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Steve Benson on Hedy Lamarr Patenting the Basis for Wi-Fi

This Week in History: On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr patented an invention that used player piano parts to help the military switch radio frequencies and avoid jammed signals, a breakthrough that became the basis for Wi-Fi. Steve Benson remains amazed by how incredible and unlikely an event like this was.
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This Week in History: On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr patented an invention that used player piano parts to help the military switch radio frequencies and avoid jammed signals, a breakthrough that became the basis for Wi-Fi. Steve Benson remains amazed by how incredible and unlikely an event like this was.

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Thumbnail of video. This Week in History: On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr patented an invention that used player piano parts to help the military switch radio frequencies and avoid jammed signals, a breakthrough that became the basis for Wi-Fi. Steve Benson remains amazed by how incredible and unlikely an event like this was.

Susan Stamberg on Experience at NPR

Susan Stamberg talks about being like "a neighbor over the fence" at NPR.
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Susan Stamberg talks about being like "a neighbor over the fence" at NPR.

Susan Stamberg on Founding Public Radio

Susan Stamberg talks about being a founding voice of public radio.
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Susan Stamberg talks about being a founding voice of public radio.

Radio Hosts

Ruling the Airwaves

Susan Stamberg and Sarah Koenig

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"Power Couples," Susan Stamberg and Sarah Koenig.
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"Power Couples," Susan Stamberg and Sarah Koenig.

Sarah Koenig in the Studio, Cropped

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Journalist and podcast producer Sarah Koenig.
Photographed by Elise Bergerson
Courtesy of Serial
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Journalist and podcast producer Sarah Koenig.

Photographed by Elise Bergerson

Courtesy of Serial

Netiva Ben Yehuda

Although she began her writing career very late in life, Netiva Ben Yehuda transformed the Israeli literary scene with her explosive Palmah trilogy.

Shulamit Aloni

Shulamit Aloni, the first Israeli woman to successfully found a political party, brought her zeal for education and empowerment to her career in the Knesset, helping generations of Israelis learn—and fight for—their rights.

Martine Rothblatt, September 23, 2010

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Martine Rothblatt accepting an award at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., on September 23, 2010.
Courtesy of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance/Wikimedia Commons.
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Martine Rothblatt accepting an award at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., on September 23, 2010.


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