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Who Really Invented the Light Bulb?

Ep. 18

While Thomas Edison is widely credited as the inventor of the electric lightbulb in 1879, it had existed in one form or another since the the beginning of the 19th century. But as Hugh Price tells Don, another American - Lewis Latimer - had his own light bulb moment: tweaking Edison’s invention a year later to create a longer-lasting and more affordable light bulb, able to light the buildings and streets of America, and the world. 

 

Produced and mixed by Benjie Guy. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long. 

 

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