Introducing: "Brought to you by…"

Tommy Andres Jun 20, 2014

Did you know Doritos were born in a Disneyland dumpster? Or that the Slinky was the happy accident of a naval engineer?

At Marketplace, we’re always curious about the brains behind the products that have become synonymous with American life, so we’re starting a new series called “Brought to you by…”

We’ll track down the innovators and inspirations behind the stuff you use every day and tell those stories on the radio and our website.

Since the solstice is on the horizon, we’re starting with stuff that Americans buy up and bring out every summer, from sunscreen to pool noodles to popsicles.

So what do you want to know about?

Tell us your favorite summer products in the comments below, and we’ll track them back down to their start.

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