TV pitchman Ron Popeil is an inventor and entrepreneur best known for his late night infomercials. In this podcast, Popeil describes how he went from selling his father's inventions in Chicago in the 1950s to inventing his own products, and lets us in on the history of television home shopping.
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A production of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center. Written, hosted, and audio production by Matt Ringelstetter. Art Molella, executive producer. Maggie Dennis, podcast program manager. Joyce Bedi, webmaster. Music by Latche Swing. Ron Popeil was interviewed on November 19, 2009 by Matt Ringelstetter; podcast released December 18, 2009.