Heat and Light

8 EpisodesProduced by The Conversation

1968 transformed life in the U.S. forever. Join us as we go deep into six lesser-known stories from that year, guided by people who were so affected they devoted their lives to studying those events. From the students who rose up in protest to American TV's first interracial kiss, and from the roots… read more

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The Left’s Gift to Nixon

October 1st, 2018

22:52

1968 is often remembered as a time of revolution, when liberal activists stood up to the powers that be and established progressive movements that …

Why God Votes Republican

September 26th, 2018

24:48

The white Christian left was once a powerful influence on American politics, in an era when faith did not dictate political inclination. Then came …

The Mother of All Demos

September 17th, 2018

25:31

A computer may have been the size of room in 1968, but it was still a watershed year for tech industry. That year saw the founding of the Intel …

Detroit is Burning

September 10th, 2018

23:17

As 1968 began, the city of Detroit was dealing with the aftermath of some of the worst race riots the country had ever seen. That year, the Kerner Commission, appointed by president Lyndon Johnson, placed the blame …

An Interracial Kiss - on Another Planet

September 3rd, 2018

24:20

In 1968 America, a country where interracial marriage had been legal nationwide for only a matter of months, the idea of romance between the races was still a controversial proposition. That made it all the more …

Fear of a Non-Nuclear Family

August 28th, 2018

27:34

In 1968 the “Norman Rockwell” picture of the American family – the husband as breadwinner, the stay-at-home wife and mother, two kids, a white picket fence – was still widely accepted as the ideal. But things were …

Revolution Starts on Campus

August 27th, 2018

33:50

The radical student takeover of Columbia University in 1968 sparked a worldwide student protest movement: From Eastern Europe to South America, …

Heat and Light: Trailer

August 9th, 2018

1:28

Coming August 28th, The Conversation US presents Heat and Light: Stories from 1968, the year that changed America.

1968 was a year of huge social upheaval for the United States. We go deep into six key but lesser known …

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