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Heat and Light

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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


The Mother of All Demos

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 Corporation that would revolutionize microprocessors and "the mother of all demos," a landmark event that featured the first public demonstration of a computer mouse. Our guest, Margaret O’Mara, a professor of U.S. history at the University of Washington, became fascinated with the story of the Silicon Valley through a circuitous path that involved time spent in the White House and a close encounter with the Little Rock Nine. She tells Philip how this place, once a pastoral agricultural community, became a technological and economic powerhouse – and what that meant for the people who lived there.

Read more in this accompanying article from Margaret O'Mara: In 1968, computers got personal: How the ‘mother of all demos’ changed the world

Music: “By Grace” by Podington Bear, found on, licensed under CC0 1

“Motions” by Rafael Krux, found on, licensed under CC0 1

Archival audio: Mother of All Demos - The Mouse

HAL 9000: “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that”

The First Microprocessor TV Commercial

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The 68’ Salute

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The Disruptors: The ‘Uber effect’ on the Taxi Industry

New video shows moments before fatal self-driving Uber crash

The Little Rock 9 - Arkansas 1957

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