Why the 20 Years Ago Podcast Is Coming Back

I bring a lot of my own memory and experience to the history in “It Was 20 Years Ago Today.”  It’s fascinating because I can look back at events which I knew at the time were world-changing.  But, even more interesting, I can also look at events which were, on the day, not a big deal at all -- yet over the course of time prove to be the heralds of transformation in our lives.  More than perhaps anyone could have imagined.

In August of 1991, there were examples of both kinds of events.  An attempt to overthrow the government of the Soviet Union failed. A physicist at a research lab in Switzerland told a group of computer scientists about a new networking protocol he’d worked out, and a Finnish student told fellow computer nerds about a new operating system he was developing.  

We all knew, I think, that the USSR was on the way out.   A scant four months later, it ceased to exist entirely.  But did anyone even dream of the transformation those two technologies would work on the world?  For one thing, without the World Wide Web and Linux, you wouldn’t be reading these words.

Join me for all of this and more in new editions of “It Was 20 Years Ago Today,” coming this weekend.

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It was four years ago tomorrow -- on October 3, 2006 -- that the first episode of "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" hit the podcast feed. Tomorrow -- October 3, 2010 -- the show returns with our first new episode since November 2009.

In the coming weeks I'll be looking at an unexpected winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the origin of one of the Internet's most famous institutions, the end of political eras in the UK and Haiti, the birth of the World Wide Web, and many more.

Join me tomorrow for a look at German reunification, 20 years on.

 

Category:Announcements -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT
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The "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" podcast is going on an indefinite hiatus.  The show will come back -- right now, though, I can't say exactly when.

I'm making this official, as I am trying to reorganize myself, set my priorities, and admit that there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do -- let alone do it well.  For a little more about that, and what my big priorities for the new year are, please check out my personal blog, Sailbourne.

I do plan to continue work on the "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" book, compiling the scripts of the first 164 episodes (plus additional episodes that didn't make it to the feed).  When the podcast returns, we'll have a new blog and website.

Watch this space for news and updates, and please be sure to check out my Sailbourne blog and the Ollin Productions website for more on what I'm doing during the hiatus.

Best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy 2010, and thank you all for your support!

Category:Announcements -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT
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Nominations are opening shortly for the 2008 People's Choice Podcast Awards, presented by the fine folks at Podcast Connect, home to Geek News Central.  Please take a few minutes and nominate "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" by clicking on the Podcast Awards banner at the right, or by visiting the PodCastAwards website.

Thanks for the support!
Category:Announcements -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT
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Just a brief announcement to let folks know that "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" is going on a short hiatus.  My day job has been downright brutal (60+ hour work weeks) for the past several weeks, and looks to continue that way for quite some time (with, if all goes well, a short vacation between Christmas and New Years).  Taking a break from the podcast now will allow me to get some more shows written and recorded in advance, which will allow me to post new episodes consistently after the break.

Look for the next new episode to appear on Thursday, December 21.

Thanks so much for your understanding and support.
--Jamie


Category:Announcements -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT
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Since two days, perhaps three will go by between shows this time, I wanted to let you all know I haven't given up on the podcast.  A few other events have taken up some of my time but I am working on researching and writing new shows and will be back with a new episode on Monday at the latest.

Thank you all for bearing with me.  If you've been enjoying the show, please do spread the word.

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