The Spirit Of Innovation America's West Coast is known for taking the lead on innovation. From the tech entrepreneurs of California's Silicon Valley to restaurateurs in Tijuana, Mexico, innovators have helped to transform their communities. NPR's All Things Considered explores the frontiers of innovation on the West Coast.

Seattle Forager Inspires Others To Learn About Wild, Forgotten Foods

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Tech entrepreneurs gather at the offices of Y Combinator, a company based in Mountain View, Calif., that provides seed money to young startups. Founder Paul Graham predicts half of the startups funded by Y Combinator will ultimately fail. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Failure: The F-Word Silicon Valley Loves And Hates

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Chef Javier Plascencia finds inspiration for his dishes at the Mercado Hidalgo, a huge indoor market in Tijuana Melanie Stetson Freeman/Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images hide caption

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Chef Tempts Tourists Back To Tijuana By Focusing On The Food

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Research scientist Leila Takayama poses with a PR2 robot at Willow Garage, a robotics company in Menlo Park, Calif., that produces programmable robots. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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You Know You Want One: Personal Robots Are Coming, But Not Ready For You Yet

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