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Hot Stuff: The Creation of the Microwave


Have you ever stood in front of a microwave and wondered how it can almost instantly heat your food? What if we told you it started with the tragedy of the Titanic? In this episode, join host Chris Duffy to discover the story behind this amazing invention and its creator, Percy Spencer. Learn about the technology used in creating the microwave and how curiosity can turn into great ideas that lead to inventions that change the world. Next time you’re making popcorn for movie night, you can impress your friends by telling them this incredible story.

About the Host

Chris Duffy is a comedian, television writer, and radio/podcast host. Chris currently hosts TED’s How to Be a Better Human podcast. He has performed live in venues as big as a sold out Lincoln Center and as small as a walk-in closet (also sold out). Chris is both a former fifth grade teacher and a former fifth grade student.

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.