effective behavioral solutions? The best drugs in development? What does the newest research on obesity tell us about how to treat it?
This week, we tackle two big questions: What are the newest green-energy technologies available, and how can the United States be encouraged to embrace them? Then, we turn to a conversation on tackling obesity. Find both conversations after the jump.
Welcome to Innovation Hub! Each week on this show, we’ll hear from the most inventive, creative minds around and ask: What are they thinking? Building? Creating?
WGBH Contributor Kara Miller gets charmed and a little bit spooked by “Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey,” a show of the late illustrator’s original drawings on display at the Boston Athenaeum through June 4.
Abraham talks to Kara Miller about about listening to Stravinsky, eating lobster in Boston, and playing Shylock in ArtsEmerson's The Merchant of Venice.
By Kara Miller
The most important lesson from the Sherrod affair may actually concern the media, the 24-hour beast that scoops up stories, tosses them around, and then—just as impetuously—drops them.