Wednesdays Why Is This Not a Movie?

The Wright Brothers w/Matt Voigts

from Why Is This Not a Movie? | Published 9/15/2021

Welcome back to Season 3 of Why Is This Not a Movie?! Every schoolchild knows the story of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk. But less well known is what came next — a tense couple of years in which the Wrights perfected their design for an airplane in secret, worried that someone might steal credit for their world-changing idea. Matt Voigts, an anthropology researcher who has a side gig in film production joins us to talk about the two eccentric tinkerers who built one of history's greatest inventions... and then wouldn't let anyone see it.

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