Benjamin Franklin’s Intellectual Revolution

23:29 minutes

Benjamin Franklin’s entrepreneurial spirit fueled American innovation during his time and can still be felt today. In The Society for Useful Knowledge, author Jonathan Lyons talk about how Franklin brought an intellectual revolution through practical invention, collaborative inquiry, and shared knowledge.

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Jonathan Lyons

Jonathan Lyons served as editor and foreign correspondent for Reuters for more than 20 years. He holds a doctorate in sociology, and has taught at George Mason University, Georgetown University, and Monash University in Australia. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Dennis James

Dennis James is a professor of glass music studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, in Corning, New York.

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Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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