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. Airs Wednesday, October 15 - November 12 2014 at 9/8c for the first episode and 10/9c thereafter.

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Introducing How We Got to Now on Learning Media


Steven introduces how the series can be used to inspire innovation in the classroom.

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Where do good ideas come from?


Rather than a series of 'lightbulb moments', ideas can sometimes take a little longer!

About How We Got To Now


Steven discusses the various themes and innovations explored in the series.

The Story of Standardized Time


Steven explains how we developed a global system of standardized time.

The Development of the Ice Trade


Steven tells how Frederic Tudor developed a method of transporting ice to warm climates.

Measuring Sound


Introducing Harvey Fletcher, the man who invented a meter to measure noise pollution.

The Development of Chlorine


How did chlorination help purify drinking water in America?