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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 of Silicon Valley to the beginning of the end of the "traditional" American family. Host Phillip Martin is our guide, and remembers his own 1968 as a sixth grader in inner-city Detroit. Brought to you by The Conversation US, on the fiftieth anniversary of the year that changed America.

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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 of Silicon Valley to the beginning of the end of the "traditional" American family. Host Phillip Martin is our guide, and remembers his own 1968 as a sixth grader in inner-city Detroit. Brought to you by The Conversation US, on the fiftieth anniversary of the year that changed America.

    The Left’s Gift to Nixon

    The Left’s Gift to Nixon

    1968 is the year that Richard Nixon won the White House — which Republicans would control for most of the next two decades — in addition to a year of protest on the left.

    • 22 min
    Why God Votes Republican

    Why God Votes Republican

    In 1968, the Protestant Left lost its political clout over its opposition to the Vietnam War – and opened the door for the rise of the modern Religious Right.

    • 24 min
    The Mother of All Demos

    The Mother of All Demos

    In 1968 computers were the size of a room. But after the founding of Intel and the introduction of the mouse that year they would eventually fit in a pocket – and change the Silicon Valley forever.

    • 25 min
    Detroit is Burning

    Detroit is Burning

    In 1967, race riots nearly tore Detroit apart. The next year, the Kerner Commission, appointed by president Lyndon Johnson, placed the blame on the way the police and had handled the response.

    • 23 min
    An Interracial Kiss - on Another Planet

    An Interracial Kiss - on Another Planet

    In 1968, the idea of romance between the races was still a controversial proposition. That made it all the more revolutionary when an episode of Star Trek featured a kiss between black and white characters, the first interracial kiss on American TV.

    • 24 min
    Fear of a Non-Nuclear Family

    Fear of a Non-Nuclear Family

    In 1968 the idea of the ideal American family was the father as breadwinner, stay-at-home mom, two kids and a white picket fence. But the women's movement and other forces were beginning to change this – and inspire a conservative backlash that persists to this day.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

JessieLeighNogueira ,

Love the theme

I love hearing all of the stories from this decade. So often we get such a generalized overview of history but this really goes into detail about what was happening, and what better way to do it than focus on a particular year? More podcasts like this one please!!

futureshocked ,

Fascinating slices of history

These are some really well-told slices of such an influential year. Seeing as I was way too young to live through it, it's great getting caught up.

Ahdawnis ,

When Your Voice Matters More

I dig the content of the podcast, but the host really grinds my gears. He INSISTS on cutting people off (because he obviously believes his point matters more) and it’s irritating beyond measure to listen to. It’s almost as though he’s deaf to the inflection in the interviewees voice - they’re called a social cue. You know - the thing you listen for so you know when it’s your turn to speak? Yeah that. He especially loves doing this to women. Don’t believe me? Listen to “The Mother of All Demos” and tell me that I’m lying.

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