Bob Hope and Atomic Bill

A podcast about the time Bob Hope taught the US of A a little something about nuclear physics. It was 1950, just five years after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Soviet Union had just built their own bomb. And what did Americans, huddled around their radios, want to hear? Comedian Bob Hope, joking about the world “blowing itself up.” In this Popcast, Eliza Smith talks about “The Quick and the Dead,” a 1950 NBC special about atomic energy, hosted by Bob Hope and produced by Fred Friendly.

Original audio can be found on Pop Up Archive, courtesy of the Broadcast Archives at WILL and Illinois Public Media:

Bob Hope and Atomic Bill

A podcast about the time Bob Hope taught the US of A a little something about nuclear physics. It was 1950, just five years after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Soviet Union had just built their own bomb. And what did Americans, huddled around their radios, want to hear? Comedian Bob Hope, joking about the world “blowing itself up.” In this Popcast, Eliza Smith talks about “The Quick and the Dead,” a 1950 NBC special about atomic energy, hosted by Bob Hope and produced by Fred Friendly.

Original audio can be found on Pop Up Archive, courtesy of the Broadcast Archives at WILL and Illinois Public Media:

hackersofsv:

“What got us into this are the voices themselves, hearing this amazing World War II broadcaster from 1945 and realizing that is how Americans experienced their world then. We’re constantly looking back on our pasts, reflecting on milestones in our collective history.

We have so much text-based history in books and proceedings, but recorded sound has been around for 100 years now and there is still no reliable way to search and access it. You still can’t see inside and search through an MP3. Well, until now.”

Anne Wootton | Pop Up Archive: Search engine for sound.

Thanks to Dani for this lovely feature of Anne, Pop Up Archive co-founder. We have now officially been deemed "Hackers of Silicon Valley.” Read more of her insightful profiles at Hackers of Silicon Valley.

hackersofsv:

“What got us into this are the voices themselves, hearing this amazing World War II broadcaster from 1945 and realizing that is how Americans experienced their world then. We’re constantly looking back on our pasts, reflecting on milestones in our collective history.

We have so much text-based history in books and proceedings, but recorded sound has been around for 100 years now and there is still no reliable way to search and access it. You still can’t see inside and search through an MP3. Well, until now.”

Anne Wootton | Pop Up Archive: Search engine for sound.

Thanks to Dani for this lovely feature of Anne, Pop Up Archive co-founder. We have now officially been deemed "Hackers of Silicon Valley.” Read more of her insightful profiles at Hackers of Silicon Valley.