In real life, we usually never get to invent ingenious solutions, like the guy in the old TV series MacGyver. Today, four real stories in which real people invent amazingly clever solutions to their problems.
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Bolt Of Lightning, Pro And Con
Chuck Klosterman talks about the time he MacGyvered his way out of one of the worst situations a boyfriend can find himself in. Klosterman is the author of the book Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto. (6 minutes)
Files In Cakes, Ha!
There's a book called Prisoners' Inventions, by a California inmate who publishes under the pseudonym Angelo. He describes the ingenious devices prisoners build out of the rudimentary materials at hand. Actor Felix Solis reads excerpts. Our story was produced with help from Jonathan Menjivar; thanks also to Temporary Services. The book is available on the website whitewalls.org. (4 minutes)