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Inventing the Future in 1939

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Inventing the Future in 1939

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Cigarette-smoking robots and super highways were just a few of the futuristic new inventions presented at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

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Tom taps into the Smithsonian's vaults and labs to gaze into the we envisioned it in the 1930s and as we look forward today. First, Tom visits the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to examine designers' visions of tomorrow via the 1939 World's Fair collection. Then, he heads to Panama to talk to scientists helping to preserve the future of the tropical rainforest.

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