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"The Mothers of Invention."

Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek, authors of the book Mothers of Invention, a compilation of inventions by women. Some have been rather mundane, like Liquid Paper and drip coffee. But others include radium, the computer language COBOL and the first computer compiler. The authors are better known for their writing about rock and roll. (Interview by Faith Middleton)


Other segments from the episode on March 29, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 29, 1988: Interview with Andrew Weil; Commentary on "bad" music; Interview with Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek; Review of Kobo Abe's novel "The Ark Sakura."


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