The Computer History Museum's Revolutionaries spotlights Silicon Valleys most influential figures on KQED

Mountain View, California  |  January 14, 2014

Revolutionaries, the 12-part interview series produced by the Computer History Museum, in association with KQED Silicon Valley, returns for a third season. The series airs on KQED Plus on Tuesdays at 7pm, starting January 21, with an in-depth look at the sailing technology used by the 34th America’s Cup winners Oracle Team USA.

The series features intriguing conversations with renowned Silicon Valley leaders and innovators with valuable insights into the process, risks, and rewards of technological innovation. Upcoming episodes feature a wide range of fascinating figures including Facebook COO and author of the bestselling book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg; Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins; and noted tech journalists David Kirkpatrick, Steven Levy and 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner John Markoff.

Revolutionaries is a ‘backstage pass’ to the world of tech. Viewers get to hear the inside story from scientists who launched the computer age and those who are pushing the envelope today,” said Becca King Reed, executive director of KQED Silicon Valley and executive producer for KQED Plus. “The Computer History Museum and KQED have worked together to develop a series that provides a rare glimpse into the minds of some of technology’s biggest names.”  

“We are so pleased that Revolutionaries will continue for a third season on KQED Plus, and have worked hard to develop another year of interesting and insightful conversations with technology and business thought leaders,” said Carol Stiglic, the Museum’s VP of program and business development and series creator.  “KQED is a fantastic partner and it has meant so much to have our content made available to the wider KQED community of active and engaged users.”

The Computer History Museum and KQED’s partnership, now in its third year, evolved from the museum’s exhibit, “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.” The series is also broadcast on KQED Public Radio.

Revolutionaries Season 3 Episodes on KQED Plus:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7pm 
Technology Under Sail
Defenders of the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA knows a thing or two about smooth sailing under pressure. Museum CEO John Hollar discusses the challenges and impact of sailing technology with Stan Honey, Director of Technology, America’s Cup Event Authority, Matthew Mason, Grinder, Oracle Team USA and Ian “Fresh” Burns, Design Team Member, Oracle Team USA.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7pm
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
In her bestseller Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg strives to empower women in the workplace. Join Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as he moderates a fascinating conversation with Sandberg on the difficulties of being a woman in the professional world, including advice and solutions.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7pm
Chroniclers of Technology
After covering the stunning ups and dramatic downs of major tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and IBM, journalists (and friends) David Kirkpatrick, Steven Levy and John Markoff have some fascinating stories to tell. John Hollar moderates.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7pm
The Age of Edison

Dive into the genius of the innovator and educator Thomas Edison with historian and author Ernest Freeberg (The Age of Edison). John Hollar moderates.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7pm
IBM Research & Cognitive Computing

IBM senior vice president and director of research Dr. John E. Kelly III chronicles impressive milestones in the company’s history. John Hollar moderates the conversation.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7pm
40 Years at Intel with Dr. Justin Rattner

After 40 years at Intel, Senior Fellow Justin Rattner is an expert in global research, programming, security and user experience. Join John Hollar as he talks with Rattner about everything from inspiration to working with Stephen Hawking.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7pm
White House Science & Tech Policy

The Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. John P. Holdren advises the President on hot-button issues like climate change, education and national security. The New York Times’ senior writer John Markoff moderates a conversation with Holdren on OSTP initiatives.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7pm
Trip Hawkins: Game Changer

Electronic Arts founder and interactive gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins has inspired change in the video game industry for decades. John Markoff moderates a conversation with this revolutionary.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7pm
An Evening with Qualcomm’s Dr. Paul E. Jacobs

In an age of smartphones, laptops and tablets, connecting wirelessly has become a way of life. Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is the chairman of the board and CEO of Qualcomm, a leading producer of micro-technologies that enable our hands-free lifestyle. He joins John Hollar for a captivating conversation.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7pm

Regis McKenna: Marketing Mastermind

For more than 30 years, Regis McKenna has helped turn fledgling companies into globally-recognized brands. From Intel’s first microprocessor to Apple’s original personal computer, McKenna has marketed the technologies that have fundamentally changed the way we live today. John Markoff moderates.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7pm 

Innovating the Future

SRI International is one of the largest research and innovation centers in the world, contributing valuable data to global technology, medicine and education. John Markoff discusses research and the marketplace with SRI’s President and CEO Curt Carlson and VP of Information and Computing Science William Mark.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7pm

Padmasree Warrior with Laura Sydell

Padmasree Warrior was named one of Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women” for two years running. The Cisco chief technology and strategy officer has blazed trails within the tech industry and beyond for over twenty years. NPR Digital Culture Correspondent Laura Sydell moderates.

About the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.

The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours and an award-winning education program. The Museum’s signature exhibition is “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” described by USA Today as “the Valley’s answer to the Smithsonian.” Other current exhibits include “Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2,” “Going Places: The History of Google Maps with Street View,” “IBM 1401 Demo Lab,” and “DEC PDP-1.”

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About KQED Public Television

KQED Public Television, the PBS affiliate that serves Northern California, is one of the country’s most popular public television stations. It brings the values of public media to homes around the Bay Area with Emmy Award–winning programming that inspires, informs and entertains, including Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Masterpiece Mystery: Sherlock Holmes, American Masters, Great Performances, NOVA and Nature. KQED Public Television produces local series like Check, Please! Bay Area, KQED Newsroom,San Francisco Opera and ImageMakers as well as popular programs for national broadcast such as Essential Pépin, QUEST and Film School Shorts. For more information, please visit

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