CBS 62’s Eye on Detroit team spent some time with the Mo Rocca and the Innovation Nation crew recently to find out what makes the show and its host tick.
A cherished Michigan museum is home base for “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent and host of “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation”. The national TV series tells the stories behind past, present and future inventions and inventors.
Rocca explains why he thinks the Motor City is suited to this kind of show. “Detroit obviously the cradle of the auto industry and innovation. There’s a reason the museum is here and not just because Henry Ford was a big muckety muck and said I want this, I want that. I want Menlo Park. I want it all here. But Detroit today is an inspiration for innovators — seeing how this city is coming back. Detroit today is an inspiration and obviously a huge opportunity,” he said.
How did Rocca get the gig on “Innovation Nation”? He was noticed by execs for a piece he did for “CBS Sunday Morning” on a Rube Goldberg competition. “I covered that story and somebody called me afterwards and said do you want to do a story about the history of innovation and the innovation that’s happening today,” he said.
“I like shows where I end up learning stuff,” he added.
Rocca is based here during the show’s production and it’s been stimulating for the TV host. “I didn’t know much about cars before I came here and now I do. I want to get a 1957 DeSoto,” said Rocca.
“The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation” is part of CBS’ educational block “The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!” It airs Saturday mornings on CBS. It can be seen locally on CBS 62 at 8 a.m.
This feature is part of CBS 62’s Eye On Detroit series as seen weekdays during “CBS This Morning” between 7 and 9 a.m.