The Lightbulb Strikes Back : Short Wave Humans have a long history of inventions: electricity, telephones, computers, music — the list goes on. It's clear we're shaping the world around us.

But as Ainissa Ramirez explains in her new book, The Alchemy of Us, those inventions are shaping us, too.

The Lightbulb Strikes Back

The Lightbulb Strikes Back

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Ainissa Ramirez is the author of the book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. Bruce Fizzell hide caption

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Ainissa Ramirez is the author of the book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another.

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Humans have a long history of inventions: electricity, telephones, computers, music — the list goes on. It's clear we're constantly manipulating the world around us.

But those inventions are also shaping us.

Ainissa Ramirez explores the ongoing push and pull between humans and their inventions in her new book The Alchemy of Us.

Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Berly McCoy.

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