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The Conversation Launches a New Podcast Series – Explores Events from 1968 That Reverberate Today

BOSTON–()–The Conversation US has launched its new podcast series, Heat and Light. The series targets 1968, a year of massive social change in America. Fifty years later, this show goes behind the scenes of six pivotal but underreported events from that year and reveals how they reverberate today.

Each episode features an expert scholar who tells each backstory interviewed by the show host, Senior Investigative Reporter for Boston public NPR station WGBH and award-winning journalist Phillip Martin.

Go to our website: to access the trailer, photos and more about Heat and Light: Stories from 1968, the year that changed America.

“We are proud to bring listeners a show that marries historical narrative with personal stories from subject matter experts who have devoted their lives to studying some of the most consequential moments in the 20th century,” said Maria Balinska, Editor and Co-CEO of The Conversation.

The Heat and Light series includes the following episodes:

  • The student occupation of Columbia University with Stefan Bradley of Loyola Marymount University and Michael Kazin of Georgetown University, who himself participated in the student uprisings of 1968.
  • How concerns about the women’s movement created a perception of the decline of the American family that shaped modern conservatism, with Natasha Zaretsky of Southern Illinois University.
  • The first interracial kiss on American television – between two crew members of the starship Enterprise with Matt Delmont of Arizona State University.
  • The historical significance of race and class in the Detroit Algiers Motel incident and ensuing Kerner Commission Report with Jeffrey Horner of Wayne State University.
  • The demo that unveiled to the world fundamental elements of modern personal computing, with Margaret O’Mara of the University of Washington.
  • The decline of the evangelical left and the rise of the religious right, with Jill Gill of Boise State University.
  • About The Conversation US
    The Conversation ( is an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public. Launched in October 2014, The Conversation has, to date, worked with over 5,000 scholars from more than 630 American colleges and universities.

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