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CBS’ ‘Innovation Nation’ airs from The Henry Ford

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Here in Metro Detroit, we know what historic and educational gems the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are. When “Innovation Nation” airs on CBS this Saturday, the rest of the country will know it, too.

The weekly show, hosted by CBS news correspondent Mo Rocca, starts in the halls of the Henry Ford Museum and showcases inventors and innovators across the country. It aims to inspire people to use their imaginations to create and invent, and to encourage young people to consider careers and the science and technology fields.

“Welcome to The Henry Ford’s ‘Innovation Nation,’ ” says Rocca at the start of the debut episode. “You are about to be astounded.”

The first episode, which airs at 8 a.m. Saturday on Channel 62 locally, explores Thomas Edison’s idea factory at Greenfield Village and goes on to feature innovators around the country, including the Inventioneers, a group of teen siblings in New Hampshire who invented the SMARTwheel. It’s a steering wheel that aims to combat distracted driving (you may have seen them on the fourth season of “Shark Tank”).

“Innovation Nation” will focus on young inventors, as well as historic inventions such as Thomas Edison’s light bulb.

“No matter how many ideas we come up with, Thomas Edison still makes us look like slackers,” Rocca says.

Each episode includes pop quizzes and a vocabulary lesson as well.

‘Innovation Nation With Mo Rocca’

8 a.m. Saturdays

WWJ-TV (Channel 62)